Summer Adventures At Mountain Resorts Center On Kids
Ziplines like this one at Whitefish Mountain take kids for high-flying rides at mountain resorts. (Whitefish/Facebook)
Winter resorts across the nation want kids to take up skiing and snowboarding to keep the sports growing. And, many believe that attracting youngsters to the mountains during the summer will help.
Here's a short list of kid-friendly adventure centers up in the mountains:
Bromley. Friendly competition features at southern Vermont mountain resort: Pairs of pedalers compete to spin fastest on Space Bikes; two-kid teams go round on Twin Spin ride; and, best basketball shooter watches rival get drenched. Unlimited ticket goes for $69 and includes chairlift ride. Buy 3 get one free, too.
Jiminy Peak. Host of activities at Mountain Adventure Center western Mass. resort: mountain coaster, alpine slide, zipline, climbing wall, bungee bounce. All-day pass $34 for kids up to 54 inches tall, $65 for taller ones. Half-day, limited-activity, six-ride and single-ride ticket also sold.
Gunstock. Hit the heights on Explorer Course for aerial obstacle challenges at central N.H. resort. Fifteen games for ages to 11 in the trees include log ladders, bridges, swings, seesaws and plenty of zip lines for $25, with reservations. More difficult course adjacent, or take Segway Off-Road Tour down below.
Mt. Hood SkiBowl. Twenty-three activities – some rated “extreme” – await kids at Play Zone, including disc golf, Indy-style go karts, reverse bungee drop, batting cages, among others. All-day unlimited runs $79, three-hour pass goes for $69, with ala carte tickets available, too, at Oregon mountain resort.
Whitefish Mountain. Stay off the ground with Aerial Adventure Park at Montana resort. For kids at least 7 years old, this obstacle course in the trees has five levels of difficulty, with more than 60 obstacles up to 50 feet off the ground. Child up to 12 years old costs $35 for all-day pass.
Mammoth. Day pass ($39) means zipline, bungee trampoline and climbing wall at base of Gold Rush Express for kids under 13. One of California's best mountain bike parks next door. Form a two-person team under 15 years old and compete at 2016 Kids Adventure Games Aug. 26-28.