Families used to look forward to skiing down soft slopes and then relaxing by the fireplace at the ski lodge. Some ski resorts are offering more now days. If you are planning a ski trip, check to see what they offer and the amounts. This article will give you some ideas on new activities being offered at some ski resorts.
Some New England resorts are offering zip lines and mountain coasters. Then there are sleds, ice skating and toboggans. Zip line tours have users suspended from a cable on a pulley. Zip lines can even be used the year around. Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont is building a “canopy tour.” It will be 4000 feet of zip line. Users will be able to cross ski bridges and rappel from trees. Many other resorts experimented with the zip lines this summer and found them a huge success. The cost of a zip line experience is determined by the length of the zip line. They can cost from $25 for a short tour to over $100 for a three hour tour. The zip line gives tourists a different look at their surroundings, than just skiing down a slope.
Mountain coasters are a thrilling way to go down the hills. It is at ground level and performs similar to a roller coaster. Tourists get in two passenger sled like cars. They zip down and around on tubular rails. The “Timber Ripper” will open at Okemo in Ludlow Vermont. The speed of the Timber Ripper is controlled by the tubular rails. It will climb 1600 feet at the start and then drop 375 on the first hill.
Jay Peak Resort in northern Vermont is also adding a indoor ice arena and an indoor water park. The 140 million dollar addition hopes to attract tourists all year around. If snow is a problem, zip lines and mountain coasters will pick up the slack of down time.
Of course, you can still take ski lessons and downhill ski the slopes. Sledding, snowmobiles, cross country skiing and toboggans are still very popular at many winter resorts. Then there are the great evening activities inside the lodge. Many resorts have a lot of great amenities. Saunas, hot bubs, indoor swimming pools and health spas all add to the attractiveness of a ski resort.
For the first time in several years, ski resorts in New England have seen spiked increases in season passes. The addition of new attractions hopes to add to the excitement of ski season. So this year if a ski resort is on your vacation list, check out what different resorts have to offer.
sources; Independent Tribune.com