Zip lining into summer adventures

By Miranda Piedra

miranda-zipline-1Krystina Vizard (left) and Lexi Poirier look on as Quinn Marnich (left zip liner) and father Eric Marnich reach the end of the second zip line, Attitash Aerial Zip. (REBEKAH BLIZZARD PHOTO)BARTLETT — Recently, I was given the opportunity to test out the longest zip line in New Hampshire.

Last Thursday, members of the local media were invited to do the Ziptour at Attitash Mountain Resort before it opened for daily summer operations last Saturday. (Of course, Attitash is only one of many summer adventure attractions in the area. For more, see accompanying story.)

Coming from Texas, this is my first summer in the mountains. I had no idea how much I'd missed out on for the past 22 years of my life.

But before we could step foot on that first wooden deck, staring down a rope line that disappeared into the treetops, the seven of us had to get geared up with full-body harness, helmet and backpack for our individual trolleys.

Then we spent some time training at a small line a few hundred feet from the main building. 

Joe Boccia, now in his third year of working with the zip line, taught us the motions of stopping, braking and how to keep going. He also supervised the two other employees who set up and removed our trolleys from the line.

Once we were thoroughly trained, we rode a shuttle bus to Bear Peak base.

An employee in a blue shirt with "Get AT It" printed across the back waited for us at the lift.

"The white and yellow lines are still wet — we just painted over them," he said as we approached. Four of us carefully stepped over them and positioned ourselves for the chairlift ride up to the summit, which took a little over 10 minutes.

We rode in two quads. I sat with Eric Marnich, his son Quinn and my co-worker Beka Blizzard. I listened as they discussed Attitash's slopes in the winter and turned to take in the beautiful scenery. Mount Washington and the Presidential Range rose behind me. At the top, I paused to take it all in and snap a few pictures of the sprawling landscape.

Then we walked down a dirt trail to the first, and longest, of the two lines, Flying Bear Zip.

Cranmore to offer discounted tickets for locals on June 25

5-25-Cranmore-giant-swing-3Cranmore's giant swing is part of the Mountain Adventure Park. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — Cranmore Mountain will offer discounted tickets for local residents of Carroll, Coos and Oxford counties on Sunday, June 25.

Locals can purchase tickets to either the Mountain Adventure Park or Aerial Adventure Park for $15 per person, or purchase an All Park Pass for $30 per person.

Entering its seventh summer of operation, Cranmore's Mountain Adventure Park offers a day's worth of rides and activities for all ages, including the Mountain Coaster, aerial adventure ropes course, giant swing, the Soaring Eagle Zip line, scenic chairlift rides, climbing wall and more.

Cranmore's Aerial Adventure Park challenges participants to new heights. The park features five individual courses and varies in terms of elevation and ability level.

Elements include rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and an array of features. All courses are self-guided, and each person is attached to a guide line. Each two-hour adventure includes a half-hour ground school session, where participants will learn course safety and the basics of equipment use.

Tickets for locals' day can be purchased online in advance through Cranmore's online store at www.cranmore.com, by calling 1-800-SUN-N-SKI or by visiting the ticket office. Please bring an ID to pick up tickets, to display local residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford county.

Cranmore's Mountain Adventure and Aerial Adventure Park is now open daily through Labor Day. From Labor Day on, the parks are open weekends only through Columbus Day. Operating hours are from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

 

SIDEBAR: Roundup of Nearby Summer Fun

By Miranda Piedra

Hungering for adventure this summer? Here is a list of fun local attractions. For more ideas, go to www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

Great-Glen-Advanced-BikingzGreat Glen Trails rents bikes and helmets for a fun day on the course. (COURTESY PHOTO)• AUTO ROAD/GREAT GLEN TRAILS: Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Auto Road are working together today to make New Hampshire ATV Day a reality. In the second year of this event, 1,200 ATVs and UTVs will climb the Auto Road in two separate runs, one 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., the other 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Great Glen Trails offers bike rentals, kayak rentals, guided kayak tours and guided whitewater trips. Wildlife kayak tours are available for half-day or full-day trips and include a guide, boat and accessories and transportation to the launch site. Adults 13 years and up are $105 for a full day, $80 for a half-day. Those age 5-12 are $65/$50. Bike rentals are available for two or four hours. Daily trail passes are $10 for adults, $10 for juniors. For more information on guided whitewater trips, call (603) 466-3988. Great Glen Trails is located at 1 Mount Washington Auto Road in Gorham and can be found online at greatglentrails.com.

• BRETTON WOODS: Go on a canopy tour, golf, tube down the Ammonoosuc River, go biking or go on an off-road tour and learn about the local wildlife from Bretton Woods guides. Situated on the slopes of Bretton Woods just north of the Omni Mount Washington Resort on Route 302, the three-hour canopy tour, open daily, takes nature lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of tree-top zip lines, sky bridges and a network of platforms high in the ancient hemlocks. Midweek rates through June 30 are $89 per person. After July 1, they are $110 public, $99 resort guests. For more information, got to brettonwoods.com or call (603) 278-3320.