NH's Ski Resorts Offer Warm-Weather Adventures

Many of New Hampshire's ski resorts offer summer fun including ziplines, off-road Segway tours and much more.




The Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee Resort
Courtesy of Mount Sunapee Resort

What happens on ski slopes in the summer? In the past the answer often was: Nothing. Not so now.

For the fifth summer, Mount Sunapee Resort is offering scads to do. Its Adventure Park has a full menu of activities: a 2 1/2-hour canopy zipline tour (you can race side by side the last 1,000 feet), an aerial challenge course (eight unique challenges in each of four loops), off-road Segway excursions (on wooded trails and open slopes), 18-hole championship disc golf course (winds through the woods down the mountainside), an 18-hole miniature golf course (you can play under the lights) and chairlift rides to the top of South Peak.

One newer feature — you can launch yourself into a 50' x 50' airbag from a ramp covered with an artificial snow surface. Your choice of skis, snowboard or snow tube.

“Visitors can have a getaway with the family, fun challenges and the same beautiful scenery they get skiing,” says Bruce McCloy, Mount Sunapee director of marketing.

“There are activities for all ages and all levels of bravado.”

The park is open through Labor Day. Click here for more information.


More Summer Fun at NH Ski Resorts

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock's Adventure Park opens for the season on May 23. Looking for a great zipline? This is your place - Gunstock offers the longest zipline in the Continental US. You will soar from peak to peak and base to base for more than 1.5 miles. $85 per person.

Other Activities

  • Off-Road Segway Tours - A Best of NH award-winner in 2012
  • Aerial Treetop Adventures - New England's largest aerial obstacle, ropes and zipline course. Explore Gunstock from the squirrel’s eye view with 91 different challenges in five courses that are suspended in the trees.
  • A Discover Packages includes tons of fun and adventure including scenic lift rides, the Big Air Bag Launch Ramp, a climbing wall, mountain bike rentals, skate park, mini golf and much more. A la carte pricing is also available.

Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford
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Mount Washington Resort Bretton Woods

There's sure to be something for everyone and every family at this beautiful resort in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Here are some of the many activities and adventures:

  • Disc golf
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing
  • Guided ATV tours
  • Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
  • Williwaw Racing Zip rides
  • An ATV park for kids
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Fly fishing lessons

Many of the above activities are offered through the Adventure Center. Click here for other summer fun information (including horseback riding, fly fishing lessons and tennis).

Mount Washington Resort Bretton Woods
Route 302, Bretton Woods
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Cannon Mountain

There's likely no better view than the one offered from Cannon's Aerial Tramway, which is once again open during the summer months. Check out a different kind of scenery at the Flume Gorge, a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. Walk along the path from the Visitors Center to the Flume and back among towering moss-covered granite walls, past cascading waterfalls, historic covered bridges, glacial boulders and much more.

Other Activities

Cannon Mountain
9 Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia
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Loon Mountain

There's almost too much to do at Loon during the summer months - You can ride the zip line over Pemigewasset River, explore the Aerial Forest Adventure Park (move from platform to platform high in the trees, up ladders, over bridges and across ziplines), enjoy a scenic ride in the gondola, take a bike tour through Franconia Notch and much more.

Other Activities

  • Summit adventures
  • Climbing wall
  • Bungee trampoline
  • Bike rentals and tours
  • Logjam maze
  • Bounce houses
  • And much more

Loon Mountain
60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln
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Waterville Valley Resort

A one-stop-shop for a great family summer vacation. There's always something happening at the resort and in the Town Square. A full summer of events is planned including fireworks, great concerts, festivals, fairs, Fourth of July celebrations and much more. The Adventure Center (located in Town Square) offers mountain biking, hiking and skateboarding.

Other Activities

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Boating
  • The Athletic Club
  • Indoor Ice Arena
  • Snow's Mountain Chairlift
  • Skateboard Camp

Waterville Valley Resort
1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley
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Attitash Mountain Resort

In addition to the Alpine Slide (the longest in North America), Mount Washington Valley’s longest mountain coaster and the free-fall Airbag Jump, in 2014 the resort introduced a new ZipTour attraction featuring the Flying Bear and Attitash Aerial Zip Lines.

Other Activities

  • Outdoor waterslides
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Scenic chairlift rides
  • Climbing wall
  • And more!

Attitash Mountain Resort
Route 302, Bartlett
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Wildcat Mountain

If you've never seen the breathtaking sights from the Wildcat Express Gondola, don't let another summer go by without experiencing the 4,062-foot summit ride that offers views of Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. Ride aboard the four-person scenic gondola, explore the summit or have a picnic lunch. More aerial adventure awaits with the ZipRider, which descends 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River to a landing platform located a short distance from the Main Base Lodge. Riders travel on cables suspended at heights up to 70 feet on a 12 percent grade, and reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Other Activities

  • Alpine Disc Golf
  • Hiking
  • AMC guided summit tours
  • And more!

Wildcat Mountain
Route 16, Pinkham Notch
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Alpine Adventures

Apline Adventures isn't a ski resort, but no list that includes ziplines and aerial fun is complete without this winner of multiple Best of NH awards for Best Zipline. Three separate zipline canopy tours - complete with off-road Safari ride in the Pinzgauers - are available. The Super Skyrider was created for those who want more speed, challenges, excitement and amazing views. It has nine separate ziplines and bridges, gets up to 225 feet above the forest floor, has ziplines over 1,600 feet long and a 30 foot vertical ladder climb.

Alpine Adventures
Lincoln
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Monkey Trunks

If we're including Alpine Adventures, then you can't exclude Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure, a 2010 Best of NH winner. Though "extreme" is right there in the name, never fear - there are activities for people of all skill levels including children's courses. Ziplines and high ropes adventures await!

Two NH Locations
1853 White Mountain Hwy., Chocoura
579 Endicott St. N., Laconia
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