LUDLOW, Vt. – Memorial Day weekend marked the season opening of Okemo Mountain Resort’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore and Evolution Bike Park at the Resort’s Clock Tower base area. Visitors can rip, zip and flip their way from one gravity-gripping adventure to the next in Okemo’s Adventure Zone.
Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster
Similar to a roller coaster, sled-like cars carry one or two riders along rails at speeds nearing 30 mph. Equipped with brakes so riders determine their own speed, cars glide smoothly around banking turns, between trees, and along 3,100 feet of track that twists through corkscrew turns, along banking loops and over rippling waves before finally coasting toward the terminal.
Haulback Challenge Course
High among the trees, Challenge Course adventurers follow a self-guided layout of suspended obstacles and ziplines while wearing a safety harness that is connected to an overhead cable using a continuous belay system. Participants travel at their own speed and course attendants offer assistance if needed.
Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tour
This guided high-flying treetop tour features suspension bridges, rappels and seven zipline segments that rise 40 to 50 feet above the ground.
Amp Energy Big Air Bag
It takes a real thrill-seeker to take a leap into a giant inflatable bag like a movie stuntman. The bag’s internal air pumps ensure constant pressure to absorb the 15- or 30-foot fall from a platform above.
Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline
This four-station hopping hub combines technologically advanced trampoline jumping surfaces with bungee cord tethers attached to a jump harness, allowing participants to reach heights of 20 feet.
Segway Personal Transport Tours
Nothing like Mall Cop, this off-road, guided excursion puts this personal transport’s knobby tires to the test. Tour participants explore open fields and wooded trails on a self-balancing, two-wheeled personal transport.
Painted to look like a giant tree trunk, this three-sided climbing tower offers routes of varying difficulty. Trained staff on belay help guide climbers as high as they want to go.
Lumberin’ Cal Mini Golf
Each hole in this 18-hole course is themed with an element of local legend and lore. Choice is the motivator with multiple paths to the cup. The course designer’s unique concept of “intentional luck,” allows children and less-skilled players to score as well as adults and expert putters.
The Maples at Okemo Disc Golf
Instead of a ball and clubs, disc golf players use flying discs in an 18-hole round with regulation targets. The Saplings Course is a smaller version for families with targets uniquely inspired by Vermont’s maple sugaring traditions.
Coleman Brook Mining Company
Young prospectors can pan for gems, minerals and even fossils using a screen tray and water flowing through an old-time wooden sluice. They may discover garnets, rose quartz, fool's gold, emeralds, aquamarines and many other beautiful stones and use the handy charts to accurately identify what treasures they’ve found and get to keep.
Air-filled fun for hours of bouncing, kids love these trampoline-like enclosures where they can jump, play, pretend and imagine all sorts of inflatable escapades.
And More …
The delicious Belgian waffles Okemo skiers and snowboarders know so well are now available all summer long. The Waffle Cabin is operating in Okemo’s Adventure Zone. In addition to those famous (featured on The Travel Channel) freshly made waffles, the Waffle Cabin folks are serving burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other sundries. Guests can enjoy their food in a nearby shaded picnic area. There's also Coleman Brook Tavern for full-service dining in the Jackson Gore Inn. Lunch and dinner are served al fresco or in the comfort of an air conditioned dining room.
Each of Okemo’s Adventure Zone features is priced individually or visitors can purchase an Adventure Zone Day Pass wristband for $58 ($53 if purchase online in advance). The Day Pass includes three rides on the Timber Ripper, one bucket of rough for Coleman Brook Mining Company, one scenic chairlift ride, unlimited use of The Stump Jumper Bungee Jump, unlimited Disc Golf, unlimited rounds of Lumberin’ Cal Mini Golf, unlimited jumps into the Amp Energy Big Air Bag, unlimited climbs on the Climbing Wall and a full-day pass to the Jackson Gore Springhouse Pool and Fitness Center. There is also a Friday Twilight Pass, from 4 to 7 p.m., priced at $25 all ages (includes one Timber Ripper ride).
Specific information about hours and pricing is available at okemo.com. The Haulback Challenge Course, Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline tours and Segway Personal Transport tours are priced separately and may be reserved by calling (802) 228-1600.
The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo debuted last summer with lift-served mountain biking and several miles of trails from the top of Okemo’s South Ridge Quad. More trails are planned with design and construction by Christian Robertson and the team from the Evolution Bike Park at Crested Butte. “As the trail network grows,” said Robertson, “there is an opportunity to create lines through forests and utilize the natural rock to offer fun and challenging riding experiences. The long-term goal is to allow a wide range of ability levels to enjoy the progression of resort mountain biking and create a venue to host premier mountain events in years to come.”
More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by visiting okemo.com,