Are you a thrill seeker? Do you look for daring and height-defying challenges? If you are, then zip lining is the perfect winter outdoors activity for you. A zip line, which is also referred to as an aerial runway, zip wire, rope slide, death slide or canopy tour involves being harnessed to a pulley on a suspended cable that allows you zip quickly through the air. New Hampshire has several places where you can zip line year round. But we must warn you: this is not an activity for those who are afraid of heights!
Originally used as means to transport goods across wide canyons, gullies and ravines, zip lines have now evolved into a popular form of entertainment. For over three hundred years, places such as China, South America and Australia used zip lines to scale challenging terrain. Now, zip lining has become a source of entertainment and a sought after attraction the world over.
Can anyone zip line?
Essentially, zip lining is for the fearless and those who are not afraid of heights. You do not need to worry about falling because you will be securely fastened in. However, zip lining is not recommended for women who are pregnant, or for people who have neck, back or heart issues. Also, there typically an age restriction of ten years or older to ride the zip line in New Hampshire.
Do I need any special gear for winter zip lining?
You don’t need to bring any kind of specific gear for winter zip lining. You just have to anticipate cold weather as you will be outside for the duration of your tour. Also, gloves are highly recommended as you will be holding onto a bar in the air as you zip across the landscape. If you are looking for some warm winter clothing, check out this link for some great gear options: Gear Shop
Where can I go zip lining during the winter in New Hampshire?
One of the most well known venues to go on zip line tours in the state is at Alpine Adventures in Lincoln. They offer amazing zip-line canopy tours year round! They have several packages to chose from and take reservations in advance. Here is a link with more information: Alpine Adventures Outdoor Recreation. A second option is the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods. Recognized as the longest zip line tour in New England, Bretton Woods takes its zip line enthusiasts over 1,000 feet in the air! Here is a link for more information: Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. A third option is at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford where their Adventure Park seeks to offer unparalleled thrills. Their zip line is the longest canopy tour in the continental United States and stretches for over 1.5 miles over the snowy New Hampshire mountains! Riders have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph! For more information, please visit this website: Gunstock Adventure Park Zip Line.
If you are seeking accommodations for an overnight or weekend stay, please refer to this helpful link to guide you: Lodging and Accommodations. Also, you may want to check out some of New Hampshire’s great shopping locations during your visit. Here is link that can help you plan your trip: New Hampshire Shopping
Is zip lining suitable for young children?
For many safety reasons, most zip lines are only suitable for children ages ten and up. However, there are often other activities at the resort that can thrill younger children while older ones and adults enjoy their canopy tours. It is advised to contact the venue to inquire about activities for children who may not be able to participate in this activity.
How much does zip lining cost?
The cost to take a zip line ride varies from each venue. However, most places like Alpine Adventures offer zip line “tours” that involve more than one aerial trek that range from $79-$109. This is a pretty solid average on what to expect for zip lining in New Hampshire.