NORTH CONWAY, New Hampshire — Cranmore Mountain once again welcomes visitors to its slopes in summer with the expansion of their popular tubing operation to open July 1, 2009. The tubing park will be offered along with Fun Zone activities, including bouncy house, disc golf and other fun and games for families.
The summer tubing operation uses a special surface made by Neveplast, a European company. Neveplast matting provides a sliding surface for tubing and installs this material for summer tubing parks and for summer ski areas at many locations and resorts throughout Europe, the US and Canada. It uses the same tubes and lifts that Cranmore utilizes in its winter operation. The park will be situated on the resort’s South Slope.
The Cranmore Tubing Park is serviced by a Magic Carpet style lift. Visitors pick up their tube at the base and carry it as they effortlessly ride the surface lift to the top of the tubing park. From there, the tube is placed at the top of the matting and the person sits down on the tube and pushes off down the slope. The tubing surface is dry, non-mechanized and is gravity driven. Because there is no water involved, no swim suits or special clothing or gear is necessary. Anyone can tube regardless of age, ability or skill.
This type of tubing park is the only one of its kind in New Hampshire. Cranmore already attracts more visitors to its winter tubing park operation than any other operation in the state. “Tubing at Cranmore is the fastest growing segment of our winter business and has been for several years,” stated Cranmore General Manager Ben Wilcox. “It’s only natural to offer our guests this most popular activity during the other months of the year when so many people come to the North Conway area for their summer and foliage season vacations. There is nothing else like it in the state or Mount Washington Valley. It will be a great addition to the existing summer attractions in our vicinity and will give families something new to try this summer.”
Fun Zone activities bring back the popular concept launched last winter at Cranmore, with a 20×20 foot bouncy house, giant inflated slide, plus pick up games of soccer, volley ball, tether ball, whiffle ball, sandbox and other activities. A 9-hole disc golf course is also set up, winding in and around Cranmore’s slopes and glades. Fun Zone activities take place at the base of the South Slope as well and vary from day to day based on weather and business levels.
Additionally, guests can enjoy snacks and beverages from Cranmore’s Snack Shack at the Park’s entrance. In addition to buying attraction tickets at the Shack, visitors may purchase soda, candy bars, pretzels, hot dogs and other summer favorites.
Cranmore projects a July 1, 2009 opening date then operating daily through Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009. Fall schedule includes weekends Sept. 12 – Nov. 1, plus Oct. 12 for Columbus Day. Hours of operation are 10am – 6pm with special extended evening hours during Cranmore’s Thursday Night summer concert series in July and August and its Ghoullog Halloween event weekends in October.
Visitors pay just $12 for a two-hour tubing ticket. Fun Zone admission costs just $5 for two hours. Disc Golf is available for an additional $8 per person, or may be purchased in combination with tubing and Fun Zone for $19. Prices are for all ages. Children 42″ and over may ride in their own tube; those 42″ and under may ride with a paying adult.
Wilcox continued, “Cranmore is known for its value in winter and we deliberately kept pricing low to help families watching their budgets this summer.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Cranmore’s recent selection as tourism Business of the Year by Business NH Magazine.
For more information on Cranmore, visit them online at www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.