Gunstock to Open Longest Ziplines Saturday

By AlpineZone News |
Nov 07 2011 - 03:09 PM

Gilford, NH-After 6 months of construction and much anticipation Gunstock Mountain Resort will open the longest ziplines in the Continental US on Saturday, November 5th. The ZipTour will include 5 different ziplines and cover almost 9,000 feet. “It is awesome”, said Greg Goddard, General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort. “We were out on it today with the final inspection and certification and the ride is incredible, the construction took about 6 months but was well worth it, as two of the ziplines on the tour will be the longest in the Continental US and the 4th and 6th longest in the world.”

Gunstock’s ZipTour will run year round and the views over the ski area, looking over Lake Winnipesaukee are awe inspiring. Participants will start this weekend in the Adventure center where they will check in, sign releases, and be fitted with harnesses. They will then head to a demo zip line to practice with the braking mechanism. After that it’s off to the 451 foot long training zip line. “This process gets everyone more comfortable with the equipment, as it is unique to zipline experiences” says Pat McGonagle, Gunstock Adventure Center manager. From there its off to the Panorama lift and to the top for the Summit Span. This 251 foot zipline gives you the real experience of the speed potential even though its just 251 feet. The unique ability to engage a brake allows you to travel at up to a 25% grade. From there you take the catwalk to the Recoil Span. This is the longest zipline in the Continental US and you travel 3,981 feet on one span. At Gunstock’s ZipTour you are not alone because the lines have been installed in tandem, so you ride down or race the person next to you. The Recoil span at one point is 155 feet off the ground over the ski trails and then cruises to the backside of Pistol coming as close as 15 feet off the ground. “It’s a truly unique experience” says Bill Quigley, Director of Marketing and Sales. “I did the summit for the first time today, and can’t wait to get back up there”

You get to the last span by a quick walk across the trail at the top of the Pistol Lift and then take a 3,809 foot zipline to the base while crossing the Terrain Park, parking lot and pond at the base before landing on a huge deck. The entire tour for a group of 12 will be somewhere over 2 hours and is priced at just $65.00. Due to the limited number of people that can go per hour reservations are recommended. For information head to or call 603-737-4388 to make reservations.

Gunstock, located in Gilford New Hampshire, is one of the state’s largest recreation areas. The first ski area in New England to have a chairlift, Gunstock boasts 1400 feet of vertical, 227 acres of skiing, and 300 campsites during the summer, spectacular views of the Lake Winnipesaukee at every turn. The Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park is the center of many gravity based summer attractions as well such as Segway tours, The Aerial Treetop Adventures and the ZipTour. It is also the host of major events such as: The Lakeside Living Expo, HillClimb during Laconia Bike week, CraftFest, Soulfest, and the TimberMan Triathlon.####