STOWE, Vermont ??вЂќ Saturday June 25, 2005 marks the date that Stowe Mountain Resort goes fully operational on all of its’ summer attractions for the season. The Stowe Country Club opened on May 7, the Auto Toll Road opened on May 14 and the Gondola Skyride on June 18. This Saturday the ever popular Alpine Slide and Stowe’s two new attractions; The Bungee Trampolines and Climbing Wall will open to round out a list of activities that are fun for all ages.
Euro Bungy is the brand name for an activity often referred to as “Bungee Trampoline.” This attraction consists of a support structure with elevated steel arms and a series of trampolines. The rider is strapped into a harness, which is suspended between 2 of the arms by bungee cords. The rider then jumps on the trampoline, and with the aid of the bungee cords can jump extremely high, and even flip forwards and backwards, in complete safety. The Stowe Bungee Trampoline features 3 jumping stations. Single rides are $7 for adults and $5 for kids, 3-packs are $18/$12.
In the spirit of another adventurous outdoor activity, this simulated rock-climbing wall stands approximately 30 feet high. The freestanding and portable wall can be configured to create climbing routes from very easy to extremely difficult. Climbers are harnessed in and are secured with safety lines that prevent any risk of falling. The wall can accommodate up to 3 climbers at once. Single rides are $7 for adults and $5 for kids, 3-packs are $18/$12.
Package pricing includes 3 Alpine Slide rides, 1 round trip Gondola, 1 Bungee and 1 Climbing Wall for $49 pre adult and $44 per junior.
Stowe’s alpine slides are an exhilarating 2,300 foot ride down luge-like tracks. You control the speed, depending on your comfort level. The alpine slide is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through September 5. The slides will then be open on weekends through October 16. Adult one-ride tickets are $12, Junior tickets (6-12 years) are $9. Five ride tickets are also available for $34 (adult) or $28 (junior). After zipping down Spruce Peak, guests may enjoy lunch or a snack at the Slide Away Caf?В©, with the green slopes of Mt. Mansfield looming above.
The Gondola Skyride provides an equally spectacular mountain ascent. The comfortable, eight-passenger gondolas depart from the Gondola Barn, which is served by its own access road and parking lot approximately ?? mile north of the historic Mt. Mansfield Base Lodge. The gondola is open 10am – 5 pm daily through October 17. Tickets are $16 for adults (round trip), $9 for juniors (ages 6-12), $12 for seniors, $10 for a one-way ride, and $52 for five ride tickets. While the Auto Toll Road ends at the Nose, the gondola terminates at Stowe Mountain Resort’s Cliff House about a mile farther north along Mansfield’s summit ridge at an elevation of 3,500 feet. From there, the Cliff Trail and Long Trail both provide short hikes to the Chin and Mansfield’s true summit.
Auto Toll Road
The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to the location of the old Summit House, elevation 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mt. Mansfield Summit Station. The Toll Road is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm, through October 17. Tolls are $18 per car ($4 per person over six people). Bikes and motorcycles are not allowed. The road’s upper terminus presents spectacular hiking options. To the north, the Cliff Trail, Long Trail, and Canyon Trail – all about 1.5 miles long and climbing about 550 feet – offer three routes to Mansfield’s “Chin.” Southerly trail options include the Lakeview Trail, Forehead Bypass, and Long Trail to the Forehead. All hikers should bear in mind four key facts.
Stowe Country Club
In the heart of it all you’ll find the Stowe Country Club. With it’s beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens, the country club occupies what was a turn of the century dairy farm and golfers have watched as the course matured into a challenging, but rewarding test of golf. The 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, the long temperate summer days, and the feeling that everything is going your way makes each shot a memory to cherish. The club also offers a full service pro shop, golf school, and Kirkwood’s restaurant. Peak season greens fees are $75, afternoon and twilight rates range from $65 – $30.
Kirkwood’s restaurant and pub at the Stowe Country Club is open the public daily from 11am – 3pm, and offers patio and outdoor deck seating with splendid views. The menu is creative American cuisine with barbeque options. Up at the mountain the Slide Away Caf?В© is open daily from 10am – 5pm at Spruce base; serving sandwiches, salads, snacks, beverages, and fun foods for families.
For more information visit www.stowe.com or call 800-253-4754.