Summertime and the livin' is easy at Bromley, Cranmore and Jiminy Peak
The snow is gone, but the adrenaline keeps pumping this summer at Bromley Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in New England. This Memorial Day, these three popular ski and snowboard destinations, all part of The Fairbank Group based in Hancock, Mass., officially open with a slate of attractions, from Mountain Coasters and Alpine Slides to Aerial Adventure Parks and ziplines.
Here's a look at what to enjoy during a warm weather visit, whether for family reunions, corporate events, birthday parties, or as part of a New England summer vacation:
Bromley Features Classic Alpine Summer Thrills .... and Miniature Golf
Summer visitors can enjoy 23 rides and attractions at this classic southern Vermont resort located just north of Manchester Center. There are triple track Alpine Slides 2/3-mi. long, Trampoline Things, a Giant Swing, a Big Splash Water Slide Ride, Kids Fun Park, and the heart-pumping Sun Mountain Flyer that travels 50 mph over one-half mile with a 700- foot vertical drop.
Bromley's Aerial Adventure Park boasts 65 elements over five courses. Not to worry: for those who like to dial back on the adrenalin, there's also 18-hole miniature golf.
The resort offers a slate of special events including live music, magic shows, and nature presentations.
Learn more at: Bromley.com
Cranmore Mountain Resort Offers Summer Fun with an Altitude
Much of the summer fun at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, N.H., focuses on its 1,680-ft. summit. There's a one-half mile hiking trail with scenic overlooks of the Mount Washington Valley, and a more advanced two-mile hike to neighboring Black Cap Mountain (elev. 2,369 feet) with views of Maine and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
It all starts with a scenic chairlift ride, available June 17 through Labor Day Weekend, and then weekends only through Columbus Day.
No one leaves the summit thirsty - the Meister Hut restaurant, open daily when the lifts are running, has a tasting room for Conway's Tuckerman Brewing Company, with six varieties not available anywhere else besides the main brewery. Not old enough to drink? You'll have to settle for Meister Hut ice cream.
Down below is the Cranmore Aerial Adventure Park - an aerial forest ropes course consisting of dozens of elements, including rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, and ziplines, to challenge you to new heights. The courses are self-guided and every person is securely attached to a guide line at all times.
Summer attractions also include: Mountain Coaster, summer tubing, Giant Swing, Soaring Eagle, a bounce house (a staple of birthday parties everywhere), Spider Mountain, bungy trampoline, and a climbing wall.
Learn more at Cranmore.com
Things are jumping at Jiminy Peak this summer, and not just on their Euro Bungy trampoline. The resort's Mountain Adventure Park has an Alpine Slide and Mountain Coaster, and an Aerial Adventure Park - a self-guided aerial forest ropes course consisting of six individual, elevated courses for different ability levels.
Jiminy's Mountain Coaster was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. - 3,600 feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods. You control your own speed - take a leisurely ride or get your thrills at speeds up to 23 mph. (Must be at least nine years of age and 54 inches tall to ride alone.)
The Berkshire Express Scenic Ride Chairlift transports visitors to the 2,380-ft. high Hendrick Summit Lodge which is open for light snacks. It travels slower than in winter so visitors can savor the views. The lift is equipped to transport mountain bikers to the summit to experience the magic of gravity on a mix of single track and downhill cruisers all best suited for experienced riders (BYOB - Bring Your Own Bikes, rentals not available).
The Berkshire Express operates from noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, beginning July 1 through mid October.
Jiminy Peak attractions also include Soaring Eagle, Giant Swing, a climbing wall, bounce house and kids climbing course.
Summer events include music in the tavern every weekend, concerts and festivals.
Learn more at Jiminypeak.com