Canopy Run Zipline Tour
The ultimate guided trek. Reservations are required. Group size is limited to seven. This park feature is available through the Peak Pass, which includes two-day Lost Forest access. Suggestion: take the first day for the Challenger Ropes Course, which will help acclimate you to the gear. The tour is physically and emotionally demanding, so set yourself up for success by not packing too much into your zipline day.
Treeline Trial Challenger Course
This self-guided ropes course offers nearly 60 elements to test your balance, strength and mental game. The five routes range from green to double black diamond. Ground School trainings are required; scheduled every half-hour starting at 9:15 AM. Weekend bonus: enjoy live music from the nearby Elk Camp Restaurant. There’s nothing like festive background tunes while you push your limits, or rather, patio refreshment after showing the kids you can walk a high wire at 25 feet above deck. (photo: KC)
Breathtaker Alpine Coaster
Who doesn’t love a self-braking gravity-powered roller coaster through a majestic mountain forest? It feels a bit like the Ewok chase scene in the 6th Star Wars – minus, of course, the storm troopers and crash potential. During the slow ride uphill at the start of the coaster, keep your eyes out for wild lupines, osprey and deer. Also, if you can return to your senses during the smooth, fast downhill, the smell of warm pine in the wind on your face is divine.
Elevated Journey Hiking Trail
Hiking in the U.S. Forest Service land within the Snowmass Ski Area is, of course, free. However, if you would like to skip the uphill climb and start your hike at the top of the gondola, you will need a lift ticket or Lost Forest pass. This is an accessible way for visitors to the area – or those who simply need a “day off” – to relish the midsummer wild flowers and outstanding mountain views.
Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall
All skill levels, from seasoned climbers to never-evers will find a fun, safe, challenging rock climbing experience. The 14 lane man-made wall features auto belays and routes of varying difficulty up to 40 feet tall. Guides help you refine technique and gain confidence.(photo above: Dan Bayer)
Aerial Approach Disk Golf
A fun all-ages way to explore the woods with a goal in mind – 36 goals to be precise, with two 18-hole courses spread out over lower Longshot ski run, directly East of the Elk Camp Restaurant. BYO disks, or rent at Four Mountain Sports in the Base Village next to the gondola.
Trout Hook Fishing Pond
Stream-fed trout-stocked ponds make this catch-and-release experience fun for all ages. You’ll need fishing poles and tackle. Find gear for reeling in your big catch at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt. (photo above: Patrick Keleher)
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