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Winter 2014 - 2015

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' Notch Resort offers unique Winter zip line experience

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, Vermont's first zip line canopy tour, offers a thrilling flight through the trees as participants take in dramatic mountain views during their hillside descent from tree platform to tree platform. The zip line canopy tour is open to Resort guests, day visitors and groups for year-round use.

Following a mountain brook from high above Smugglers' Notch Resort Village, the zip line canopy tour descends through mature stands of hemlock, white birch, and sugar maple. Scenic lookout and tree platforms positioned high in the forest canopy yield stunning seasonal views of Smugglers' Notch Resort, Mount Mansfield, and Vermont's Green Mountains. Winter visitors enjoy a tour with eight zip lines ranging from 150 to 1000 feet, two suspension bridges and two rappels. Group tours of 20 or more people can also choose from a tour including six zip lines ranging from 150 to 1000 feet, two suspension bridges and one rappel, or three zip lines ranging from 100 to 650 feet and one rappel.

In keeping with the Resort's commitment to environmental stewardship through nature-focused programs that combine learning and fun, Smugglers' canopy tour incorporates information presented by the tour guides about the local flora and fauna, ecology and natural history.

"The zip line canopy tour has certainly given our guests an especially memorable opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking terrain around the Resort," notes Bill Stritzler, the Resort's managing director. "We partnered with ArborTrek because their focus on education and responsible environmental management of their canopy tour projects is a perfect match for Smugglers' own ongoing environmental stewardship initiatives." The Resort's environmental efforts focus on habitat protection, solid waste and wastewater management, energy efficiency and education.

The year-round zipline canopy tour is just one of Smugglers' extensive seasonal outdoor experiences that thrill families. In the Winter, these include skiing and snowboarding on three mountains, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. In the Summer, outdoor adventures include geocaching; a Via Ferrata hiking, climbing and ropes course adventure; a high ropes challenge course; and an adventure camp for children featuring kayaking, bouldering, and other activities.

"The tour provides Smugglers' guests with a highly engaging family adventure with opportunities to soar among the trees, experience wild places, learn about the environment and create lasting memories," says Michael Smith, President of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures. "Our goal of educating, entertaining and inspiring through small group adventure experiences is very much in alignment with the mission of Smugglers' Notch Resort."

About Smugglers' Notch Resort
Smugglers' Notch Resort is a year-round family vacation destination. Winter fun features skiing and snowboarding for all abilities on 78 trails and 1000 acres of terrain on three mountains. In Summer the Resort offers eight pools and four waterslides, children's all-day programs, guided hiking, and numerous activities for all ages. The Resort's extensive family programs have been recognized by SKI Magazine, FamilyFun Magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler magazine, among others. The Resort is the only vacation property in Vermont to be designated an Environmental Leader.

About ArborTrek Canopy Adventures
Designed to educate, entertain, and inspire, ArborTrek Canopy Adventures represents a new and rapidly evolving form of eco-adventure, the zipline canopy tour. Tours blend the novelty of being immersed in the natural environment with the thrill of soaring through the forest and viewing the world from high in the forest canopy. By providing management experience and financial backing, Arbortrek provides the opportunity for established tour operators, resorts and land owners to enter into the emerging eco-adventure park market with confidence.
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