Published DateGILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort is adding some new summer attractions in its base lodge area this year, rounding out its Adventure Park and zip line tour attractions which were installed two years ago.
''Gravity works for us,'' says Bill Quigley, Gunstock's sales and marketing director, who says the new attractions which will open in July include;
— Water Wars, the ultimate water balloon fight. Participants man a battle station and fire water balloons at their opponent. If they hit the depth charge target their challenger gets soaked.
— Cobble Mountain Mining Company. People pour a batch of mining "rough" into the tray and watch as the sluiceway water reveals treasures.
— Spider Mountain, featuring a climbing wall, bungee jumping and inflatable slide and more.
— Big Air Bag Launch Ramp, coming at the end of July. Participants will experience launching a tube over a ramp and landing softly into a pillow of air.
''These are all part of our building a better experience for our visitors,'' says Quigley, who says that the attractions are located in the Fun Park area where there is presently a skateboard park and a zip line orientation run.
He says that Gunstock is undergoing a significant change as it focuses on attracting more summer visitors to the area, which has 300 camping sites and a host of visitor attractions.
Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park, now open daily for the season, offers the longest zip line spans in the Continental United States and it's Aerial Treetop Adventures is New England's largest aerial obstacle, ropes and zip line course. The adventure course offers 91 different challenges over five courses suspended in the trees.
There is also an Explorer Course for children 10 and under with many of the same challenges as the larger course, including a zipline.
Gunstock also offers Segway tours.
The Adventure Park, Treetop Adventures and Segway tours were part of a $2.1 million investment made at the county-owned recreation area two years ago, which followed on the heels of a $4 million expansion of its skiing operations in 2009.
Quigley said the most recent investments are already bearing fruit with 30,000 visitors last year to the Adventure Park. He said that during the course of the year Gunstock attracts about 50,000 campers and is looking at as many as 135,000 summer and fall visitors this year.
''The Tough Mudder event the first weekend in June brought in 20,000 people all by itself,'' said Quigley.
He said that another attraction is a slackline course. Slacklining is an emerging sport that challenges the participant to balance along a dynamic surface known as a slackline. It starts low to the ground and increases to various heights to make each line a little more difficult.
A new restaurant has also been installed at one edge of the base lodge which Quigley says will prove popular with both campers and others coming to visit Gunstock.