Planned Opening is June 23, 2018!
Take on the ultimate aerial challenge at the new TreeTop Adventure! Featuring 6 different aerial courses with over 68 Challenges/Game elements to experience, this is your chance to embrace a unique summer adventure. From above.
- For ages 7 and up. Guides available upon request.
- Course includes: ziplines, suspended bridges, nets, swinging logs, rope ladders, and much more!
- Choose either the Kids Explorer Yellow Course, a single course with 13 exciting age-appropriate activities; or the Adult Adventure, divided into 4 courses – each progressively harder and higher and identified by Green, Blue, Red, and Black designations.
|2018 TreeTop Adventure Rates|
|TreeTop Adventure Course* Green, Blue, Red & Black||TBD|
|Kids Explorer** Yellow Course (Ages 7-12 only)||TBD|
|ZipTour & TreeTop Adventures Combo Package||TBD|
Where are you located?Stowe Mountain Resort TreeTop Adventure (SMR TTA) is located in central Vermont at Stowe Mountain Resort on Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield.
What is a TreeTop Adventure?SMR TTA is an adventurous obstacle course set up in the tree canopy in the wooded area adjacent to the Mansfield Lodge. Participants clip themselves into a cable system that runs throughout the course. During your Adventure, you will ride ziplines, walk over suspended bridges, scramble up nets, cross swinging logs, climb rope ladders, and much more. The Kids Explorer Yellow Course is a single course with 13 fun and exciting age-appropriate activities. The Adult Adventure is divided into 4 courses, each getting progressively harder and higher and identified by Green, Blue, Red, and Black designations. You may pass through each adult course once. Adult courses must be completed in order and cannot be repeated.
Do I need to make a reservation?We highly recommend that you reserve your SMR TTA in advance as there is limited availability for each tour and tours can sell out. You can reserve by phone at 802-253-3420. Our reservation line voice mail is always available, and calls will be returned promptly during operational hours. However, leaving a message does not ensure a reservation. Payment in full is required at reservation time. Please be prepared to provide name, date of birth, address, email, and phone for all participants when calling to make a reservation.
What time do I need to arrive?It is imperative that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled SMR TTA. Arriving on time allows for a relaxed start to your Adventure. If you arrive late and miss your session, or cancel on the day of your session, there are no refunds. We will attempt to put you into a later time slot if available, but there is no guarantee. Factor in extra time for driving to Stowe Mountain Resort, parking, getting to the Adventure Center, completing the necessary paperwork, visiting our retail store, making use of our facilities, and taking the Over Easy Gondola across the road to the Mansfield side of the resort.
What should I wear?SMR TTA is an outdoor adventure in the woods and involves walking through the woods, climbing in trees, and handling climbing equipment. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement and that you don’t mind getting dirty (pine pitch, bark, and dirt) or sustaining slight damage. Many of our guests find that wearing gloves helps with their grip, and they bring their biking or weight-training gloves. Gloves are recommended. Glove options are available for purchase in our retail shop.
- Wear ankle-supporting boots or sneakers. No flip-flops, open-toed, or slip-on shoes are allowed.
- Long hair must be tied back.
- Waists must be covered and body piercings and jewelry removed or taped over.
- You may want to bring a change of clothing for the journey home.
- No helmets are required or distributed.
Should I bring snacks or water?If possible, you should bring a water bottle that can be clipped to your belt or harness (with a small carabiner). However, we do have water, water bottles, carabiners, and snacks available for purchase at Adventure Outfitters, located in the Adventure Center. Chewing gum is not allowed while using SMR TTA.
May I bring my camera/camcorder/ video recorder or other photo device?Yes, you can! Getting a camera into the trees is straightforward – you just need a carabiner to make sure your camera is always attached. If you don’t bring your own carabiner, we do have them available for purchase at Adventure Outfitters, located in the Adventure Center. We ask that you be courteous to other guests by not taking too much time on platforms (only 3 participants are allowed on a platform at any time) to take photos or video.
May I carry a backpack, fanny-pack, or pocketbook?No. Any bag would interfere with the fitting of the safety harness and your ability to navigate through the games. Water bottles can be carried if attached with a carabiner.
Are there any age, height, or weight restrictions?The Yellow Course is open to children ages 7-12 who can reach 4’7”, standing flat-footed. The Green, Blue, Red, and Black courses are open to guests 7 and older who can reach 5’9”, standing flat-footed. Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of minors as they move through the courses. Parents/guardians may do so from the ground or in the trees. There are no weight restrictions. However, the harnesses may not properly fit certain body proportions. If the harness does not fit you properly, you will not be permitted to use the SMR TTA.
Can my son or daughter under 18 years old go through the adult courses alone?Yes and No:
- Ages 13-15 (inclusive): A parent /guardian must be on the ground observing or participating in the courses with the participant. The parent/guardian must accept responsibility for ensuring that any minors in his or her care complete the courses in accordance with the specific safety rules and advice given by SMR TTA Attendants.
- Ages 16-17 (inclusive): A participant in this age bracket may complete the courses without an accompanying adult, but he/she must bring with them a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. This form may be printed from our website by clicking here. It is recommended that a parent/guardian be present while participants are in the course, but not required.
What are the restrictions for supervising children?
- Guests on the courses between the ages of 13-15 (inclusive) must be supervised by a parent/guardian (on the ground or in the trees).
- Children cannot go tandem with their parents.
- Children on the Yellow Course must be supervised by a parent/guardian on the ground. Parents/guardians are not permitted on the platforms or games of the Yellow Course. Any children (ages 7-12) who are able to continue on to the Green and Blue Courses must be supervised by a parent/guardian (on the ground or in the trees).
Is there any paperwork to fill out?All participants must complete a Participant Agreement prior to beginning the Adventure. A signature from a parent/guardian is required for all participants under the age of 18. If a minor is coming to Stowe Mountain Resort without a parent/guardian, the agreement must be signed in advance and brought with the minor. This form may be printed from our website by clicking here.
Do I need to be fit or strong?SMR TTA does require a degree of physical fitness, but if you can climb up a rope ladder you should be fine. You can always catch your breath between obstacles.
Are there any storage or changing facilities?We have storage available in the Adventure Center for any extra gear you need to store while you are on the tour. Restrooms are available in the Adventure Center for your convenience and privacy. We cannot be responsible for personal items left unattended.
Is there an Attendant with you on the course?You will receive a safety briefing and training from one of our SMR TTA Attendants before you begin. Once you demonstrate the ability to use the safety equipment you have been given and observe the safety protocols, you will be directed to the start of the Green Course or the Yellow Course. Once you are in the trees, you will notice Attendants on the ground. These folks are available to coach and cheer you on as needed (or desired) throughout your Adventure. The Attendants are available to bring you down if you reach a point where you cannot continue and cannot reach an exit platform. Please note: the Attendants reserve the right to remove guests from any of the courses if they observe that safety equipment and/or procedures are not being followed. Refunds will not be issued for guests who are removed from the course due to a safety concern.
How high is the course?SMR TTA offers 4 Adult courses that begin with the easiest and lowest games, 10’ to 15’ off the ground, leading to more challenging games and higher elevations, upwards of 50’ off the ground. The Yellow Course is approximately 10’ off the ground, at its highest.
How long does the course take?SMR TTA is a personal experience and everyone will move through the courses at their own pace after successful completion of the training course. SMR TTA will take approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete.
Is there a time limit to complete the course?No, you can go at your own pace and let people “pass” if you’re taking a little more time with an obstacle, zipline, or section. If you want to reduce the chance of being held up by people in front of you, we recommend that you book an early morning slot, as there will be fewer people ahead of you. Note that participants need to be off the course no later than 5:30 pm.
What if I am afraid of heights?You may find that with the training, coaching, and assistance from the SMR TTA staff you will feel confident to do things you never dreamed possible. The SMR TTA staff takes pride in their ability to “boost” your confidence and get you through even the most challenging obstacles.
What if I can’t finish the whole course?The course is split into sections. At the end of each section you can take a short rest period, or make your way back to the Adventure Center if you decide to call it a day. Please note that if you decide to end your Adventure early there will be no refunds.
Can we watch our friends and family from the ground?Yes, spectators are more than welcome to watch friends and family zipline, swing, and crawl from tree to tree from the trails below along most of the courses. Signs and Attendants will point spectators away from restricted areas. Please stay on the paths provided.
What happens if I get stuck?Our SMR TTA Attendants will come to your rescue! They have special equipment to get you to the nearest platform or safely off of the course.
What if I fall?If you should fall, your safety harness will catch you. Once your harness stops your fall, you can regain your footing and continue through the course!
Is there risk?The SMR TTA courses are sports venues that consist of substantial, physically testing treetop adventure courses, including various ziplines and obstacles. There is an inherent risk of injury when participating in such activities. Participants are responsible for attaching themselves to the safety systems. If you do not attach yourself to the safety system as instructed, you risk falling, which could result in a serious or fatal injury. However, the treetop course has been built to and operates under careful design considerations and best practices. Additionally, the course is inspected daily, monthly, and annually for adherence to these safety standards. All participants receive a safety briefing from an Attendant at the start and have to wear a safety harness at all times. The SMR TTA Attendants will coach you, guide you, and then observe you in our demonstration course to help you to prepare to perform the moves you need to make it through the course safely. We will guide you through the safety protocols and teach you how to use the safety equipment. Please note that the Attendants reserve the right to remove guests from any of the courses if they observe that safety equipment and/or procedures are not followed. Refunds will not be issued for guests who are removed from the trees due to a safety concern.
What happens in inclement weather?SMR TTA is an excellent wet-weather activity but is even better when dry! The course remains open in all weather conditions, except when it is icy, stormy, or during lightning. Rain makes the course slicker and the ground muddier than usual – which all adds to the fun and adventure for many people. However, since you are beneath the forest canopy, conditions are often much drier than when standing out in an open field. Whatever the case, you should dress for the weather and you may want to bring a change of clothing for the journey home. SMR TTA will not operate in impending weather conditions that indicate lightning may be in close proximity or in high winds and/or icing conditions. Our staff will contact you if we have advance notice of impending weather and need to reschedule. Sometimes, unfortunately, we might need to close the SMR TTA for reasons beyond our control, and if you have already started the tour we will do our best to find alternative dates or times for you and your party to visit us again. You will be issued a Guest Service Credit valid for one year.
What is your cancellation policy?We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. You may change or cancel your reservation 24 hours prior to your scheduled time with no penalty, and you will receive a refund or voucher for the amount you paid. If you cancel within 24 hours of your tour time there are no refunds or vouchers. Late arrivals will not be refunded or issued vouchers and will not be able to join the group. Those not meeting the weight requirements will not be refunded or receive a voucher. We will not cancel due to rain or snow. Mountain weather is subject to change quickly and can be volatile. We will make every effort to complete your tour as planned. However, we will temporarily suspend the tour at our discretion, sometimes with very little notice, due to lightning, thunder, or high winds. If we cancel the tour, guests will be offered a rain check or a refund. If we delay the tour, the cancellation policy will apply; please plan your day accordingly. Tours are not “pushed up” more than 1/2 hour when there is a weather-related delay. If there is a weather-related issue during your tour time, your tour is the tour that will be canceled. It is your responsibility to provide us with the best mobile number or email to reach you on the day of your tour. Weather is not a viable reason for cancelling the day of your tour – we strongly recommend you check the weather a couple of days prior to your reservation. Our direct line is 802-253-3420. We do not accept cancellations via email.
Can I do the course if I’m pregnant or have a preexisting medical condition?The staff at SMR TTA is not medically qualified to assess the capacity of participants with medical conditions or questions to undertake a treetop adventure course. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to taking the tour. We advise you to visit Stowe Mountain Resort prior to booking. You may also wish to contact your doctor for further advice. Please also note that women over 20 weeks pregnant or having received a physician’s warning to avoid high-risk activities may not participate in the SMR TTA.
Can I bring my dog?Dogs are permitted outside at Stowe Mountain Resort provided that they are on a leash and under the control of a handler at all times. Dogs are not permitted in any of the buildings with the exception of Stowe Mountain Lodge (as a registered guest). Service dogs are welcome throughout the resort. If you bring your dog to the SMR TTA, someone must remain with the dog while others participate in the activity. Do not leave your dog unattended in your vehicle.
May I use the TreeTop Adventure if I have a pacemaker or ICD?The CLiC-iT system, which attaches users’ lanyards to the TreeTop safety cables, uses small neodymium magnets. At this point, because we do not know whether these batteries may interfere with any electrical health devices, we are not permitting people who use a cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator to participate in the TreeTop Adventure.
What if I have special needs?A guest may use the SMR TTA if he/she can meet our Essential Eligibility Criteria for this activity. Please call 802-253-3420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Other CONSIDERATIONS and/or RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Prior to confirming your reservation, you must disclose any allergies or medications that could affect your participation in the program.
- SMR TTA employees are not allowed to dispense medication, and arrangements must be made for an authorized caretaker to provide this service, if applicable.
- If you have experienced recent shock (e.g., insulin, asthma attack, bee sting), you should refrain from adventure-based activities that may require physical, emotional, or mental stress.
- You exhibit any behavior that makes your participation unsafe to yourself, the guide, and/or others at the resort.
- It is apparent that you no longer want to continue the activity.
- The prevailing conditions or circumstances warrant.