Alpine Adventures began in 1997 as a snowmobile tour operator & was the first in New Hampshire to hold a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service to conduct guided tours by snowmobile. In 2004 Alpine Adventures chose to use the 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer for their driveability and small footprint to create a year-round off road adventure tour in the White Mountains. The off-road tours were an instant hit and were conducted with Alpine Adventure’s usual commitment to the highest level of customer service, safety and entertainment. The unique tours set them apart from other attractions while creating a new level of recreational experience.
In 2005, construction began on the first zipline canopy tour on the east coast. Since then, two additional zipline courses have been built, the SkyRider & SUPER SkyRider Tours, on 300 private acres in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. The Thrillsville Aerial Adventure Park & the BigAirBag Stuntzone were added to the Main Street headquarters in Lincoln. This constant and continued evolution is a product of limitless vision and Yankee can-do attitude.
Alpine Adventures inspects its zipline courses and trucks daily. The facility is inspected by ACCT certified personnel annually. Cables are 1⁄2″ aircraft grade steel that will hold 23,000 lbs, attached to trees and poles that are guy-wired and cemented to the ground, “where they will turn into fossils in 3000 years,” one engineer stated, attesting to its strength and durability. Guests glide through the air using a pulley, climbing harness, and dual lanyards, conforming and exceeding ACCT standards for load capacity.
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The Pinzgauer, named after the Austrian farm horses of sturdy build, high endurance and excellent mountain climbing ability, was developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch of Austria in 1971 as a multi-purpose, military vehicle for on and off-road use to operate in some of the most difficult terrain, and has proven itself in the toughest environmental conditions throughout the world.
Approach and departure angles for off-road driving are 43 degrees allowing easy maneuvering up and down steep slopes. It can travel in up to 30 inches of water. The engine is air-cooled so it is not susceptible to freezing in the cold climates.
In 2004, Alpine Adventures researched and chose to use the 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer for their drivability and small footprint to create a year-round off road adventure tour in the White Mountains. Alpine Adventures in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was one of a handful of Pinzgauer owners in the United States in 2004. Our Pinzgauers are also used to shuttle guests to the top of the zipline canopy tours. We thought they were so unique and formidable that we brought 2 Pinzgauers to our Jamaica location.
The Offroad Tour traverses up and over Barron Mountain in our Pinzgauer military vehicles with stops at Treewalk Village, the first zipline bridges and platforms of SkyRider, as well as a summit clearing area with panoramic views of the White Mountain region. The Pinzgauers have modified bucket seating to accommodate 11 guests. The Pinzgauers include lap belts as well as padded overhead cages for passenger safety. The Offroad Adventure Tour generally lasts an hour to 1 ½ hours. All participants must be at least three years of age and all passengers must be less than 300lbs.
The Treetop Tour starts with a gentle ground take-off to put you in the trees. It is a great introduction to ziplining, or for those looking to explore the forest canopy up close and personal. The ziplines range from 250’ to 1,000’ long. There are ziplines from tree to tree on 10′ platforms reaching heights of 50′ off the forest floor, and ziplines that transverse ground to ground. The Treetop Tour boasts a final zip, “Zip Six”, a free-fall zipline. The Treetop Tour has six ziplines and one suspension bridge. The tour takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete with a full group of 13, including a shuttle from our office on Main Street and an exciting Off-Road ride up to the start of the course. All participants must be at least 50 lbs. and no more than 240 lbs. and no taller than 6’5”.
The SkyRider Tour is recommended for guests who have ziplined before or enthusiastic first timers. SkyRider begins from Treewalk Village, 60′ off the ground in two platforms as the first zipline is a dual racing line. The tour includes 5 separate ziplines including 2 side-by-side ziplines, with 5 suspended bridges and multiple tree platforms. The longest zipline is 1600′ long and 200′ off the ground, crossing valley after valley. “White Knuckle Pine”, SkyRider’s final zipline, is a free-fall zip reaching speeds up to 50mph. This course takes 2½ hours to complete with a group of 13, including a shuttle from our office on Main Street and exciting Off-Road ride up to the start of the course. All participants must be at least 70 lbs. and no more than 240 lbs. and no taller than 6’5”.
SUPER SkyRider Tour is slightly more challenging. The tour includes faster, longer and higher ziplines, a 30’ ladder climb to a zipline platform and 6 suspension bridges. This is generally recommended for experienced zipliners. There are 2 “zap-lines”, a twist on the traditional zipline, where the participant must get their momentum up to reach the next zipline platform. The highest point is about 250′ above the ground and the last free-fall zip can reach speeds over 60 mph. This tour is considered to be more “extreme” due to the physical ability required to climb and hike farther than the Treetop or SkyRider tours. All participants must be at least 70 lbs. and no more than 220 lbs. and no taller than 6’5”.
Our guided Snowshoe excursion lasts approximately two hours, including a 1 hour off-road tour in our 6 wheel drive Pinzgauer, and a 30 to 45 minute snowshoeing tour. The Offroad aspect of the tour allows for panoramic views of the White Mountains while the snowshoe tour allow for learning of the local wildlife and logging history of northern New Hampshire amidst the snow-covered trails. The tour is approximately one mile, with multiple routes to choose from based on difficulty, weaving under ziplines overhead from the three courses on site. Our Treehouse, built in 2015, is an added stop where guests can overlook the south facing mountain ranges. Guests are provided with the necessary equipment needed to trek through the snow; Snowshoes, trekking poles and helmets.
Snowshoe tours are offered for general group bookings as well as private bookings. Our general tour can accommodate up to 11 people and go out on a scheduled basis. Private tours can be arranged for special occasions or just for a more private tour.
The Thrillsville Aerial Park is a self-guided course and participants are shown how to “clip” and “un-clip” using their smart belay system. The course consists of bridges, cargo nets, ladders, 2 ziplines, a treehouse, a climbing tower with different levels of difficulty as well as a Powerfan© free-fall device. In 2012, the BigAirBag© Stuntzone was added to the park along with the Colossus Stunt Ramp. All activities are split into three different levels. Level One consists of two suspension bridges, the treehouse and two ziplines. Level Two has miscellaneous obstacles participants have to maneuver around. Level Three includes a lily pad walkway, cargo net climb across and the Powerfan©free-fall. The participant can then take three tries to climb up the climbing tower and is followed by three slides down into the BigAirBag© Stuntzone via a snow tube. The BigAirBag© Stuntzone can be purchased separate from Thrillsville Aerial Park. Participants must be at least 50lbs. and at least 6 years old to participate in levels one and two and must be at least 12 years old to participate in all levels.
Alpine Adventures is a proud member of the White Mountains Attraction Association, Lincoln Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
Alpine Adventures is also a certified member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
Alpine Adventure proudly partners with local resorts and lodging.
-Family friendly, affordable accommodations, with onsite dining
Indian Head Resort
– Centrally located in the heart of the White Mountains with onsite dining options
-Traditional hotel, located in downtown Lincoln
Mountain Club on loon
-On mountain resort offering dining, spa and more
Glynn House Inn
-Upscale inn offering relaxed/romantic getaway
InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook
-Family friendly resort with condo-like accommodations
Rabbit Hill Inn
– Romantic, luxurious, and affordable New England destination