After seven years of guiding thrill seekers through winter snowmobiling tours, SledVentures' team of White Mountain wayfarers decided to parlay their spirit for adventure into a year-round enterprise, establishing DirtVentures ATV Rentals and swapping snow-covered runs for the rugged terrain of spring, summer, and fall. A typical tour begins with a crash course in vehicle operation and safety before cruising through the trails of the New Hampshire mountains, including an easy trail on old railroad bed alongside the river. Brief stops along the way allow amateur explorers to not only visit the area stores and treat themselves to ice cream, but to also take pictures of the burbling streams, mountainside panoramas, and tree-lined scenery that surrounds them at every turn. All riders must wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and boots in order to operate DirtVentures' Brute Force 300 ATVs. Locations may vary throughout the year.
From their home base in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Out Back Kayak’s guides let their adventurous spirits run wild on kayak, ATV, and snowmobile tours. Off-road vehicles' treads easily navigate 80 acres of forested terrain along the Pemigewasset River, where kayakers paddle through churning Class I, II, and III rapids. From beaches and islands to wooded ravines, the natural surroundings also serve as an arena for paintball, in which competitors tag their opponents with biodegradable paint to simulate the way real soldiers sew Kick Me signs onto their enemies' shirts.
Gunstock Mountain Resort's wealth of outdoor activities changes with the seasons. Here's a look at what you'll find throughout the year:
A foot bridge stretches 165 feet between the treetops. The distance to the ground below: more than 100 feet. But the people traversing it have other things on their minds—the bridge's planks are irregularly spaced, requiring careful navigation to make it to the next step. It's just one of the challenges of Gunstock Mountain Resort's Aerial Treetop Adventure Course. Eight different routes stretch along the trees near Gunstock's pond, and they knit together 91 challenges that include the likes of log ladders, swings, and, perhaps most thrilling of all, ziplines.
The treetops also contain an easier explorer course for kids, as well as a zipline-only course that stretches 1.6 miles, or the length of one slinky stretched to its limits. And there's plenty of earthbound fun to be had, too—families can play mini golf or drive Segways down off-road trails, for instance.
More than 120 inches of annual snow blanket the slopes at Gunstock Mountain Resort, a skiing enclave near New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. Fifty-five trails criss-cross the mountain, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels. The intermediate trail known as Flintlock reveals expansive views. After nightfall, 5 lifts and 21 well-lit trails remain open for night skiing. The mountain also features groomed cross-country ski trails.