Texas Ski Ranch sends wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and water-skiers skimming across the placid surface of a cable lake?all without the use of a boat. Ropes connected to a circulating cable high above the water pull up to six athletes at a time around the water, with kickers and sliders stationed throughout to provide opportunities for big air, as well as a Little Bro cable system for beginners.?
Aside from the cable park, the 70-acre sports wonderland also boasts a 15,000-square-foot city-style skate park, an indoor trampoline park, a beach area, a portable rock wall, and Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant. Even snowboarders and snow-tubers can visit to slide down the SnowPark's artificial slopes, or take lessons from a crew of seasoned instructors.
Texas Sphere Ride brandishes a novel thrill with its massive inflatable spheres that send adrenaline junkies tumbling along a fenced-in track. The hollow, cushioned plastic balls safely cradle strapped-in pairs as they gather speed, rolling and bouncing along a dirt path. For added excitement, Texas Sphere Ride’s partnership with Helicopter Tours of Texas augments spherical jaunts with a short ride in a chopper for a more heart-pounding adventure than a hostage negotiation in a cardiologist’s office.
Discovery flights and tours, which take place in a cozy Piper Tomahawk airplane, are ideal for anyone considering the aerial career path of a pilot. The lesson begins with 15–30 minutes of ground training and includes a variety of preflight procedures. Following this earthbound orientation, you'll take to the skies for 30 minutes (from startup to shutdown) of hands-on, instructor-guided flying, learning how to turn, climb, descend, and read the GPS system with real-time satellite weather. If you aren't interested in piloting the Piper Tomahawk, you can perch above the skies crying "Nevermore!" with an aerial tour instead. During the hands-free experience, you will float above the earth's crust for a customized tour of the city, scoping out views of your house, the Guadalupe river, downtown New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Texas State University, or anywhere else that strikes your flying fancy. Whether piloting or passengeering, you'll be treated to a variety of sublime natural views.
Floats last between one and four hours each, and the short, one-hour route can be repeated. Gather a team of water-drawn hooligans for a relaxing journey that takes you around the famous Horseshoe Loop. The river is flush with Momma Nature's finest currents and rushing at its highest level in three years, so there's no better time to propel yourself and your professional water Marco Polo team down a living waterslide. Choose the route that will satisfy your inner sundial and outer sunsoaker.
Cacti dot Canyon Lake's shoreline, where one of Hwy 66 Motorsports' students looks skyward. He straps a giant fan to his back, and?once started?it sends an attached parasail into the sky. The adventurer is paramotoring, a sport which Hwy 66 Motorsports' training program helps thrill seekers to master. As he soars high above the lake's sparkling waters, he marvels at canyon walls that glow in the setting sun.
The staff experts at Hwy 66 Motorsports make these scenes come true every day, along with wakeboarding, skiing, and tubing from blue Centurion Enzo 240 boats at five lakes near San Antonio and three lakes by Austin. Out in Oregon, dirt bikes fly across the business?s 22 acres of motocross trails, whose main track stretches more than a mile through lush, candy-cane forests of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Offering sunrise and sunset excursions, Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloons Rides floats riders through the clouds on brightly colored, eight-story-tall buoys of heated air. After being picked up from a designated pickup location, guests will meet the day's FAA-certified captain, crew, and up to 16 fellow passengers. Air wranglers impart a formal safety briefing as balloons slowly take shape, filling with hot air supplied by area high-school debate teams. A blast of burners lifts leisure seekers into the air, drifting through the blue sky for approximately an hour, bandied about by the day's prevailing winds. Passengers chase crews who rendezvous at the chosen landing site for a congratulatory postflight celebration and first flight certificate. Passengers will be returned to the designated pickup location after the flight.