Whitewater Challengers' certified guides steer paddlers as young as 5 across the skipping surf of the Poconos’ Lehigh River Gorge, the Black River Canyon, and the Adirondacks’ Hudson, Moose, and Salmon rivers. In the rafting industry since 1975, the guides have collectively traveled more than 16 million miles of rapids. They chart courses that satisfy a range of experience levels, from beginning jaunts down gentle rapids to advanced battles through coursing foam and wicked currents.
The crew’s ultimate goal is to make rafting a fun adventure, which means that they take care of the business end, providing all safety equipment, transportation to launch points, and lessons for novices. When not on the water, the outdoors-loving crew also organizes mountain-biking and camping trips in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Few fitness organizations would place as much importance on a potluck as a pushup, but Friends in Motion is different. Instead of creating weight-loss programs that consist of strict drills and dieting, the staff designs plans that are built on a foundation of support and social interactions. Though it might seem cliché, the effectiveness is no joke. Team members bond with their teammates during interactive classes and outdoor team-building activities, increasing the chances that they'll return for more calorie-burning workouts.
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11–25
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Whaleback Mountain
Pro Tip: Get here early if you would like to rent equipment.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: We take pride in our learning programs.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Since 1955, Whaleback Mountain—a ski slope and family fun attraction—served as a pillar of the community, until it went into foreclosure in August of 2013. That's when the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation stepped in. The staffers at the nonprofit organization knew that Whaleback was worth protecting, so they now work to keep the area hot spot alive depending on the community's support. Under the new nonprofit model, Whaleback's 30 trails, descending 900 feet, remain open to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels and ages, whether they stick to the bunny hill or dare to explore the five double-black-diamond runs. Newbies can hone their skills with the help of the learning center's professional instructors, and strap on gear from the rental shop. After a day of speeding down expertly groomed trails, guests can unthaw at the rustic lodge, sipping drinks and sharing stories about out-skiing the on-site abominable snowman.