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Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Great Article About ArborTrek from SmarterTravel.com

SmarterTravel.com blogger Eileen Ogintz recently visited the Smugglers' Notch area with her family for a Fall vacation. Included in the trip was a visit to ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, where she and her family experienced the Zipline Canopy Tour and checked out the Treetop Obstacle Course. Click here to read the article and find out more about their experience!

New Adventures Coming to Smugglers' Notch

We're very excited to announced that two new Eco-Adventures are coming to Smugglers' Notch this June.

Treetop Obstacle Course

Slide, climb, crawl, jump, swing, and zip your way across more than 40 tree-to-tree elements.  Courses are designed for ages 4 to adult with challenges ranging from easy to extreme.  Read more.

Climbing Adventure

Test your daring and prowess on our artificial rock wall, vertical obstacles, or innovative tree climbs.   Read more.

Our staff were so excited by the our new tree climbing holds and system that they played hookey the other day when they were supposed to be building. I busted them and caught them climbing rather than working. It was such a nice day, I couldn't blame them. I had to try myself. It was awesome, and there's a lot more to come.  Here's a sneak peak.

Tree Climbing near Smugglers Notch Vermont and Stowe Vermont

Travel + Leisure lists ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch as one of the "World's Coolest Ziplines"

Travel + Leisure - World's Coolest ZiplinesSMUGGLERS' NOTCH, VERMONT ZIP LINE CANOPY TOUR: Travel + Lesiure Magazine, well know for its destination advice, travel tips, and best of guides, recently spotlighted the "World's Coolest Ziplines."  Guess who made the list? 

"We're very excited to be considered among the 'World's Coolest Ziplines'," remarked ArborTrek President, Mike Smith.  "The recognition is validation that our approach of using top quality materials, investing heavily in our guides and guide training, and focusing heavily on the participant experience is noticed." 

Smith is quick to note that the industry isn't what it was 18 years ago when he entered the market.  Smith, who formerly worked for S.T.E.P.S., Inc., a leading builder of zip line canopy tours, has been on zip lines all over the World.  "I try to get out and participate in 30-40 other tours each year, say Smith. "Some builders shun away from going on other builder's tour.  I can't stay away.  I love experiencing other courses, travelling through new environments, and observing how other companies differentiate themselves.  There are some really inspiring and fun courses out there.  I just wish I could do more."

Smith started building canopy tours with S.T.E.P.S., Inc.  when the Detroit economy went under in 2004.  "We had been operating and building challenge courses for years.  When the auto industry failed, it was time to get out of Detroit.  We had a lot of staff who were looking for work and we were inspired to do something different... something big.  The tours we built in 2005 in Ketchikan, Alaska and Austin, Texas were among the first built in the United States.  They were both built on amazing pieces of property and remain among my favorite today.  While they are not the highest, furthest, or fastest tours on the market, they tell a story of the land and they immerse the rider in the environment in a way that is unmatched by other tours.  We've carried that idea over to our zip line canopy tour here in Vermont.  It's what makes us different.  It's not enough to thrill people with high speed.  Customer's want more.  They want to escape to a different place."

ArborTrek's zip line canopy tour at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Northern Vermont includes 8 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, and 2 rappels.  More importantly it covers some amazing terrain with spectacular views of the Green Mountains.  The tour travels along a mountain stream surrounded by sugar maples, paper birch, beech, poplar, and eastern hemlock.  The Eastern Hemlock is the dominant species in the area.  Currently threatened by the hemlock wooly adelgid, a sap-sucking bug accidentally introduced to the U.S. from Asia nearly one hundred years ago, hemlocks, especially in the southern and central appalachian mountains are being killed off at an alarming pace.  The adelgid has spread as far as Southern Vermont.  "Educating people about our changing environment and the plight of the eastern hemlock is an important component of the tour," shares Smith.  "Hemlocks provide important habitat.  The loss of the hemlocks will significanty change carbon cycles in those areas heavily infested." 
The ArborTrek staff work with a local arborist and closely monitor the health of the forest around the canopy tour.  "We're not selling an amusement park ride," comments Smith, "We're selling the opportunity to experience nature and life from a different perspective.  I think that's what makes us unique."

Zip line canopy tours are offered year-round by reservation.  For more information, visit www.arbortrek.com or call (802) 644-9300. 

ArborTrek Featured on NECN

NECN's Jack Thurston joined ArborTrek Canopy Adventures in the trees June 29, 2011 for a tour we're certain he won't soon forget. Check out his report. Thanks Jack. We can't wait to have you back.  NECN's report focuses on a trend sweeping ski resorts across the country.  Spurred by real estate sales, unpredictable weather, and the need to increase revenues, ski resorts are adding zip lines, aerial adventure parks, and other summer activities.  ArborTrek is actively seeking ski resorts to partner with to expand the ArborTrek brand.  Learn how ArborTrek assist resorts in entering the rapidly growing eco-adventure market, fully capitalized and with the experience and systems required to be successful

Now Hiring Zipline Canopy Tour Guides

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures is currently seeking enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working outdoors and with people for summer zip line vermont canopy tour guides. If you are interested, please check out our employment opportunities. Candidates for the positions must submit a resume along with completed pdf Employment Application. For guides with previous experience, please send copies of current certifications.

Arbor's Express is Open!

Arbor's Express, an abbreviated version, of the full canopy tour is now open at Smugglers' Notch and will run through December 24.  The full zip line canopy tour course is still under construction and will open to the public on December 26, 2010.  Come out and ride with us! 

Arbor's Express Canopy Tour at Smugglers' Notch Opens November 26

Arbor's Express, a short version of the full zip line canopy tour scheduled to open on December 26 at Smugglers' Notch Resort, opens on November 26, 2010. The zip line canopy tour, Vermont's first zipline canopy tour, will include 3 ziplines and a rappel. The 1.5 hour zip line experience is just a preview of the full coure which will include 8 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, and 2 rappels.

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Now Hiring Builders and Construction Hands

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures is currently seeking experienced tree climbers, riggers, and those with experience installing canopy tours for upcoming projects. We are also seeking local construction hands eager to learn the trade. If you are interested, please check out our employment opportunities or call (802) 335-1007 for more details. Candidates for the positions should submit a resume along with completed pdf Employment Application. For builders, please submit a portfolio with images of pictures from projects completed.

Latest News

New Aerial Adventure Park to Open at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Pikeville, Tennessee – ArborTrek Canopy Adventures has teamed up with The Adventure Guild, LLC, a Tennessee-based adventure park builder/operator, to develop an aerial adventure park at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee's largest and most visited state park. The 2.5-hour, self-guided tour con...

ArborTrek President Elected to Board of Directors of ACCT

Michael Smith, President of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, LLC, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), the leading standards author and professional trade association for the canopy/zipline and aerial adventure park market.   Founded in 1...

ArborTrek to Open Two New Eco-Adventures in Smugglers' Notch

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont is expanding its services in the spring and summer of 2013.  In addition to the established Zip Line Canopy Tour, which was named one of the "World's Coolest Zip Lines" by Travel + Leisure magazine and one of the best wilderness zip lin...

ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch Featured on Vermont Public Television Outdoor Journal

Gina Bullard of WCAX joined us in the trees last October for a zip line canopy tour through Vermont's fall foliage.  While the zip line canopy tour is open year-round to guests at Smugglers' Notch Resort, locals, and visitors to the region, there is perhaps no better time to go zip lining in th...
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