Arial Treetop FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Aerial Treetop Adventure (ATA) at Gunstock Mountain Resort is located in the beautiful Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire. Just up the hill from Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire.
What is Aerial Treetop Adventure?
Gunstock’s Aerial Treetop Adventure is an obstacle course set in the forest next to Gunstock’s pond. The obstacles, or "games," are suspended between trees, and participants stay securely clipped into a safety cable throughout the course. The obstacles you will find during your adventure include ziplines, suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs, and much more. The Adult course is split into 5 courses, each getting progressively more challenging and higher off the ground. You will pass through each course once.
What are the courses like?
|Course||Number of Games||Types of Games||Platform Height||Level of Difficulty|
|Demo Courses||10||Ladders, zips, ropes||3 to 5 Feet||Training|
|15||Climbing wall, foot bridges, nets, suspended ladders, barrels, wagon, 80 foot zip line and optional Tarzan jump.||
10 to 15 Feet
|Green||11||Ladders, bridges, swings, Japanese steps, barrels, wagon, 60 foot zip line.||13 Feet||Easiest|
|Blue||9||Bridges, ropes and logs, beam, 70 foot zip line.||16 Feet||Difficult|
|Silver||13||Ladders, nets, swings, seesaws, Tarzan jump, and 65 & 125 foot zip lines.||20 Feet||Difficult and more strenuous|
|Red||17||Cable and log ladders, crossing net, footbridges, u ropes, suspended logs, and 80 & 275 foot zip lines.||30 Feet||Very Difficult|
|Black||16||Logs ladder, labyrinth, suspended rings, footbridges, cable mounted surfboard, pirate’s rope, vertical logs and 3 zip lines from 180 to 200 feet in length.||50 Feet||Most Difficult|
Do I need to make a reservation?
No, reservations are not required for the ATA. Simply stop in, fill out your Release of Liability, and our guides will get you harnessed and ready to go!
What should I wear?
ATA is an outdoor adventure in the woods and involves walking through the woods, climbing in trees, and handling climbing equipment. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement, clothing you don’t mind getting dirty (pine pitch, bark, and dirt), clothing you don’t mind sustaining slight damage, ankle supporting boots or sneakers (no open-toe shoes or slip-on footwear). Shoes should be comfortable and flat soled. Please wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes.
ATA Tours: Closed-toe and heel shoes or boots are RECOMMENDED. Open-toe shoes are NOT allowed. Sturdy, closed-toe sport sandals with back straps are adequate. The Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park Staff reserve the right to determine whether the apparel and/or footwear are adequate for the chosen adventure. Croc brand or similar footwear are not considered to be adequate. We do have some appropriate footwear for sale in our Mountainside Outfitters Store.
Long hair has to be tied back, waists covered and body piercings and jewelry removed or taped over. You may want to bring a change of clothing for the journey home. Many of our guests find that wearing gloves helps with their grip and they bring their biking or weight training gloves. No helmets are required or distributed.
Should I bring snacks or water?
Water jugs are available on the ground between the Silver and Red courses. If possible, you should bring a water bottle that can be clipped to your belt or harness (with a small carabiner) however, we do have Water, Water Bottles, Carabiners, and Snacks available at the Mountainside Outfitters Camp Store located on the deck near the Yurt (round tent-like building).
Are there any age, height or weight restrictions?
Participants on the Adult course must be:
- at least 12 years old
- able to reach 5' 11" with fingertips when standing flat footed
- weigh less than 250 lbs.
Children on the Explorer course should be:
- ages 6 to 11 years old
- able to reach 4’ 7” with fingertips when standing flat footed.
Can my son or daughter under 18 years of age go without a parent/guardian in the course with them?
Yes - Ages 16 & 17: With a signed waiver on site from a parent/guardian, a child 16yrs or 17yrs old may participate without a parent/guardian in the course or supervising from the ground. It is recommended that a parent/guardian be present while participants are in the course, but not required.
Yes - Ages 14 & 15: With a signed waiver on site from a parent/guardian, a child 14yrs or 15yrs old MUST have a parent/guardian either in the trees or supervising from the ground at all times.
No - Ages 12 & 13: A parent /guardian must sign a waiver on site and also be participating in the course with the child. If the parent/guardian cannot complete the course, the child must come down out of the course at that time as well.
The parent/guardian must accept responsibility for ensuring that any minors in his or her care complete the course in accordance with the specific safety rules and advice given by ATA guides.
Is there any paperwork to fill out?
Whenever you are about to have too much fun there is always paperwork to fill out. All participants must complete a Release of Liability on site prior to beginning the adventure. A signature from a parent/guardian is required for all participants under the age of 18.
Can I bring my camera/camcorder?
Yes you can! Getting a camera into the trees is straightforward - you just need a lanyard to make sure your camera is always attached. This is safer for everyone. If you don't bring your own lanyard, we do have them available for purchase at the Mountainside Outfitters Store. We ask that you be courteous of other treetop dwellers by not taking too much time on platforms (only 3 allowed on a platform at any time) to take photos or video.
Can I carry a backpack, fanny-pack or pocketbook?
No. Any bag would interfere with the fitting of the safety harness and your ability to navigate through the games. Water bottles can be carried if attached with a carabiner.
Are there any storage or changing facilities?
We have lockers available in 3 different sizes for rent in the Stone Cellar for any extra gear you need to store while you are in the trees. Small $5, Medium $7, and Large $10 and you may enter the locker as many times as you'd like during the day. Restrooms are available with a changing room for your convenience and privacy. We cannot be responsible for personal items left unattended.
Is there an instructor with you on the course?
You will receive a safety briefing and training from one of our Adventure Guides before you begin. Once you demonstrate the ability to use all of the safety equipment you have been given and observe all safety protocol, you will be directed to the start of the green course. Once you are in the trees you will have Adventure Guides and Monitors on the ground. These folks are available to coach and cheer you on as needed (or desired) throughout your adventure. The guides are available to bring you down if you reach a point where you cannot continue and cannot reach an exit platform.
Please note: The Adventure Guides reserve the right to remove guests from any of the courses if safety equipment and/ or procedures are not followed. Refunds will not be issued for guests who are removed from the trees due to a safety concern.
How high is the course?
ATA offers 5 Adult courses (ages 12+, must be able to reach 5’11’’ with fingertips when standing flat footed) begin with the easiest and lowest games 10’ to 15’ off the ground, leading to more challenging games and bigger elevations, upwards of 70’ off the ground.
The Explorer/ Children’s course (ages 6 – 11, must be able to reach 4’-7” with fingertips when standing flat footed) and will be 10’ to 15’ off the ground.
How long does the course take?
Aerial Treetop Adventures is a personal experience and everyone will move through the courses at their own pace after successful completion of the training course (under the watchful eye of our Adventure Guides). Completing the ATA will typically take approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete.
Is there a time limit to complete the course?
No, you can go at your own pace and let people “pass” if you're taking a little more time with an obstacle, zipline, or section. If you want to reduce the chance of being held up by people in front of you, we recommend that you begin the course earlier in the morning, as there are usually fewer people in the trees. No participant may enter a new section any later than 6:15pm due to available daylight.
I'm afraid of heights!
You may find that with the friendly and supportive training, coaching, and assistance from the ATA staff, you will feel confident to do things you never dreamed possible. The ATA Guide and Monitor staff takes pride in their ability to “boost” your confidence and get you through even the most challenging obstacles. Many people with a fear of heights use our ATA to conquer their fear as they conquer each course, and come back repeatedly to get even more comfortable with heights. Why not give it a try - you might surprise yourself!
What if I can't finish the whole course?
The course is split into sections. At the end of each section you can take a short rest period, or walk back to the Admissions Center if you decide to call it a day. Please note that if you decide to end your adventure early there will be no refunds. Be aware that this type of activity is highly addictive…you will want to come back to conquer the trees!
Is it safe?
Safety is paramount at Gunstock’s ATA Course. Our guide staff will talk you through, walk you through, and then observe you in our demonstration course to make sure you are capable of performing the moves you need to make it through the course safely. We will guide you through the safety protocol, teach you how to use the safety equipment, and make you feel comfortable in the fact that you will be safe throughout the adventure.
That said, Gunstock’s ATA courses are substantial and physically testing treetop adventure courses, which feature various ziplines and obstacles. There is inevitably a risk of injury when undertaking such activities. Participants will be responsible for attaching themselves to the safety system. If you do not attach yourself to the safety system you risk falling, which could result in a serious or fatal injury. However, the treetop course has been built to and operates under strict safety standards. Additionally, the course is inspected daily, monthly, and annually for adherence to these safety standards. All participants receive a safety briefing from a trained instructor at the start and have to wear a safety harness at all times.
Do I need to be fit or strong?
ATA does require a degree of physical fitness, but if you can climb up a rope ladder, you should be fine. You can always catch your breath between obstacles.
Can we watch our friends and family from the ground?
Yes, spectators are more than welcome to watch friends and family zipline, swing and crawl, from tree to tree from the trails below along most of the courses. Signs and guides will point spectators away from restricted areas.
What happens if I get stuck?
Adventure Guides will come to your rescue! They have special equipment to get you to the nearest platform or safely off of the course.
What if I fall?
If you should fall your safety harness will catch you. Then you can regain your footing and continue through the course!
What happens in bad weather?
ATA is an excellent wet weather activity but is even better when dry! The course remains open in all weather conditions, except when it is icy, stormy or during lightning. Rain makes the course slicker and the ground muddier than usual - which all adds to the fun and adventure for many people! However, since you are beneath the forest canopy, it is a lot drier than standing out in an open field. Whatever the case is, dress for the weather. You may want to bring a change of clothing for the journey home.
Sometimes, unfortunately, we might need to close the Adventure Park for reasons beyond our control and if you have already started the tour we will do our best to find alternative dates or times for you and your party to visit again. You will be issued a “Rain Check” to use prior to the end of the current season. Rain checks are transferable but are only valid for the adventure for which it is issued, therefore, all participants must meet the age, height, and weight requirements of that adventure.
Can I do the course if I'm pregnant or have a pre-existing medical condition?
The Adventure Park staff at Gunstock Mountain Resort is not medically qualified and is not in a position to assess the capacity of participants with pre-existing medical conditions to undertake a treetop adventure course. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to taking the tour. We advise you to visit the resort prior to attempting the course. You may also wish to contact your doctor for further advice.
We recommend that pregnant women do not take part in the treetop adventure course (as it is a robust zipline and ropes course and there are therefore associated risks). We do not operate with full body harnesses, but have sit harnesses. Unfortunately, we cannot allow customers to wear their own harness due to our own insurance position. We are not medical experts and therefore suggest that you seek advice from your doctor on the matter. If you decide to proceed, you do so with the full knowledge that the treetop adventures may incur risks to an unborn child.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome at Gunstock Mountain Resort, but must be supervised and remain on a leash at all times. You must clean up after your dog while on resort property. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed to be under the Aerial Treetop Adventure Courses.