When summer winds down, kids go back to school and the leaves begin to turn, activity in the mountains keeps right on going. After winter’s white, spring’s blooms and summer’s lush green, autumn’s blaze of reds and oranges gives a whole new perspective in the mountain environment. Whether it’s ziplining, mountain biking, golfing or hiking, the fall season provides color and lighting like no other time of year. The often crisp air and the vibrant colors enhance the experience no matter what you are doing outdoors. Most northern New England resorts that offer summer activities continue their schedules right through mid-October, though hours may be scaled back.
In southern Vermont, Mount Snow’s Bike Park is a great way to be out in the fall air, get some exercise and be assisted by gravity. Berms, jumps, ladders and more have been integrated into the area’s trail system to provide a true mountain biking experience. From Trail 7, the longest introductory trail in the East, to the more hard-core runs, there’s plenty to challenge all abilities. Bike and gear rentals are available as well as mountain biking lessons. After Labor Day the park is open Friday through Sunday until Oct. 14.
If downhill biking is not your thing, the resort has a number of cross-country trails both on the mountain and in the surrounding countryside. You’ll find everything from easier family friendly terrain to tight singletrack for the more skilled or adventurous. The 18-hole championship golf course has won many accolades with its Geoffrey Cornish design and the spectacular backdrop of the Green Mountains, bursting with color in September and October.
A little farther north, Bromley continues operation of its three adventure parks from Labor Day to Columbus Day on weekends and holidays. The Mountain Adventure Park includes an alpine slide, trampoline, mini-golf, climbing wall, a water slide, space bikes and more to keep kids and adults plenty busy. The littlest set can be entertained all on their own in the Kidzone fun park. At the Aerial Adventure Park, you will be challenged by ropes courses, ziplines and bridges as you climb, glide and maybe scramble under the resort’s canopy and see the area from a whole new angle. If you feel the need for speed, hop on the Sun Mountain Flyer and drop 700 feet while ziplining down the half-mile course at 50 mph. Its four side-by-side tracks allow friends to zip together.