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Zip Line Canopy Tour

OVERVIEW

The pinnacle of the ArborTrek brand, zip line canopy tours combine the thrill of flying with friendly guides and a truly immersive environmental experience.  It is no wonder canopy tours appeal to such a broad market.  A typical canopy tour is comprised of a series of zip lines and aerial walkways that traverse from tree to tree, ground to tree or tree to ground depending on the local topography.  While most of the transfer platforms are aloft in trees, course layouts often include landing or takeoff at a ground platform and some trail segments.  Guides tailor the experience according to the wished of each group, adjusting the amount of attention give to informative talks on natural history and ecology, or simply allow for pure recreational activity.

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Market Segmentation: Young & Free, Middle-Income and Affluent Family, Baby Boomers, and Active Seniors
  • Restrictions: Ages 8 and older; Weight: 70 to 250 lbs.

 

LOCATIONS

Zip line canopy tours are enhanced by wild places, distinctive topography, and locations of historical and environmental significance.  20-40 acres of healthy, mature woodlands sor topographically-interesting terrain with 60 to 800 feet in elevation change are generally necessary.

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Duration: 1.5 to 3.0 hours
  • Avg. Price: $75.00 to $150.00/person (depending on market)
  • Avg. Annual Attendance: 10,000 to 30,000

 
EXAMPLE LOCATIONS:
Smugglers' Notch/Stowe, Vermont

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To learn more about having ArborTrek Canopy Adventure develop a zip line canopy tour at your site, contact Michael Smith at (248) 481-2568.

Aerial Adventure Parks and Treetop Obstacle Courses

OVERVIEW

Adventure challenge programs, commonly referred to as adventure-based teambuilding, ropes courses, or Experience-Based Training and Development (EBTD), are generally comprised of a series of high and low elements. In this case, high elements may include aerial trekking, tree climbing, or traditional high ropes course elements.

Low ropes and group initiatives courses are comprised of real and imaginary ground-based obstacles that present physical, mental, and emotional challenges which invite a group to explore teamwork strategies and demonstrate for themselves the importance of planning, cooperation, and communication.

The success of a group in meeting the challenges of an initiatives sequence depends not only upon individual strengths but also upon creativity, tenacity, strategic planning, shared risk taking, the allocation of resources, and the ability to create a climate in which individuals are able to trust each other and in which each member's contributions are recognized and valued.  In the process, members should discover their collective power to meet the ongoing challenge of work in other settings.

Trained facilitators lead groups of up to 15 participants per facilitator through a sequence of events, generally lasting in length 2.5 to 6 hours in length. Facilitators tailor the experience to meet the educational, developmental, or recreational needs of each particular group.

Common program goals include forming new groups, assimilating new members into a group, building positive group relationships, addressing specific behavioral issues, performance coaching and assessment, interpersonal and small group development skills, and leadership development.

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Market Segmentation: Youth Groups, Religious Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, Teams, School Groups, Corporations, Professional Groups, Families
  • Restrictions: Ages 10 and older; Weight limits: TBD

 
LOCATIONS

Adventure challenge programs can be located indoors or out, in heavily wooded terrain or on open fields.  In general, the terrain around the element should be relatively flat and free of obstacles and hazards.  Activities should be placed far enough from one another as to prevent contagion or distractions for group members.

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Duration: 2.5 to mulit-day programs
  • Number of Elements: 12 to 30
  • Land: 3 - 20 acres
  • Avg. Price: $20.00 to $60.00/person for school, youth, and community groups; corporate programs priced separatelty.
  • Avg. Annual Attendance: 20,000 to 40,000

 
TYPICAL COURSE FEATURES

  • 12 to 16 constructed obstacles with some duplicates to manage large groups
  • 20 to 30 portable elements stored on of off site
  • Conversation circles for program briefing and group discussion

 
EXAMPLE LOCATIONS:
Smugglers' Notch/Stowe, Vermont

ALSO KNOW AS: low ropes courses, group initiatives, teambuilding, outdoor leadership, experience-based training (EBT), experience-based training and development (EBTD)

 

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Zip Line Ride and Zip Ride

OVERVIEW

Step up, clip-in, and you're off.  Zip rides are amusement park thrill rides, pure and simple.  They are commonly 800 or more feet in length and include two or more descent lines running side-by-side allowing participants to race one another to the bottom.

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Market Segmentation: Thrill seekers, ages 8 and older, 70 lbs. or more
  • Restrictions: Ages 8 and older; Weight: 70 to 250 lbs.

 
LOCATIONS

Zip line riders are generally designed as an add-on to parls or resorts with other attractions.  To run as a stand along event, zip rides must offer a very novel opportunity.  Common locations include ski areas, stadiums, event centers, zoos, parks, and urban locations.

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Duration: 0.25 to 1.0 hours
  • Lines: 2 to 4 parallel lines, 800' - 5,000' each
  • Avg. Price: $20.00 to $99.00/person (depending on market and scope of ride)
  • Avg. Annual Attendance: 20,000+

 
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Aerial Adventure Parks and Treetop Obstacle Courses

OVERVIEW

Slide, balance, jump, crawl, dash, swing or stroll.  Adventure parks combine the novelty of being high above the ground with physical challenge.  Popular in Europe for many years, Adventure Parks blend static high ropes course elements with zip lines, climbing walls, bridges, and occasionally via ferrata.

A variety of course models exists, ranging from full-guided explorations to semi-guided and self-guided adventures.  From pole-based courses located at your local zoo or beachfront to multi-stage tree-based adventure parks that blend challenge elements with the opportunity to explore the wild, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Treetop Obstacle Course and Adventure Park designs can be tailored to a range of experiences from outings that require only moderate exertion and allow participants to traverse and explore the canopy to physically demanding and emotionally challenging aerial obstacle courses that becon participants to return and improve their performance (akin to climbing gyms). 

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Market Segmentation: Youth, Young & Free, Middle-Income and Affluent Family, Active Baby Boomers, and Active Seniors
  • Restrictions: Ages 4 and older; Weight limits: TBD


LOCATIONS

Adventure Parks and Treetop Obstacle Courses are enhanced by reasonably dense forests or, in the case of steel and pole courses, sites with distinctive topography and good views.

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Duration: 1.5 to 3.0 hours
  • Number of Elements: 20 to 150+
  • Land: 3 - 10 acres
  • Avg. Price: $20.00 to $60.00/person (depending on market and scope of project)
  • Avg. Annual Attendance: 20,000 to 40,000

 
TYPICAL COURSE FEATURES

  • Timber-framed or steel-framed platforms designed to expand to accomodate tree growth; frames have a 15- to 30-year lifespan.
  • Attachment systems with proven, tree-friendly record
  • Designed to meet the most recent version of the ACCT standards and ASTM
  • High user engagement with high revisitation rate
  • Smart-belay, conitnuous attachment system for participants and staff
  • Full-body harnesses and helmets

 
EXAMPLE LOCATIONS:
Smugglers' Notch/Stowe, Vermont

ALSO KNOW AS: high ropes course, aerial adventure course, treetop trekking, aerial trekking

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To learn more about having ArborTrek Canopy Adventure develop an adventure park or treetop obstacle course at your site, contact Michael Smith at (248) 481-2568.

Other Adventure Concepts

OVERVIEW

It's no longer just enough to "Wow" participants with a great experience.  Today's travellers have ever more demanding schedules and their expectations of tour outfitters and operators has increased.  Customers are looking for a one stop shop.

Our other concepts are desigend to supplement programming, provide diversity in experiences, and to keep guests coming back.  The following are just a few of the concepts we have experience in implementing.

  • Adventure-based teambuilding
  • Experience-based training and development (EBTD)
  • Adventure races/team competitions
  • Tree Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Giant Swings
  • Off-Road Segways
  • Free Falls/Jumps
  • Mountain Biking

 

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Build an Adventure Park

ArborTrek provides the opportunity for established tour operators, parks, resorts, museums, zoos, and land owners with wooded property or unique terrain located near tourist destinations or in heavily populated areas to enter into the emerging eco-adventure park market with the management experience, systems, and financial backing necessary to be successful. 

In turn for a long-term concession and agreement of exclusivity to operate the canopy tours, zip lines, aerial adventure courses and other eco-adventure park activities on the property, ArborTrek will finance the tour and provide the brand, experience, systems, and management oversight needed to design, install, operate and maintain the course(s). A separate company will be created to oversee all of the day-to-day operations, staffing, and basic upkeep, so you don’t have to. In some arrangements, the land owner may also contribute capital, access to facilities, infrastructure, and ongoing support. Several partnership options are available including a fixed lease, enhanced lease which includes a percentage share of revenue on an escalating scale, and percentage ownership.

Top Reasons to Partner with ArborTrek

1. We provide the working and start-up capital.

ArborTrek provides all of the start-up and working capital.  We carry five times the general liablity insurance carried by the majority of builders and operators on the market. 

2. Our extensive experience.

Our management team and corporate partners have years of experience growing businesses inside and out of the adventure tourism market.  Our principals and partners have helped to design, build, and grow many of the most popular canopy tours and adventure parks in North America and are ready for a new challenge… to grow ArborTrek into the premier provider of zip line canopy tours and aerial adventure parks in North America.

3. More customers.

Depending on location and proximity to a tourist destination or urban area, ArborTrek tours will draw between 15,000 and 40,000 customers per year after the first year.  Our market studies show that tours will regularly draw guests from as far a 4.5 to 5.0 hours drive.  By establishing a chain of tours, we seek to draw and attract customers to a brand they can trust, increasing repeat business and market draw.

4. More than amusement.

ArborTrek tours are more than pure amusement. They are designed to help customers escape the rush of everyday, experience nature, bond with other members in their group, and step outside of their comfort zones.  At the end of a tour, it’s not enough for us that a customer simply enjoyed the tour and wants to come back; we want them to feel connected and to leave having learned more about themselves, their group, and the world around them.

5. Change is coming.  We are prepared.

Since 2005, the zip line canopy tour market in the United States and Canada has grown at incredible rates. With the boom has come new technologies, new hardware, and new challenges.  In the Fall of 2012, ASTM F-24 group published new standards that heavily impacted the way zip line tours and aerial adventure parks are constructed.  This is just the tip of the ice berg.  States are now individually regulating courses leading to increased expenses to operators and significantly higher construction costs.  ArborTrek’s management team is abreast of these changes and has been working hard to develop new systems that better manage risk, improve the customer experience, promote good practices, and more effectively manage operations.  Further, our connections in the industry and ability to perform much of the work in-house greatly reduce the initial expenses of construction and support our efforts to operate profitably in a more challenging environment.

6. Exquisite design.  Green focus.

Each build is a unique creation. Whether designing a canopy tour in trees or an adventure course in a city park, we believe that quality of craftsmanship and design enhances the user experience and creates value.  While any course built in a natural setting will have impact on the environment, we take pride in our ability to work with the environment to create a program that is sustainable and educates the public on the impacts of the project.  Our course are designed to immerse participants into a novel environment and to foster and appreciation for that environment.  Green building techniques and efforts are core to this tennant.  

7. It makes good business sense.

Plain and simple, professional management makes good business sense. Through economy of scale and experience, we are able to provide systems for reservations, operations, staff development, marketing, maintenance, and management that are unavailable to a stand-alone business and that take significant time and cost to develop. Our systems reduce risk, improve the user experience, and put the hard work in our hands, so that you can focus on your core business or just relax.

8. Our parks generate more revenue.

Our parks generate you more revenue.  We offer three partnership types.  Depending on whether you are seeking income from the start or looking for a larger pay-off in the long run, we offer partnership agreements that will generate direct revenue.  In the case of resorts and other attractions, our tours also generate potential for significant ancillary revenue.

9. We're passionate about what we do.

Here at ArborTrek, we are passionate about adventure, zip lines, fitness, and business. We love what we do and it shows in how we serve our customers, how we work with the environment, and how we run our business.

10. We deliver an outstanding experience.

Not all eco-adventure parks are built the same.  We take great pride in our courses, our ability to work with the environment, and the experiences that we deliver.  We encourage prospective operators to join us in the trees to experience the difference.

 

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We are always on the lookout for exciting new locations. If you think your site is right for an ArborTrek course or if you know of a site that you think would fit our mission, please let us know.

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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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