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About ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch

ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch was founded in October of 2010 and is the first of many planned ArborTrek Canopy Adventures' locations.  Prior to selecting Smugglers' Notch Resort as home to their first zip line canopy tour, ArborTrek president, Michael Smith, conducted more than 70 site visits across the Northeast United States.  When Smith entered Smugglers' Notch, he knew he had found a home.  Respected widely in the ski industry for their top-notch family programming, Smith was attracted to the beautiful scenery and the Resort's emphasis on excellent programming and family-entertainment. 

During his site visits and previous travels Smith noted that there was a lot of money pouring into resort infrastructure all across the country.  While infrastructure is important, it is generally not the reason families chose a resort... or at least, not the reason they choose to come back.  Above all, one thing resonated with Smith.  When asked what Smugglers' Notch's core business was, owner Bill Stritzler commented, "To exhaust people's children."   The Resort's philosophy resonated closely with ArborTrek's own mission to educate, entertain, and inspire through the implementation of novel, family-friendly experiences that combine highly-trained staff with outstanding course design.

An abbreviated version of the present zip line canopy tour opened for Thanksgiving week in 2010.  The full zip line canopy tour opened in mid-January 2011.  An aerial adventure park (referred to as "Treetop Obstacle Course") designed to accomodate families will open to the public in the late spring of 2013, followed by an adventure climbing program in early summer 2013 and a team and leadership development program in the fall of 2013.  The facility is open year-round by reservation. 

In visiting ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch, visitors are encouraged to explore the area.  In the Winter, combine your visit with resort accomodations at Smugglers' Notch Resort, ski and ride three mountains, participate in guided nordic and snow shoe outings, dine at a variety of local restaurants, and explore the art culture of the local area.  For families travelling to the area, take advantage of year-round childcare and award-winning youth programming.  In the summer, combine your visit with lodging at Smugglers' Notch Resort or other lodges in nearby Stowe, Vermont.  Spring to Fall, resort ammenities include pools and waterslides, daily family programming, nightly entertainment and shows, dining, guided trail hikes, disc golf, mountain biking, off-road Segway tours, and much more.



Our core business team is drawn from a variety of fields, including: business management, finance, marketing, risk management, challenge courses, canopy tours, corporate training, camping, and more.

Michael Smith, Co-Founder of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

Michael R. Smith, President

As the President of ArborTrek, Michael is dedicated to providing high-value, small group and family experiences that foster an appreciation for natural world, inspire and rejuvenate the mind, and educate the community on the values of wild places and adventure. Michael brings more than 19 years experience in the challenge course industry as a facilitator, builder, manager, trainer, and business consultant and holds degrees in Wilderness Leadership and Master of Training and Development. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant, authored and published climbing guides, worked as a Chief Field Instructor for the Outward Bound School, and managed a web design and marketing company focused on the outdoor industry. Through his work as zip line builder and canopy tour consultant, he has helped to design and launch 14 zip-line canopy tours in the United States and Canada, and has consulted with dozens of other zip line canopy tour and adventure park operations on business planning, feasibility, staff development, and marketing.  Michael is the moderator of Zipline Nirvana, an online Social Networking site and global directory of zip lines and canopy tours aimed at tracking and promoting the growth of the industry.

Michael Beber, Chairman - ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

Michael Beber, Chairman

Michael provides financial and related insight and support to the ArborTrek team. Michael was born and raised in Toronto, graduated from the University of Western Ontario and is a Canadian Chartered Accountant. Michael is best known as a forensic accountant where he was a senior manager at KPMG, a partner at BDO and subsequently was a co-founder and principal of Lindquist Avey, an international forensic and investigative accounting firm. Beber, now a resident of Rye, in Westchester County, New York, possesses more than 25 years of significant experience in developing market-leading intelligence and risk/data management businesses for major corporations from his years as a strategic and operating executive with companies including Kroll, one of the leading risk consulting companies, Marsh and McLennan, the world's largest risk manager, MidOcean Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm and, most recently, Altegrity, an international investigations and security company.  Beber's love of zip line canopy tours and entrepreneurial pursuits led him to Michael Smith, one of the most recognized leaders in the industry where they forged their mission – to build ArborTrek into the premier provider of eco-adventures in North America..

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