We have visited the Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain Resort several times, and we like to check out different activities each time. This time we decided to splurge on something from their Adventure Zone. The kids had been begging to go on the aerial challenge course, so when we had some free time, we headed over to reserve a spot.
There are a lot of things to choose from at the Adventure Zone, from a climbing wall to an alpine mountain coaster. The Haulback Challenge Course costs $35 per child, which includes three separate loops (approximately 45 minutes long). My kids are ages 8 and 11 (you have to be a minimum of 6 years old).
We paid for our tickets at the Trading Post, which is in the woods by the Adventure Course, and were assigned a 1:30pm start time. It had just started raining a little bit, and the course goes on rain or shine (unless there is thunder).
After paying, we headed back towards the course. The instructors helped the kids got their gear on, which included harnesses and helmets.
My husband and I were able to walk over to the course as well to watch the kids up close, as long as we wore helmets.
The course fee includes three challenges that start at a main tower. The first level is lowest and easiest, and you work your way to the top of the tower and the third, hardest level.
There are a variety of different obstacles along the course, from tunnels to a horizontal ladder.
While you complete the course on your own, the staff there was wonderful in helping make sure everything went smoothly.
My 8 year old thought the rope loops were the hardest. Since she’s short, it was hard for her to reach the ropes with her feet, and had to figure out to swing to the next rope.
The kids were very happy that the last segment of each course is a zipline back to the tower. We just did some ziplining in Mexico, and we have been looking for another opportunity since.
Overall, the kids had a total blast doing the Haulback Challenge! They thought it was a lot of fun and loved both the challenges and the ziplines. While it wasn’t cheap, it was fun and a productive way for the kids to spend some time. The instructors were very attentive and were happy to help with tips to get through the course, and also made sure that everyone on the course were doing the obstacles correctly (for example, telling people not to go more than one per obstacle).
We stay at Jackson Gore Inn regularly (see my review here), and it is a nice place to stay while you explore Vermont. The Adventure Zone is a convenient way to have fun alongside other things like their pools.
Visit Okemo’s Adventure Zone at https://www.okemo.com/activities/adventure-zone/