Best Bets: Zip It

By Rachel Levitt | |

ALPINE ADVENTURES OUTDOOR RECREATION, LINCOLN

The first treetop canopy tour in New England, Alpine owns six separate lines, ranging from 80 to 600 feet long. Routes extend as high as 250 feet and include a suspension bridge over Barron Gorge. For the very adventurous, there’s the new Sky Rider tour, which sends people soaring along a 1,400-foot-long cable toward a grand "White Knuckle Pine" finale: an 80-foot drop at 50 miles per hour. $85 per ride, 41 Main St., Lincoln, 603-745-9911, alpinezipline.com.

BRETTON WOODS CANOPY TOUR, BRETTON WOODS

The brand-new, 165-foot-high, 830-foot-long ride is one of the longest zips in the country; geared up with a helmet, nylon straps, metal carabiners, and thick leather gloves, you’ll feel as much like a model for a bondage magazine as an outdoors extremist. But all the clipping-in helps alleviate acrophobia, allowing you to relax and watch the regal Mount Washington Resort rush by. $110 per ride, Rte. 302, Bretton Woods, 603-278-4947, mountwashingtonresort.com.

ZIPRIDER AT WILDCAT MOUNTAIN, PINKHAM NOTCH

When this opened two years ago, it was an instant hit—perhaps due to the unusually comfortable seatlike setup, more one-man ski lift than wedgie-inducing harness. Speed along on one of four side-by-side, 2,100-foot-long cables overlooking trails, treetops, and the Peabody River until you reach the base lodge. Then get in line and do it again. $20 per ride, Rte. 16, Pinkham Notch, 603-466-3326, skiwildcat.com.

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