Wednesday June 13, 2012

HANCOCK -- After the installation of a mountain coaster, an Alpine slide, an aerial adventure course and a number of other attractions over the years at Jiminy Peak's Mountain Adven ture Park, some wondered what more could possibly be done to enhance the summer operation.

Turns out, Brian Fairbank, president and CEO of the mountain resort, has managed to find some new toys.

For this summer, Fairbank has brought in a herd of Segways upon which riders can take stand-up tours of the resort and its wooded hills. A Segway is a powered, self-balancing personal transportation device on which a rider can travel while standing upright.

At $59 per person, the rider gets a 90-minute guided tour of the property. But first they get a lesson on riding the Segway. Riding the device, after a few minutes, seems as natural as riding a bike.

Fairbank said he happened upon the idea when visiting Gunstock Ski Area in New Hampshire last summer, which had just started a similar program.

Always looking to increase the diversity of attractions at the Mountain Adventure Park, Fairbank toyed with the idea for a while, and then this spring decided to give it a shot.

"I don't know how they're going to do, but everyone who's tried it said they love it," he said. "It's a good way for a family to do something unique that they'll remember for a long time."

In three weeks, Jiminy Peak will introduce the Soaring Eagle, an 800-foot zip line. It will haul two people in a chair part-way up the mountain backward. When they get to the end of the line, they are released and gravity zips them right back down to the base.

But what does Fairbank have in mind for next summer?

"I don't have a clue," he said laughing. "I didn't even know we'd be doing these two things until March."

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