We visited Adventure Mountain this past Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, 2009. First, the good aspects: the ride up the tram was spectacular. Most of the staff are super nice and friendly. The caves were beautiful, and we all loved the alpine slide. We highly recommend both attractions. (One of the cords broke on the bungee trampoline while my friend's daughter was jumping, however, so that was not such a good experience.)
Now, the bad and the ugly. When we came out of the cave tour Sunday afternoon, the weather was beginning to change. The wind had kicked up and as we lined up for the tram ride down, the operator told us it was 'temporarily' closed. After waiting about 40 minutes, he told us to gather in a nearby tent where the wind was whipping through and it was uncomfortably cold; there was no organization or line, and people who had just walked up were suddenly ahead of people who had been waiting before.
We asked the operator what the waiting policy or back-up plan was, and he told us that normally they'd take us down in a bus but it couldn't run because there was too much snow on the dirt road. We asked if we could walk down and he said no, it was at least a three-hour hike down on the same road. They finally found a van to take us out, but we had to wait another hour before the van arrived. Incredibly, they could only take 14 people at a time in the van and it was at least a 30-minute round trip down and up the mountain. By now there were hundreds of tourists crammed in the open tent, freezing in the raging wind as the manager came in waving 14 precious tickets and nonchalantly asked "Who would like to go first?"
The most astonishing part of this situation was that even as the desperate crowd was gathering at the top of the mountain, when the van arrived it was full of more unsuspecting tourists! We finally got down the mountain -- several hours late -- and we considered ourselves very lucky because we were in the first group out; I hope some others that were in a later group will post about their experience.
Bottom line: If you are going to visit Adventure Mountain in the wintertime, check the weather report before you leave or you may get more 'adventure' than you bargained for. Bring warm clothes (a flask could come in handy, too) and be forewarned that you could get stuck up there for a very long time!
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