Smugglers' Notch ski area in Vermont, Eastern USA, has announced it is investing $4.1 million to build a two-story facility to replace its beloved old Fun Zone.
Work is already underway on the new facility, part funded by a $1m state development low interest loan, which will feature laser tag and a two-sided climbing wall among other activities.
"We're going to have a Ninja Warrior course for kids and adults, actually starting for kids as young as 4-years-old and up. All of these things are designed for families to do together," said resort owner Bill Stritzler.
Smugglers' Notch has for decades topped polls on the most family friendly ski area in North America thanks to its “genuine feeling”, traditional family values and providing state-of-the-art-childcare as well as offering high value, high quality family holiday options.
Families with children make up about 95 percent of the resort's visitors.
Despite opening four waterparks and offering activities like Segway trips, tennis, Mountain biking and the Flyboarding in the summer, Stritzler says the resort’s key activity remains that of ski resort.