Thrill seekers can channel their inner superhero and go flyboarding at Killington Resort in central Vermont’s Green Mountains this summer. The resort debuted the sport on July 1.
“It’s like Iron Man from the movies,” said Bruce Morrissey, co-owner/certified instructor at Flyboard of Vermont, which partnered with Killington to provide the service. “You become Tony Stark.”
Here’s how it works: Flyboards are strapped to your feet and connected by hose to a nearby jet ski. The flyboards, powered by the jet ski, send you up into the air above the water. The instructors operate the jet skis and control how high participants go, but flyboarders can steer themselves up and down by tipping their toes up and down.
“It’s not as difficult as it looks,” said Morrissey, a self-described adventure seeker and extreme skier. “It’s all about balance. It’s not about strength or athleticism.”
He said Flyboard of Vermont, which operates at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, has instructed about 1,200 flyboarders ranging in age from 13 to 74 since its opening three years ago. Killington is the company’s second location.
“It’s gaining in popularity,” Morrissey said. “Smugglers’ Notch and Killington are the only certified training and learning centers [for flyboarding] in the Northeast.”
Flyboarders, on average, go 6 to 12 feet in the air, Morrissey said. But flyboards are capable of going 60 feet into the air, though the one at Killington goes a maximum of 45 feet, he said. More experienced flyboarders do stunts like spins and back flips. Back flips take about 19 hours of flight time to master, Morrissey said, and the pros can land four of them in a row.
Participants must be at least 13 years old, and wear a helmet, wet suit, and life jacket. The cost is $129 for a 45-minute session.
Killington also added paintball, laser tag, a bocce court, a playground, and an expanded bike park to its Snowshed Adventure Center this summer, where folks are already zip lining, riding mountain coasters, taking scenic ATV mountain tours and lift rides, and more. Flyboarding will be offered through Labor Day, said Morrissey.
“The Killington adventure center continues to grow in popularity and we’re always looking at new attractions and activities to keep our guests engaged in outdoor activity here in the Green Mountains,” said Rich McCoy, director of summer operations at Killington Resort. “Flyboarding is a unique offering for our guests and we’re excited to be working with a Vermont company to bring this exciting activity to our guests.”