If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to try aerial freestyle tricks on the slopes, then Windham Mountain’s Big Air Bag may be for you.
Now in its fourth season, the Big Air Bag was the first of its kind to be set up in this country, and is still the only one in the Northeast. The double-compartmentalized nylon bag, which is more than 55 feet long and 10 feet high, refills every 10 seconds. Here’s how it works: You ski (or ride) down a slope from 50 yards away, and hit a “kicker” that sends you airborne. After performing your mid-air maneuvers, you land on the bag — instead of the ground. It’s similar to the fall cushions used by movie stunt people. The bag “has been an amazing addition,” says Windham’s Beth Barry. “Both for thrill-seekers as well as skiers and riders wanting to practice big tricks before learning to land them on snow.” Helmets — as well as some jump experience — are required, and you must be able to show that you can ski or board in a straight line. Tickets are $10, and you must also have a valid lift ticket. In the summer months, the bag transforms into a thrill ride — allowing people to free-fall 25-30 feet with a soft, cushy landing.
Even if you want to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, you might want to check out the annual Big Air Bag Throwdown on February 16. The judged contest kicks off at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display, but the party gets started earlier.
Want to see what it looks like to land on the Big Air Bag? Check out the video below.