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Storm Repair Update: Local Attraction Will Stay Open Despite Storm Damage

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Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center in Stevens, PA took a major hit from a recent wind storm that hit Lancaster County, but that doesn’t mean they are closing up shop.

“We were hit pretty hard,” said Justin Harnish, Director of the family adventure and retreat center. “Several of our outdoor activities will need to be assessed and repaired as necessary, but a majority of our lodging options made it through the storm unharmed,” he added.

Refreshing Mountain, best known for its zip line experiences and outdoor activities, also relies heavily on retreat groups, offering cabins, hotel-style rooms, bunk houses, and more to overnight guests. “We actually had approximately 300 guests here when the storm hit,” said Harnish. “Everyone was safe and unharmed, and we want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of our guests for their patience as we began cleaning debris and fallen trees from our property over the weekend. Additionally, a very special ‘thank you’ to our local community who came to help us begin cleaning up,” he added.

Sunny Redcay, Sales Coordinator at Refreshing Mountain, ensured the facility would remain open to retreat groups that are scheduled to arrive over the next several weeks. “We have some cleaning up to do, but we are still here to provide our guests with a safe, comfortable, family-friendly experience, and we are still able to do that,” she assured.

Refreshing Mountain has quickly become one of the area’s unique, fastest growing destinations. From zip lines and pedal carts to education nature experiences and more, Refreshing Mountain truly has something to appeal to every one. “Our team has worked very hard to build a retreat and adventure center that brings people together for a time of refreshment and relaxation, and I have absolutely no doubts we will be able to continue providing superior levels of service, comfort, and excitement,” said Harnish.

While Refreshing Mountain will work to have all activities and lodging options operational as quickly as possible, please note the zip lines will be closed until further notice. “We are still working to evaluate damage to our zip lines and repair accordingly, but rest-assured all 3 of our zip line courses will open better than ever,” added Harnish.

To learn more about everything happening at Refreshing Mountain, visit refreshingmountain.com.

Refreshing Mountain is a year-round retreat and adventure center providing family friendly fun and refreshment for over 30 years in Lancaster County, PA. We provide a variety of outdoor adventures, day field trips, and corporate team-building events, and overnight getaways with activities including zipline canopy tours, high ropes course, climbing tower, problem solving challenges, and much more. Our center is built on 8 acres of beautiful PA woodland.

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Storm Repair Update

Refreshing Mountain Storm Repair Update

March 21 (9:20 AM):

Happy Spring! We sure are feeling it up here, with the warm temperatures and renewed life all around.

  • Activities Status:
    • As of Monday our Challenge Adventure Zipline passed all necessary inspections and tests and is officially back up and running! Thanks to Treetop Quest and our crew, these ziplines are back to their prime condition- just under 4 weeks after they were damaged.
    • We anticipate the Aerial Excursion Zipline to be available come March 31. Stay posted!

To check our Zipline Tour availability and make a reservation, click here!

March 16 (4:40 PM):

Despite the 17 inches of fresh powder, we are working on our ziplines and giant swing.

  • Activities Status: Today they were able to reset guide cables on our Giant Swing. We are performing the necessary inspections, tests, and expect to have this activity open by early next week.

March 10 (8:00 AM):

We received three inches of snow and expect another few inches in the upcoming week but that's not stopping our crew!

  • Activities Status: New poles arrived and our crews are hard at work setting anchors for the guidelines that stabilize the zipline poles on the closed courses. We are ahead of schedule!
  • Zipline Bookings: Speaking of schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!

March 7 (10:40 AM):

The rain has slowed and crews are hard at work.

  • Activities Status: Our zipline builder and inspector gave the go ahead to open our Flying V and High Ropes course! Schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!
  • Forest Recovery: The past week we have been trimming branches from downed trees and prepping them for loggers to come in and remove. At this point conservative estimates are 50-60 trees have been recovered and more to address as we get past the initial border of our forest lines.

March 6 (12:00 PM):

This past weekend we hosted 200+ people with our overnight retreats. The weather was cold, but we accomplished more work and are excited about the progress.

  • Facility status: Thanks to Meadow Valley Electric (MVE) Group our solar panels have been inspected and repaired and are up and running.
  • Activities status: Today we have an inspector from our zipline builder, Climbworks, here to inspect and evaluate our ziplines. We should have a projection of when our zipline tours will reopen in the next few days.

We expect more great news, stay posted!

March 1 (4:00 PM):

The rain impeded us from completing some of our outdoor projects today, but none the less much was accomplished.

  • Parking status: Cleared all parking areas of downed trees and limbs.
  • Activity status: We restored our sling shot and archery areas and ensured the nature center critters and farm animals will be ready this weekend. In addition the climbing tower and climbing wall will be fully operational as well!

Feb 28 (4:00PM):

  • Communication status: Minutes ago our communication lines were restored. Email and phone lines are now operational. We can now begin returning your calls!
  • Building status: All damaged roofs have been weatherproofed and are scheduled for permanent repair.
  • Activity status: We will have pedal carts and teambuilding in full operation this weekend, with more to come!

Our staff along with contractors have been working tirelessly campus wide to clear debris and begin repairs. We are extremely grateful for our neighbors who have given their time and energy. We are extremely thankful for how God continues to provide. We look forward to the days to come and our retreats this weekend!

Feb 27 (4:00 PM):

Around 3:30 on Saturday February 25th, a major wind storm hit Northern Lancaster County and significantly impacted Refreshing Mountain. We sustained damage to several buildings as well as our Ziplines / adventure activities. Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God that no one was hurt during the storm. Also, we are grateful that so many people in the community are helping with cleanup and repair. Our Retreat Center ( lodging, meals, Recreation) is still open and ready to host the many groups scheduled over the next few weeks. But our Ziplines and other adventure activities are temporarily closed as we inspect, assess, and repair. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next few weeks.

Click here to read our press release regarding the storm and repair efforts

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