Sports & Outdoors

If you’re itching to move ahead as an overall athlete or in a chosen sport, there’s a “dream team” at Canyon Ranch waiting to help you. The year-round seasonal beauty of New England is the inspiring setting for individual and group outdoor activities led by experienced guides and instructors. 

Teen Services: Canyon Ranch welcomes guests ages 14-17 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please note that the accompanying parent or guardian must sign a consent form and book all services for guests under 18, and an adult must be present for most services. Ask your Program Advisor for details.

View the Teen Services Guide.

Aerial Adventure

Try something new, push your boundaries, improve your self-confidence and just plain have fun as our staff guides you safely through a high-flying adventure on the two most popular features of the High Ropes Challenge Course – the zipline and giant swing. Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • $105 for 80 minutes
Group Cross-Country Ski Tours

Enjoy complimentary cross-country skiing on beautifully groomed trails.

  • complimentary
Cross-Country Ski Lessons

Individual and group cross-country skiing lessons are available for beginning through intermediate skiers, conditions permitting. A great aerobic workout.

  • fees vary
High Ropes Challenge Course

On our High Ropes Challenge Course – which you'll experience with the guidance of our knowledgeable staff – you'll discover new things about yourself and how you perceive risk. The challenges you'll face on the course will connect to daily life: You'll learn about your communication skills, performance under pressure and your ability to give and receive support. The course offers many routes and is highly interactive, whether you traverse it one-on-one or with a group. You make all the decisions about starting, engaging and ending your adventure. Limit six people.
Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • $230 for 2 to 4 hours
Loops & Ladders Challenge

Test yourself with these two physically demanding challenges on our Ropes Course. Work on your own or with a partner to succeed in scaling the Giant’s Ladder and move on to the Space Loops, where coordination and strength of mind and body will prevail.

  • $105 for 80 minutes
Private Bike Tours

Personalized bike tours may be arranged for a fee.

  • fees vary
Group Hikes

Complimentary hikes vary in length and terrain to accommodate all levels of fitness and experience. Guide service, packs, water, a meal or snack and transportation to trailheads are provided. Bring your hiking boots (preferably broken-in), a hat, sunblock and extra layers of clothing in the fall and winter. Don’t forget your appetite for adventure – even if you have never hiked before, you’re in for a great experience. Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • complimentary
Paint & Hike

Explore the connection between nature and art. Enjoy a private watercolor-painting lesson with a beautiful backdrop.

  • $105
Night Vision Goggle Experience

Observe our surroundings and the night sky in a whole new light. Join us on a walk and we’ll view nature through night vision goggles.

  • $135
Photography Hike

Celebrate the beauty of New England and learn techniques for taking memorable photos of nature, art and architecture. Our photographer will share tricks of the trade, then you’ll get a chance to practice your skills at one of our local natural areas or historic estates. Digital cameras will be provided and you’ll receive a flash drive with your images to take home.

  • $105
Private Hikes

If you prefer a hike tailored to your interests, private hikes may be scheduled through the hiking department. Hikes can be customized for any focus, length, level of intensity, terrain and duration you prefer. 24 hours advance notice required.

  • fees vary
Tai Chi Hikes

Experience tai chi in an outdoor setting. Guides will lead you on a meditative hike with reflective pauses to learn controlled martial arts movements and heighten your chi – the life force or essence of your being.

  • complimentary
Group Kayaking

Our experts teach you the basics of this relaxing water sport on scenic Berkshire ponds and rivers. Able swimmers only. Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • $105
Private Kayaking, Canoeing or Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lessons & Tours

You or your group can develop your skills or take the tour of your dreams with an expert guide.

  • fees vary
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Try the fastest growing water sport in America! Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is fun and easy to learn. In this group experience, you'll effectively work your core while challenging your balance. Able swimmers only. Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • $105

The most elegant form of rowing. Scullers enjoy placid waters in the quiet of early morning and develop precise bladework and fluidity of motion. Sculling joins body, mind and nature in a way that satisfies the soul. May through September. Also available as a private session. Sign up: Spa Activity Board.

  • $185 for 2.5 hours
Private Racquetball Lesson

Whether you’re a beginner or an ace, you can sharpen your game with the help of a fitness professional – and have a ball. Please note that advance notice is required for scheduling.

  • $150 for 50 minutes
Private Squash Lesson

No matter what your level of play, you’ll improve your game and get a great workout. Please note that advance notice is required for scheduling.

  • $150 for 50 minutes
Private Tennis Lesson

Beginning basics to advanced instruction, hitting lesson or workout drills.

  • $150 for 50 minutes
SemiPrivate Tennis Lesson

Sign up with another person for an instructional session or a great workout. 

  • $210 for 50 minutes
Tennis Clinic

Group instruction with separate clinics for beginners and intermediate/advanced. Check This Week at Canyon Ranch for days and times.

  • $85 for 50 minutes