Get Ready To Fly: Mountain Resorts Wired For Zipline Thrills
About one-third of American ski and snowboard resorts have strung ziplines to keep the mountain thrills going through the summer.
Hundreds of thrill-seekers hook up and slide every offseason, choosing from full-speed rides (60 mph in some cases!) to more leisurely flights using hand brakes. Many combine with suspension bridges and other aerial challenges for a tour. Most ziplines have age and height restrictions – and require parents or guardians for youngsters.
Here’s a sampling from SnoCountry.com of ziplines at mountain resorts around the nation:
Tamarack. At the base of the Idaho resort, Zip Tamarack combines six ziplines and suspension bridges along 4,400 feet of travel. Night rides, too.
Leadville/Ski Cooper. Situated among a half-dozen high Colorado resorts, the ride begins at 11,200 feet and runs total of 8,000 in five sections. Ride Leadville Colorado & Southern RR to site, then fly over the train.
Sundance. Nearly two miles long with 2,100-foot vert, longest span at Utah resort is nearly 3,900 feet. Hit speeds up to 60 mph and heights to 500 feet. Must make 1/3-mile hike to base
Stowe. Demo trainer gets folks comfortable, then ride spans to 4,400 feet long and 130 feet off ground. All-day gondola access included in zipline price.
Boyne Mountain. Single-person ride starts at top and runs 4,300 feet over 10 spans at Michigan resort. Two-ride option at base with shorter spans and lower heights.
Roundtop. Central Pennsylvania resort has strung 11 lines to combine with high crossings and Tarzan swing for tour that begins at top of chairlift.
Berkshire East. Three tours of varying thrill-levels highlight ziplining at western Massachusetts mountain. Top speeds hit 50 mph with heights up to 186 feet.