Zipline-ing at Heavenly includes monster lake view. (Heavenly/Facebook)
One of the most prevalent summer activities at ski and snowboard resorts is the high-flying, high-speed zipline. And California is no exception.
From Lake Tahoe in the north to the San Bernandinos near L.A., resorts have taken advantage of the elevation and slope at mountain resorts to string cables and attach thrill-seekers to them.
SnoCountry.com took a look around the Golden Bear State and found a sampling of ziplines that get the hear pumpin’ and the screams a-comin’:
Heavenly. A gondola ride begins the day at the Tahoe mountain. Then catch one of two ziplines – one 1,000 feet and the other 3,300 feet long – for a race. Or, take one of two zipline tours, including the new Silver Rush tour that includes a chairlift ride, five zips, one aerial bridge and an ATV ride to the base.
Mt. Baldy. Los Angelenos can take the short ride into the San Gabriel Mountains to get to the closest ski resort zipline. The SoCal resort has strung a quartet of 600-foot cables that are accessed by the mountain’s chairlift. Lunch at the Top of the Notch restaurant solidifies the day trip.
Mountain High. Fly over the Pacific Crest with two tours near the SoCal ski and snowboard mountain. Shorter tour covers six ziplines at speeds up to 55 mph, and includes two controlled freefalls off platforms. Longer tour lasts 3.5 hours through the forest on nine zips.
Squaw Valley. Hang out at treetop level on an “elevated aerial trekking course” that has six ziplines, 16 tree platforms and the 50-foot Alpine Tower and 10 events or bridges along the way.