Eat, Drink, Play: Got time for a little zip lining?
Ryan Summerlin July 28, 2012
Looking for a way to exert a little adrenaline this summer in Summit County? Strapping onto a cable and flying through the air at nearby zip lining courses is sure to satisfy that itch.
Copper Mountain recently opened its new zip lining course that’s family friendly and a great thing to do during a trip or over the weekend.
The prices are great, $15 buys two zip lining runs. A day pass can also be purchased for $39, and gives unlimited access to all of the summer activities available including zip lining, go karting, mini golf, bungee jumping, a climbing wall, scenic chair lift rides and lake activities.
The zip line course is a 300-foot cable that extends over West Lake in Copper’s Center Village, dipping over a fountain in the center that will lightly splash zip-liners who opt for the right side of this dual track.
The maximum height of the zip line is 30 feet and speeds of 30 mph may be reached, according to Copper Mountain marketing manager Nell Bailey.
The course will prompt much screaming, giggling and hollering – in a good way.
For those traveling together in pairs, the zip line is a dual track so two can experience the plunge side by side.
Those riding the zip line will feel as though they are flying over the lake.
It’s fun to watch too. For parents over the weight limits, or for those fearful of heights, zip lining makes for a great spectator sport.
Tyler Schaefer, 42, from Longmont, experienced the zip line at Copper Mountain while on a weekend vacation.
“Zip lining here is great, I like how it dips over the lake,” Schaefer said. “Your feet get a little wet as you go over the fountain – it’s nice to have a little relief from the heat.”
Copper’s zip line is designed for all ages, but participants must weigh a minimum of 50 pounds and should not exceed 250 pounds.
For zip liners with hair longer than shoulder length, bring a tie to fasten into a low ponytail (that’s one thing the author forgot to think about).
Copper Mountain’s new zip line is the only course of its kind in Summit County, but traveling toward Leadville one will find another new zip lining course.
Top of the Rockies Zip Line, located between Copper Mountain and Leadville, offers dual cables and several long runs traveling 400-850 feet.
The course, which opened July 25, is $125 for adults and $100 for children ages 7-12.
The minimum weight to participate is 70 pounds, and no children under 7 can register.
The zip line crosses over the Continental Divide and the entire course is above 10,000 feet, giving this zip line a downhill trek through the backcountry.
Views of Mount Arkansas, Massive, Elbert and Democrat can be seen from the Top of the Rockies zip lining course.
“This is the only zip line course near Summit County that offers a long, adrenaline packed course through rugged wilderness,” said White Mountain Tours general manager Judith Gilman. “Take a deep breath of the crisp, clean mountain air and just go for it.”