Zip Lining in Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and in the Back Country. By Lu Snyder
Summit County, loves adventure. We’ve got skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, climbing – you name it. And now, we’ve got ziplines to add to the list, too.
Fly over water
Copper Mountain’s Alpine Rush Zip Line gives guests an opportunity to soar 300 feet across West Lake, at speeds up to 30 miles-per-hour. The dueling design of the zipline allows two guests to race each other across the lake.
Be warned: In the summer, West Lake is often busy with bumper boats, equipped with big squirt guns and you might get sprayed as you fly above them.
The start of Copper’s zipline is conveniently located on the patio of Sugar Lips, a miniature donut shop. Stop by before your zip for crispy, warm, sweet treat to fuel your zipline adventure.
Down the mountain
With Breckenridge Resort’s new TenMile Flyer, you’ll have the chance to zip along one of the resort’s ski runs. You’ll ride the Rips Ride chairlift up and take two ziplines for a total distance of almost 1,500 feet toward the base of Breckenridge’s Peak 8.
The first section, which extends about 400 feet, allows two people to zip next to each other. A quad span, the second length allows four people to travel side by side, so the whole family can zip together.
Set high above the town of Breckenridge, Peak 8 offers magnificent views of the town, Mt. Baldy and Guyot to the east and the Ten Mile Range above.
In the backcountry
If there is one word to describe Top of the Rockies’ zipline experience, it’s rugged.
Located in the quiet, remote valley between Fremont Pass and Leadville, just outside Summit County and on the west side of the Mosquito Range, the zipline spans across the company’s 2,500-acre property. From Highway 91, you can see the 100-foot tower in the meadows nearby, but not much else. That’s because the zipline, which includes five sections, travels through the forest, over the train tracks (and, if you time it right, over the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad train), over deep canyons, streams and wetlands, and past old mining claims.
Typically, guests take an old military truck to the start of the zipline, at more than 11,000-feet above sea level, though there is an option to take the train instead if you prefer. Once at base camp, you’ll have safety briefing and a test run on a safety zipline. The ziplines are not continuous, so this tour includes strolling through the forest, from one tower to another.
“All the trails are downhill,” says Judith Gilman, General Manager with White Mountain Tours, so they are fairly easy. “The views in every direction are spectacular. You can’t see any houses or condos or hotels. You’re going to see every kind of critter up there. This is a beautiful, totally unspoiled backcountry area.”
This summer, White Mountain Tours is adding a sixth section to its zipline, for a total length of more than 9,000 feet and an elevation drop of about 1,200 feet. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry. The entire experience is a progression, says Gilman, and the zipline features double cables for safety and an automatic braking system to ensure a gentle landing.
“It’s great for families,” she says.
Go to www.whitemountainsnowmobiletours.com or call (800) 247-7238.