Zipline: A Year Round Activity

Soar to new heights this winter with friendly and knowledgeable zipline tour guides and other adventurous zipline tour-goers. Ziptrek Ecotours and Superfly Ziplines, Whistler’s Zipling Tour Companies, are open year-round — offering their guests a chilly but cheerful winter experience, with views like no other. Experience the exhilaration of bravely stepping to the platform edge, lifting your feet, then soaring above the forest floor, reaching speeds up to 100km/hour!

Whistler Zipline

While both Ziptrek and Superfly deliver a product that approximates the feeling of flying, there are subtle differences to their tours that make for a completely unique experience. I was lucky to do both Ziptrek and Superfly tours this summer, and here are some differences worth mentioning.

Ziptrek

Combing ziplining with education about Whistler’s centuries-old rainforest ecology, the importance of sustainability, and precisely how the company practices what it preaches, Ziptrek provides unparalleled adventure in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

The tour area now boasts 7 suspension bridges, 2 rigid aerial bridges, 10 treetop viewing platforms and a total of 10 ziplines. Ziptrek offers 3 tours — Bear, Eagle, and Mammoth — that are suitable for first-time ziptrekkers (ages 6 and up), veteran adventurers, and full on adrenaline junkies.

At Ziptrek, the harness system allows you complete freedom to move, take a look around (if you can keep your eyes open!), and even enjoy your zipline ride hanging upside down! No doubt you’ll describe your experience in one word, make that sound, “WHOO-HOO!”

Superfly

Superfly is all about length, height and speed! Superfly boasts Canada’s longest ziplines, at well over a kilometer long, 600 feet off the forest floor, and clocking speeds of 100km/hour. You’ll certainly have enough time to take in the views as you soar between two mountains! With your arms spread wide, it’s as if you’ve strapped on a pair of wings.

To follow up the longest ziplines, you’ll be clipped on to the fastest of all ziplines, “Godzilla,” In the “torpedo position,” I reached speeds of close to 90km/hour! The custom-built trolley rigs, comfortable harnesses and revolutionary braking system, make flights safe and smooth. At Superfly, your harness, fitted with a backpack, allows you to bring valuables and keep them safe.

Locals and tourists can become zipliners year-round, day or night, soaring in the summer breeze or crisp winter air. No matter the weather or temperature, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience. With heated and sheltered platforms to minimize exposure to the elements, you’ve got no excuse not to go ziplining this winter!

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to help you plan your ‘Ziplining Adventure’ in Whistler. For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Whistler Must-Do: Superfly

TAG’s launches new zipline, Superfly: An account from a first time Superflyer

The Adventure Group (TAG) celebrated Canada’s 146th birthday in style. July 1st 2013, marked the opening of Canada’s longest ziplines, at well over a kilometer long, 600 feet off the forest floor, and clocking speeds of 100km/hour. And let me tell you, as a first time Superflyer, I can confidently say that TAG’s Superfly Ziplines has much to boast about!

If I had to describe my experience in one word, make that sound, it would have to be “YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!” In fact, as I rewatch video footage from my flights, that is precisely what I was yelling as I soared above the tree tops.

My trip began at the Superfly Clocktower Office, where I was greeted by the super friendly staff. The soon to be Superflyers and I then hopped on the shuttle bus, and within ten minutes we arrived at the Superfly adventure base, located in Whistler’s stunning mountain wilderness. Shuttle transportation is provided from Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons offices – how convenient eh?!

Our amazing guides explained Superfly safety and procedures, as we stepped into our harnesses, fitted with backpacks for the safe keeping of valuables. We were each given trolley rigs, and then we set off for the two warm-up lines, which gets flyers into the zone before heading way up the mountain to reach new heights.

While standing on the platform that connects Rainbow Mountain to Cougar Mountain, I could hardly fathom that I’d soon be suspended hundreds of feet above the valley floor. I took a deep breath, and with a “Ready Spaghetti?!” from the guide, I was launched and screaming “YIPPEEEEEEEE!” It was if I’d strapped on a pair of wings.

Superfly did exactly what it set out to accomplish — develop a product that approximates the feeling of flying. Custom-built and using comfortable harnesses and a revolutionary braking system, my flight was smooth and safe. To follow up the longest ziplines, I then clipped on to the fastest of all ziplines, “Godzilla.” In the “torpedo position,” I was reaching close to 90km/hour!

Superfly takes their name seriously, and boy did they deliver. Locals and tourists can become Superflyers year round, soaring in the summer breeze or crisp winter air. Zipline tours are open to guests aged 7 and up. For more information call the super helpful Superfly staff at +1 604 932 0647 or inquire at info@superfly.com.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to help you plan your ‘Superfly Adventure’ in Whistler. For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

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