If you have not heard about Tamarack’s Zipline tour then you need to get with the program. It is a unique way to see the mountain that is hard to beat. You can scan the beautiful panoramic views or look down hundreds of feet as you fly through the air. I took my family on the “Premier Tour” last weekend which departs at 8:30 a.m. and takes about 4 hours. The tour includes 6 different lines. Our group did 7 lines because we were so awesome (or we just had a little time left) and we did appreciate it. I think we would have all done more if we could. I was uncertain how the kids would handle it but my son was the first one out of the shoot and could not wait to get to the next one. “This isn’t scary”, said both my 9 and 11 year olds, “This is fun.” I have to agree that it was not scary and loads of fun with a capital F. After the first two intentionally easy lines that help you get your bearings and learn how to steer yourself, you are ready for more. The guides were great. They help you throughout the tour and make it possible for anyone to do it. The guy who designed it and maintains it is working with his crew to make sure that everyone is safe and has a great time. They continue to perfect each line and add lines. It is a work in process.
There is some hiking involved so good shoes are imperative. One hike between two of the lines takes about 15 minutes. Their recommendation of closed toed hiking boots should be heeded. They suit you up with a helmet, harness and a pulley system. You really don’t need to have any prior experience because they set you up for each ride. I am not a very outdoorsy girl and I even did fine. The weight requirements are 80 – 275 lbs. Much less than 80 lbs. and you may have trouble making to the top of the next line. Just make sure you grab the rope so they can assist you if needed. The longest line currently is almost 900 feet. You change elevation about 1,700 feet during the tour so make sure you have some layers because I can assure you that is as pretty darn chilly at 8:30 a.m. at the top of the mountain even on this beautiful early September day. And you will get to hang out for a while in the tree tops in a wonderful tree house in the top of huge Ponderosa pine which can support up to over 30,000 pounds. It is spectacular making the Zipline a must do summer activity. If you can’t fit it in your schedule before October 15, you will have to wait until it reopens in 2008. Reservations are highly recommended as the spots fill up quickly. Check out a video on the Website and see for yourself. I plan to return next year as an “experienced” Zipliner.