By Evie Carrick
June 10, 2019
Peter Morning/MMSA

Diehard skiers flock to Mammoth Mountain in California long after most ski areas in the Northern Hemisphere have closed — but this summer, thrill seekers of another sort have a reason to visit the mountain.

Mammoth Mountain has announced the opening of Mammoth Mega Zip, which will offer visitors the biggest vertical drop of any zip-lining experience in the U.S.

The zip line tour will boast a 2,100-foot plunge from the mountain’s 11,053-foot summit allowing thrill seekers to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

Flyers can choose either a seated-style or Superman-style harness for the descent, while those who need moral support can make the plunge alongside a friend using the mountain’s parallel cables.

The mountain’s lower span is preparing to launch, while the upper section is slated to open later this summer. When the entire zip line is complete, visitors will be able to descend from the top of the mountain to the base, with a quick mid-mountain transfer where Mammoth Mountain’s safety experts will disconnect the harness from the upper line and attach it to the lower span. A scenic gondola will provide uphill access to the park.

The complete experience lasts approximately 30-40 minutes, with times available to book every 20 minutes. To ride, flyers must weigh at least 75 pounds.

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