Ski season is upon us and with the winter holidays right around the corner, we all have the perfect excuse to spend a few days on the slopes.
One resort in Europe has come up with the most creative way to deal with slow lift lines, and it’s one that daredevils might want to pay attention to: A zipline that stretches almost a mile long and takes only one minute and 45 seconds to get from end to end.
“La Tyrolienne” is located at Val Thorens ski resort in France at an altitude of about 10,600 feet, which makes it the highest zipline in the world. The maximum height above ground is 820 feet. It's more than an entertainment attraction at the resort, though — it actually connects Val Thorens to the neighboring Orelle ski resort, and you don't need to be a skier or a snowboarder to ride.
“Suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100 km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces,” reads the somewhat poetic description by the resort.
A ride at La Tyrolienne will cost you €50, or around $60 USD. Needless to say, if you are afraid of heights, you should probably stick to the slow lifts, which suddenly don’t seem to be that much of an inconvenience, right?
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The zipline is only one of the many spectacular ski facilities that won Val Thorens the title of the best ski resort in the world and in Europe at the 2017 World Ski Awards. The resort has become a favorite of both amateurs and professional skiers from across the globe for its long season that stretches from November to May, breathtaking and unobstructed views of over 100 Alpine summits, family-friendly activities, and, of course the high quality of its ski facilities that include more than 330 slopes and 30 lifts.