Boyne Falls, Mich. (January 12, 2010) – Standing at the mountain’s top, strapped in and ready for action. It’s a common scenario at Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain in northern Michigan but now, in addition to swooshing down the slopes on skis and snowboards, visitors to the resorts can experience a new attraction, Zipline Adventure! The adventure sessions are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter months and offered year-round.
BOYNE’s Zipline Adventure is a guided tour of a series of seven cable lines crisscrossing the snow covered slopes and hillsides, through wooded terrain, trails and valleys. Zipliners leap or run from each line’s platform with a rush of adrenaline and soar at speeds of up to 25 MPH over the heads of skiers and snowboarders. The ziplines range in length from 150 to 500 feet with heights up to 60 feet. Riders can expect the tour to be approximately two hours.
“What’s really great about the Zipline Adventure at both resorts, in addition to the thrill, is the interaction between the guides and the group,” said Richard Wren, guest services manager. “The guides have as much fun as the first-time riders and even those who are a bit hesitant to leap off that first platform are jumping with ease and trying tricks, like flying upside down, after only the first few lines.”
Participants meet at the resorts’ SnowSports Academy desks to receive zipline gear and safety instructions, then ride to the mountain’s top on a chairlift and head to the first platform. For riders using snow gear, resort personnel will pick up the skis, poles, and snowboards at the start of the first line and shuttle it to the last line for the end of the tour. Non-skiers and snowboarders simply walk to the base of the slopes following their exciting zipline experience. Boots, whether ski, snowboard, winter or hiking, are necessary as some walking and light climbing is involved between lines.
Riders must be at least three feet tall and weigh between 60 and 275 pounds. All ziplining gear including the harness and mandatory helmet are provided, however, personal helmets may also be worn. Winter riders should dress appropriately and also wear a hat and gloves. Cost for all ages is $59 with a BOYNE lift ticket or season pass and $69 without. Each session accommodates up to 12 riders and advanced reservations are recommended by calling Boyne Highlands at 231.526.3835 and Boyne Mountain at 231.549.6056. For more information, please visit www.BOYNE.com.
Media B-roll and Photos:
B-roll (approximately 1 minute) of the new Zipline Adventure can be downloaded at http://budurl.com/Ziplinebroll.
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BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty. With countless lodging and meeting facilities, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain, two spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and the question becomes…what are you up for? For more information, please visit www.BOYNE.com.