Snow Zipping is open from November 15 till April 15
BELOW YOU WILL FIND IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON OUR SNOW ZIPPING TOURS.
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TOP OF THE ROCKIES ZIP LINE IS OPEN YEAR-ROUND, except for a short break from mid-April to May 15, and from October 15th to November 15th when we reopen each year for the winter season.
Top of the Rockies Zip Line had its Grand Opening in July 2012 and the 2014/15 winter season is the third season of winter zip lining. Snow Zipping has proved to be the most popular new winter activity in the area. Local Residents and Guests from around the world have enjoyed this exciting attraction and Free transportation is offered during the winter season from most hotels and condos in the Summit County area.
Winter Zip Line tours are approximately 2 hours long. Guests meet their guides at our spacious new check-in facility then board one of our snow cat machines for the excursion up steep winding trails through the forest to the first zip line deck at 11,200’ of altitude. The Cat Driver will provide information and commentary about the mining history of the area and point out some of the old patented gold mines that hide beneath the snow. The property supports abundant wildlife including herds of elk and deer.
COMBINE ZIP LINING WITH SNOWMOBILING FOR THE ULTIMATE WINTER ADVENTURE. Choose your favorite snowmobile tour, we add the Snow Cat Tour up the mountain and a delicious Box Lunch from a local restaurant served in our cozy high mountain Yurt. Relax and enjoy the views from the deck then get ready to fly on all SIX ZIP LINES. End your tour on THE BIG NUGGET, it’s a TRIPLE. Return to earth side-by-side-by-side and land on our massive 100’ tall Sky Tower with spectacular views of Mount Massive and Mount Elbert to the South and “our mountain”, Mount Arkansas behind.
Frequently asked questions:
What is the youngest age that can participate?
- It’s a matter of weight, not age. Children should be at least 55 pounds. The maximum weight is 260.
Isn’t it cold?
- Snow zipping is no colder than any other winter activity. Many parts of the zip line course are sheltered from the wind so it’s warmer than skiing or snowmobiling.
What do we wear?
- Dress in ski apparel or warm winter clothing. If you need additional layers, we have complimentary Coveralls at the Base Camp. Bring your goggles or sunglasses. Don’t forget your gloves.
What are the important safety features of your zip line course?
- All zips have double cables for safety. You are hooked to both the upper and lower cables. Our automatic braking system means that you will enjoy great zips without the stress of “self-braking”. This is particularly important for children and older adults.
Are we climbing up stairs or ladders to zip?
- No, all decks are almost flat on the ground and easily accessible with only one or two steps up. The only stairs are on the last zip. The SKY TOWER for THE BIG NUGGET ZIP has stairs, but going down. The 6 spacious landings provide a place to rest, take photos and enjoy the scenery.
Can we walk underneath the zip lines and watch?
- No. This is rugged country and not accessible to non-zippers. Only tour participants can ride in the snow cat vehicles up to the first departure area. Non-Zippers will be able to see the zippers as they come back to Base Camp on the Grand Finale, THE BIG NUGGET ZIP.
How do we get from one zip line area to the next?
- The trails are all down- hill and easy going. Guides are always ready to lend a hand or an arm.
Can older adults participate?
- We have had many people in their 70s and 80s who have done this tour and loved it. Consider any pertinent medical problems and remember, this is High Altitude Fun. Most active, healthy seniors will enjoy this tour. Everyone must sign a Waiver before touring.