World’s Highest Zipline -WOW!

I cannot decide if this would be one of the world’s wildest adventures or absolutely lunacy?

OT Val Thorens

OT Val Thorens

The world’s highest zipline advertised as  “a route through the skies mimicking the journey of an eagle in flight” opened between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys in France.  The zipline stretches 1,300 metres (0.8 miles or 4,265 feet) across the valleys. First rides for the public took place on  Tuesday 18th February 2014. The official video is here:

The altitude at the departure point at the top of the Bouchet chairlift in Orelleis on the n the Orelle field is 3, 230 metres ((10,597ft) above sea-level. The zipline drops you down to finish at the Val Thorens Ski resort at the top of the Thorens Funitel gondola 3,000 metres (9,842ft) above sea-level. This video was filmed on March 5 and gives an idea of the speed and height!

The travel time for the one way trip is 1 minutes 45 seconds with travellers reaching 100km./h (60mph). Skiers ride it with their skis or board on their back to continue skiing afterwards. Gav Brett, a UK journalist experiences it here:

Access is restricted to skiers aged 8 to 88 who weigh less than 120kg and have ridden the Bouchet chairlift . The prices of the “flight” is not cheap at 50 € ($US70) per one way ride.

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