Ziptrek to build record-breaking zipline

The new line will be constructed between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains by mid-July

Ziptrek Ecotours is set to launch a new two-km zipline, the longest in Canada and the U.S., the Whistler-based company announced last week.

The new zipline will be built between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, following the same route as the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which recently earned spots in the Guinness World Record book for highest cable car above ground and longest unsupported span between two cable car towers. The new zipline will open in July, said Warrick Hubbard, director of marketing for Ziptrek. “It’s been in the works for a couple years now,” he said. “We’ve been working with our partner Whistler Blackcomb for access and where it will launch from and take place. That takes a bit of working through.”

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While Hubbard said the company is excited about the new title, they’re more anxious to show off the scenic location. “We see so many visitors from around the globe,” he said. “It’s year round. It’s become a four-season resort, with us being part of that. It’ll be pretty amazing to have something like this take place in this area of the resort.”  

Ziptrek isn’t saying yet how fast the zipline will be, but Hubbard confirmed it will launch from near the Catskinner chair on Blackcomb Mountain and travel the expanse between the mountains. The logistics of building it are tricky.

“They’re the issues they had when making the Peak 2 Peak — you’ve got helicopters and other things to take into consideration,” Hubbard said. “(Whistler Blackcomb) were on board right away. They’ve been really supportive.”

The new line also requires the company to build towers, construct launch and landing platforms and, perhaps most challenging of all, transport four km of cable up the mountain for the twin lines. “That’s a big spool of cable,” Hubbard said. “It’s got to go up the mountain, which is no small undertaking. It’s a cable between two points, but these two points are very far apart.”

So far, the response has been positive, he added. “For those regionally and locally who know Ziptrek and the experience, it’s not hard for them to extrapolate what that will be like. It’s been really good. A lot of the local hotels and (other venues) were quick to chime in after the press release went out,” he said.

The zipline will operate both as a stand-alone activity and as part of longer tours. “This has been in the works for some time and we’re super excited to launch it and see what the guests’ reaction is going to be,” Hubbard said. “It’s of such significance that I think we’re anxious to see if it will lure in the more extreme adventure set.”

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