Ready to feel like you are flying? Now with two of the longest ziplines in Canada — both over one kilometre in length — Whistler company Superfly is looking to give its guests the closest possible sensation to taking to the air without your own wings, whilst remaining accessible to everyone.
"It's the closest thing to flying other than base jumping, wearing a wing suit or paragliding, all of which I will probably never do," said local Kate Potter.
The zipline linking Rainbow and Cougar Mountains is Superfly's flagship experience, letting riders reach speeds up to 100 km/h while zipping at least 180 metres (600 feet) above the valley floor. Ride time can depend on the guest's weight and the amount of headwind, but everyone can expect at least 90 seconds to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
The second new line is slightly longer and traverses Cougar Mountain, feeling faster due to its proximity to the mountainside. The four existing zip lines, which operate under the ZOOM Ziplines brand, complete the three-hour tour, including shuttle time between Whistler Village and Cougar Mountain.
Superfly is a restructure of Wildplay Element Parks (which included the Monkido Course and ZOOM Ziplines) all under the umbrella of The Adventure Group (TAG). Monkido is now known as Treetop Adventures and the Superfly now has a total of six ziplines, all tandem, meaning couples and friends can zip across simultaneously on separate lines.
Joey Houssian, owner of TAG, is hoping that tours starting at the base the Cougar Mountain — 10 minutes drive from Whistler Village — will add to the experience.
"You get out there and you escape the buzz of the town and you can really enjoy flying in the backcountry between Rainbow and Cougar Mountain," said Houssian.
"The experience is based on the quest to create the (sensation) of flying, we feel like we have the technology to support that and it's very safe.
"It's very smooth, it's very safe and the system resets itself automatically at the end and it's ready to go for the next rider," said Houssian.
Superfly officially opened to the public on Canada Day weekend. For more information about the tour go to www.superflyziplines.com.