EAT SHOP PLAY STAY: June 2018
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There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said about the joys of ziplining—the rush of adrenaline when zipping along at sixty-five miles per hour while taking in Alaska’s stunning views simply can’t be beat. Ziplining is an exciting, one-of-a-kind experience for all ages and levels of experience.
Alaska Canopy Adventures
Locally owned Alaska Canopy Adventures has received national recognition, including being named "Tour of the Year" by Princess Cruises since 2006, receiving the coveted "Excellence in Tourism Award," and being honored with the "Chuck West Award" for tour innovation and showing guests the true beauty of Alaska. In addition to the highest standards of quality, the company is also one of the largest zipline operations in Alaska. Guests experience a mountain climb in a Unimog, ziplines more than 600 feet long, breathtaking sky bridges, and rappels.
The company states, “Safety, guest enjoyment, and employee satisfaction drive ARS and ACA operations. We are committed to delivering experiences that will make your Alaska visit the vacation of a lifetime.” Alaska Canopy Adventures offers zipline excursions in Southeast Alaska in Ketchikan and Juneau.
Video courtesy of Alaska Canopy Adventures
Denali Zipline Tours
Denali Zipline Tours operates two locations: one in Denali and the other in Seward. The tours are approximately three hours door-to-door and include nine ziplines, three suspension bridges, one rappel, and one spiral staircase. Groups are comprised of eight guests or fewer.
The pace and excitement of the tour varies as it progresses, with opportunities to pause and gaze out from viewing platforms or to enjoy the view while crossing a long, aerial bridge either at a lush boreal forest (in Seward) or over the Alaska Range (in Denali).
Employing as many locals as possible, the company, owned by Mark Wildermuth and Laura Caillet, states, “[Our] main goal for Denali Zipline Tours is to create a permanent and positive recreation facility for the community and to preserve [our] property in one piece well into the future.”
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Glacier View Adventures
A two-hour drive north of Anchorage, Glacier View Adventures boasts the fastest zipline in the state. There are two zipline options, the Nitro and the G2. For the Nitro, after a short hike and ascending a three-story tower (on a hill 150 feet above Matanuska River), guests leap off, traveling thirty to forty miles per hour along 1,500 feet of zipline. A shuttle takes guests to the top of a 250-foot cliff for the G2; for this ride, zipliners travel as fast as forty-five to sixty miles per hour for 2,200 feet. Both ziplines provide stunning views of the Matanuska River, which is fed by Matanuska Glacier.
Zipline adventures can be bundled with Glacier View’s other offerings, including an ATV tour, helicopter tour, luxury camping, or glacier trips.
Video courtesy of Don Wray / Glacier View Adventures