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‘Zips’ the word: Heavenly Flyer soars at South Shore resort

Jeff Munson
Sun News Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” As the official end of winter nears and spring begins, there are at least a dozen reasons to visit South Shore Lake Tahoe this weekend, with six definite stand-outs:

” After rounds of storms in January and February, between 8 and 10 feet of snow remain on the slopes.

” More snow is on the way this week.

” Blues great Taj Mahal plays at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room, at 7:30 Saturday. (See this week’s Lake Tahoe Action Magazine when you get here).

” You can ride the Heavenly Flyer, the longest zip line in the U.S., which was inaugurated recently at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

” Tahoe ain’t “the city.”

” And the sixth reason to come up to the Sierra this weekend for skiing and boarding ” As the folks say here in Tahoe ” “Itsallgood.”

Heavenly Flyer is a hoot

Heavenly Mountain Resort has launched the Heavenly Flyer, an elevated zip line cable ride that takes guests on a scenic adventure above beautiful Lake Tahoe.

The Heavenly Flyer will operate year-round, providing family fun for all seasons, resort officials said.

“The Heavenly Flyer is the latest in a consistent string of improvements we’ve made to the resort, giving us a year-round attraction that is unique at Lake Tahoe,” said Blaise Carrig, Heavenly’s chief operating officer, in a press statement. “We think this is the most spectacular and scenic adventure ride in the world.”

The Heavenly Flyer takes riders at speeds up to 50 mph over the treetops with magnificient Lake Tahoe views. With two separate lines, riders can enjoy the experience side-by-side with a friend. At 3,300 feet, the Heavenly Flyer is the longest zip line in the continental United States.

Its 525-foot vertical drop matches that of the Space Needle, Carrig said. From the Launching Pad, stationed at the top of Tamarack Express, to the Landing Zone, situated above the top of the Gondola and the tubing hill, the total ride time is about 80 seconds.

Winter hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week, weather permitting. Summer hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rides are $30 ($20 for pass holders who present an active Heavenly season pass) and can be purchased at the Gondola ticket window or at the Adventure Peak kiosk located at the top of the Gondola.

Lift tickets and sightseeing tickets are sold separately and are required to gain access to the ride. There are a limited number of rides every day and are scheduled by appointment only.

Next-day advanced ticket sales are available for a $10 premium to ensure a spot is available. Riders must be at least 52 inches tall and weigh over 75 pounds, and cannot exceed 80 inches tall or 275 pounds.

For more information go to http://www.skiheavenly.com.