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French Resort Debuts Europe’s Longest Zipline

High-elevation Val Thorens’ super-zipline crosses a glacier.

ValThorens-logoAs I’ve written before, I love ziplines. And as I haven’t mentioned recently, I love the Alps, that magnificent range that stretches from France to Slovenia. Some of my best ski days and my very best long hiking trip have been in the Alpine countries. Now Val Thorens, the highest of the resorts comprising the Trois Vallées (the Three Valleys) has just debuted another attraction: the highest zipline in Europe.

Unlike any North American zipline I've seen or ridden, this rider has skis on his back.
Unlike any North American zipline I’ve seen or ridden, this rider has skis on his back.

Opened on Monday, February 17, the zip line soars some 800 feet above Val Thorens glacier, enabling riders to  reach speeds of more than 60 miles per hour. The ride doesn’t come cheap. It’s €50 (about $68). The line runs from the top of the Bouchet chairlift at Orelle to the top of the Funitel de Thorens, and adds ziplining to the resort’s other non-ski, non-snowboarding  winter options that already include France’s longest toboggan run, ice driving and something that translates to “karting,” whatever that might be.