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Blue Streak Zip Line at Heavenly

Adventure Peak - Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe, California | 800-HEAVENLY
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Type: Sports and Nature & Gardens
Ages: Ages 10 — adult
Cost: $$$
Hours of operation: 11am to 4pm daily

Weight and Height Requirements:  
Minimum - 75 lbs and 52 inches tall  
Maximum - 275 lbs and 80 inches tall  
# Tickets are available to purchase at the Gondola Base ticket office, or the Adventure Peak sales shack, across from Tamarack chair, starting at 10:00am.

3 Reviews for Blue Streak Zip Line at Heavenly

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December 23 2010
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"Heavenly Flyer"

I am afraid of heights. Very very afraid, so when my uncle asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on the Heavenly Flyer I was a bit, lets say, hesitant. On the one hand I'd get to fly through the air at 50 mph hanging from nothing but a metal wire, so cool. On the other hand I would be flying through the air at 50 mph hanging from NOTHING but a metal wire.

Once I'd talked myself into going we went up to tahoe and took an amazingly beautiful ride up the gondola. Then we got on a chairlift and went even higher. At the top my fear came back. You look down on an amazing view from an amazingly high vantage point. They strap you into a harness and you can feel that a little, seemingly insecure, gate is all thats keeping you from plummeting to your death. The gate opened and I felt hysteria coming on and then... I was fine. 50 mph isn't as fast as you'd think, the harness was incredibly secure, and the views on all sides really were amazing.

So this is perfect right? Not quite. The ride on the zipline only lasts 80 oh so short seconds from top to bottom. The ride up the the zipline costs $40 and the ride up the gondola to the Flyer is $30. While I thought the ride was amazing I'm not sure if I'd be willing to pay that much for it. However, if you've got money to spare this is an awesome experience.

*This review is based on a complimentary adventure with Heavenly Ski Resort.  I received no other compensation besides this tour and the owner did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.

December 23 2010
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"Fun for 80 seconds"

This was my first zip line ride, and my niece and I had a blast.  I thought I would be scared, but the zip line looks very solid and secure and the harness is so large that I felt as comfortable as if  I were sitting in a cushioned arm chair rather than hanging from a metal cable.  There were a couple of older gray haired ladies riding the zip line in front of us which made us feel even more at ease. We were told that we would be moving 50 miles per hour along the longest zip line in the area, and it did feel fast; however, I guess 50 miles per hour sounds faster than it feels.  The view of Lake Tahoe was great, the ride was fun, and it was nice to be on the top of the mountain in summer.  Unfortunately, it's a little pricey.  To take the zip line, you need to pay to ride the gondola from Stateline to the top of the mountain ($30), then you pay an additional $40 for the 80 second ride.  I don't think Heavenly will lower the price any time soon.  The day we rode it, the Flyer was sold out.  It is fun, though, so if you have some money to burn and weigh over 75 pounds, consider riding the Heavenly Flyer.

*This review is based on a complimentary adventure with Heavenly Ski Resort.  I received no other compensation besides this tour and the owner did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.

December 23 2010
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"zzzzzzzzinging zuper time"

From the first time I heard about the Heavenly Flyer a couple of years ago, I've had it on my to-do list.  How can any wanna be dare devil mom resist the experience of flying down the longest zip line in the US at 50 m/hr?   I dare say, with two boys...I've got to earn some respect!

Even if you aren't skiing, you can ride the Heavenly Flyer in the winter or summer time.  But one of the fun things about this experience is that it really is 3 rides rolled into one.  The first ride begins at the base of the Heavenly Gondola which you must ride to get up to Adventure Peak.  We have taken the Gondola in the winter before, but this time round was our first time to ride it during the summer and I must say it felt like a totally different ride.  The views of Lake Tahoe without snow capped mountains was dramatically different.  However, it was just as breath-taking with sweeping vistas from every angle.  On hot summer days, the cable cars aren't air-conditioned, so it can feel a little stuffy, so be sure to take a little break and stop mid-way at the viewing platform.  You might like to bring a snack to enjoy at one of the picnic tables.  Our 3 and 6 year old's simply loved oogling at how high up they were.

When we got to the top of the Gondola, we were able to leave grandma with the boys who were too young to ride the Heavenly Flyer.  They hung out at the top of the Gondola while we continued on.  I was happy that there was a cafe at the top of the Gondola that was serving food and drinks as well as a large bouncy slide ($10/30 min) to keep little ones busy if they get restless waiting. There wasn't too much shade from the intense sun.  So, don't forget the sunblock like we did and bring a hat and sunglasses for everyone.  Fortunately, the kids didn't have to wait too long for mom and dad, I think we were done with our rides within 30 minutes max. If you have kids under 75lbs, you'll have to bring along someone who can watch the kids or schedule mom and dad at two different times that are about 30 to 40 minutes apart. Unfortunately, there isn't childcare available at the top of the Gondola.  Something that would have been a huge bonus.

...Zzzzzzing.......what was that?  Oh phew!  It wasn't a giant bee.  It was two flyers whizzing by and coming in for their landing...

Ride number 2 - we headed onto the Tamarack Express Chairlift to get to the starting platform.  This second ride was fascinating because it offered us a bird's eye view of everything that normally lies buried under the snow during the winter ski season.  At the top of the Heavenly Flyer, we got off and as I turned around, I gasped at the view before us.  We could see both  California and Nevada at the same time.  The deep blue of Lake Tahoe contrasted sharply with the dry and arid valley on the Nevada side of the mountains. Wow!  We sure were high up and the zipline sure was suspended far above ground.  The anticipation was exhilarating!  I was very comforted to see that the harness looked very comfortable and secure.  A good thing when you're about to fly down the mountain at break neck speed attached to nothing by a cable.

When our turns came up, I got strapped in. This was the first time, that I really felt apprehensive, but in a good way.   My knees were pressed right up against the gate. I could feel the tension of the the zip line pulling me downwards.  I was nervous to have nol control over my precarious perch.  But before I could even hesitate, the gates flew open and I started sliding.  It was slow for a nano second before the speed picked up.  

The landing was a huge rush and the ride was nothing short of thrilling.  My one complaint - it was over way too soon.   I wanted to head right back up the Tamarack Express, shouting "again! again!"   Alas, the Heavenly Flyer is almost always fully booked.  Besides at $40 a flight, one trip would have to do.

The Heavenly Flyer is such a fun experience even if you're a little afraid of heights. Tweens and teens will simply love it if they are looking for a healthy dose of adrenaline.

*This review is based on a complimentary adventure with Heavenly Ski Resort.  I received no other compensation besides this tour and the owner did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.

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