Explore Whistler | Zipline Edition
People flock from far and wide to marvel at the jaw-droping beautiful scenery of British Columbia. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with its towering snow-capped mountains, rumbling white-water rivers and vast old-growth forests.
One of our favourite ways to admire the rugged wilderness of British Columbia is from the sky. Zipline in Whistler, fly high above the valley and lap in the panoramic views of BC’s beautiful Coast Mountains. On this three-hour round-trip tour, you will soar down four lines up to 600 feet above the forest floor and at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. This scenic excursion is sure to get your blood pumping.
Top 5 Reasons to Zipline in Whistler
- An Unforgettable Adrenaline Rush
Given the option of a superpower, being able to fly is up there with one of the most common answers. With Superfly Ziplines you can enjoy the sensation of flying in revolutionary harnesses that create unparalleled safety and comfort. Soaring through the air at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour might just be one of the most exhilarating experiences you can partake in here in Whistler.
- Awesome At Any Time Of Year
You can zipline in Whistler all 12 months of the year. If you’re visiting in winter, wrap up warm and soar over the frozen rivers and snow-dusted forests. If you’re in town in the summer months strap in and fly like a bird over the lush green coastal rainforests. Fall, when the leaves turn to glistening orange and red hues, is also a spectacular time to try this activity.
- Appreciate Whistler’s Beauty From The Sky
Most people choose to explore this landscape on the ground, by hiking, biking, skiing or snowboarding, but why not witness it in a totally different way? There are few better ways to admire the natural beauty of BC’s Coast Mountains than from the air. Whiz high above the forest floor and marvel at the indescribable aerial views. Check out our guide for other great ways to see Whistler from the sky.
- No Experience Necessary
On a Superfly Zipline tour, the experienced local guides will take care of everything, from giving you a safety demo and ensuring that you are securely strapped into your harness to informing you about the natural landscape. If you’re feeling a little uneasy at the prospect of dangling from a harness, 600 feet above the ground, your guide will be there to reassure you. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride of your life.
- An Experience To Share
Share the ride with family and friends on Superfly’s side-by-side lines. All of the four lines are tandem so two of you can zip down at the same time, each on your own cable. And on the final zipline, you can even hold hands with your soaring partner if you so desire! This activity can be enjoyed by the whole family, as long as your youngest is at least seven years old and weighs 60 pounds (they also have a maximum limit of 250 pounds).
What to Expect Ziplining in Whistler
At Superfly Ziplines they keep it simple and do it well. They offer one tour, consisting of four ziplines connected by a network of boardwalks. The round-trip tour takes approximately three hours. In the high season of summer, Superfly runs their zipline tour every 30 minutes from 9 am to 7 pm. In winter, they run every hour from 9 am to 4 pm.
We’ve laid out the basics in a handy rundown to give you an idea of exactly what to expect on your zipline tour.
Zipline Tour Breakdown
- Arrive at any one of the four check-in locations in town 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Superfly is part of The Adventure Group and they have two locations in the centre of Whistler Village (both a short walk from the base of the mountain), one office located in The Fairmont Hotel in the Upper Village, and a check-in location at The Four Seasons Hotel.
- You will be asked to sign a legal waiver, get weighed to ensure you’re within the 60-250 pound limit, and pay if you haven’t done so beforehand. It’s imperative to arrive on time because each tour will run to schedule and latecomers will not be waited for!
- Once the paperwork is out of the way, you’ll be led to a complimentary shuttle bus that will take you to Superfly’s base camp at Cougar Mountain. Enjoy the views of beautiful Green Lake on this 12-minute journey north of the village!
- Hop off the bus and you’ll be greeted by your guides. They’ll get you kitted up with your harness and helmet and give you a short safety demo. You’ve got the gear, had the low-down, now you’re ready to head up to the first zipline!
- Before you put on your zipline helmet, you’ll be asked to put on a full-face helmet and jump in a 4×4 off-road vehicle, which will take you to the summit of your adventure. Your driver will navigate 10 minutes up the logging roads and drop you and your guides at the first zipline, Z1.
- Each of the four ziplines is connected via short boardwalks. Between each line, you will follow the trails for about two minutes through the trees, where you can take in the sweeping views of the valley. At the end of Base Jumper, the fourth and final zipline, you will find yourself back where you started, at base camp.
- Take a breath, return your equipment and give your friends a post-zip high five. If you’ve had a whale of a time and are happy to be back on solid ground in one piece, show your appreciation to your guides with a tip! Then jump back on the shuttle bus back to Whistler Village!
Summer Whistler Zipline Price
- Adult Price: $159.99
- Child Price: $109.99 (7-12 years old)
Our top tip to save a couple of bucks is to book onto a ‘twilight’ tour departing between 4 pm and 7 pm and fly for $129.99 per adult or $109.99 per child. These tours are exactly the same as earlier ones in the day!
Note the twilight pricing blackout dates: June 28 – July 1, August 2 – August 5, August 30 – September 2.
Winter Whistler Zipline Price
- Adult Price: $129.99
- Child Price: $109.99 (7-12 years old)
- Twilight Price (3 pm & 4 pm tours only): $109.99 per adult (blackout dates: December 21 – January 6, February 15 – February 18, March 15 – March 24).
What To Bring
- Closed-toed shoes are a must (or warm boots in water). Other than that, you’re welcome to wear what you feel comfortable in. Go for shorts or leggings with a t-shirt in summer (avoid skirts for obvious reasons!), and in winter dress as if you were going up the hill.
- Ziplining in winter can be very cold. Unless you’re on a private tour, or lucky enough not to have anyone else book on at the same time as you, you’ll be waiting for all members of your group to complete each zipline, so be prepared and wrap up in warm, waterproof layers. If you happen to forget any gear, you can borrow waterproof gear, goggles, and boots when you arrive at base camp.
- When you’re flying through the air at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, your eyes are going to water! Bring sunglasses in summer or goggles in winter to stop this, or you can borrow some clear glasses when you arrive at base camp.
- Bringing a camera to capture the spectacular scenery is an absolute must! Be sure to bring a wrist strap too. If you trust your steady grip, you’re welcome to bring your phone to snap the views when zooming through the air (you’ll have a Velcro pocket on the back of your harness to keep it safe when you’re not taking photos).
- If you’re not too keen on the possibility of seeing your precious device falling 600 feet to the valley floor below, bring a GoPro (or rent one from The Adventure Group) and clip it onto your helmet (they all have the mounts). Alternatively, let the pros take charge! Professional photographers will be there along the way to capture every moment. View the photos back at base camp at the end of the tour and purchase the ones you like.
- During the hot summer months pesky bugs can be a nuisance out in the forests of Cougar Mountain. Bring some mosquito spray to keep them from bothering you during your adventure.
Only lightning storms will stop your tour from departing, so check the weather before booking if you don’t want to zip in the drizzle. Bear in mind that the Adventure Group have a strict 24-hour cancellation policy, so once you’re within it you can’t make any changes or cancellations.
Zipline for the Entire Family – Try the Treetop Adventure
If your zipline tour has given you a taste for thrill, then why not try The Adventure Group’s Treetop Adventure Course? Follow this aerial tree course through the forests of Cougar Mountain and attempt to make it through all 70 obstacles, which progress in difficulty as you move through them. From Tarzan robes and balance boards to spinning balls and mini-ziplines, this course is a workout and you’ll get a sweat on for sure! Feel like a kid again and test those balance skills.
Unlike ziplining, which is open year-round, the Treetop Adventure Course operates only in the summer. This is a great one for the whole family. If everyone in your party can reach 180 cm / 5’ 11” you can all participate in the Full Course:
- Duration: 3 – 4 hours (round trip)
- Departure: Every 30 minutes from 9 am to 5 pm
- Price: $69.99
- Twilight Price (4pm – 5pm tours only): $59.99
- Twilight pricing blackout dates: June 28 – July 1, August 2 – August 5, August 30 – September 2
If you’ve got some younger ones in your group, book them onto the Kids Course. This course is designed specifically for kids aged seven to 13:
- Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours (round trip)
- Departure: Every hour from 9 am to 5 pm
- Price: $39.99
Superfly Ziplines and the Treetop Adventure Course both depart from The Adventure Group’s base camp at Cougar Mountain, so if you’re feeling adventurous opt for the Fly & Climb Combo (prices from $209.99) and partake in both activities!
Let the forces of gravity take you on an adrenaline-filled adventure with Superfly Ziplines. Swoop and soar down four spectacular lines and try to take in the beauty of the area in between your yelps of nervous excitement. Zipline in Whistler to appreciate British Columbia from a totally unique perspective.