Winter zip line tours available by reservation! Flying nearly 40′ feet above the ground on a zip line may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “winter”, but don’t rule it out! I work at an adventure company that offers winter zip lining, which means that on any given day I might get a call from someone interested in zip lining even though it’s snowing and 20 degrees outside! It’s my job to take them and I’m happy to do so because if they’re willing to head outdoors for an hour in the cold, then by-golly so am I!
When we get people who are want to zip in the cold, we have to spend the first ten minutes of their experience stuffing giant winter jackets into harnesses and figuring out how to work around the extra inches of padding. After helmets and gear are tucked in place, we start our ascent only to find out how hard it is to climb a few stairs in snow pants and a snow jacket with the extra padding and weight! Once we’re at the top with eyes watering, lips frozen into a smile, and hands un-moving in a death-grip around their lanyard, participants immediately rejoice in their awesome decision to go zip lining in winter. It’s an incredible, memorable adventure that not many people are willing to brave in Wisconsin’s extreme cold.
The second zip is the fastest, and also the most scenic. Flying through the 750 foot long zip, participants try to get a view of the wetland as they pass over. In the spring there are often fawn laying in the grass, but this time of year you’re greeted by the lovely chickadees!
Taking a few steps up, participants complete the last zip in the winter wonderland, reach the ground, take off all of the gear. Abundant thank yous are shouted as everyone rushes to get inside to warm up their rosy faces, watering eyes, and cold fingers. Once all of the adventure gear is put away I take a seat at my desk with a cup of steaming hot cocoa. I look out the big, front window and watch the adventurers drive away, smiles still frozen in place. I sure do love my job, even in the winter!
Sincerely – your favorite winter zip line guide!