Vail Mountain opens ‘slackline’ park
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain’s new “slackline” park opened last Friday at Adventure Ridge, at the top of the gondola at Eagle’s Nest.
The park was installed by Gibbon Slacklines, a Boulder-based company.
Participants balance on 2-inch-wide webbing. The new park is host to 10 slacklines ranging in length from 10 to 40 feet and offers three varieties of webbing to meet all ability levels.
All of the slacklines are less than a foot off the sand-covered ground, so it is safe and appropriate for all ages.
Slacklines are often used for training by skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers and gymnasts.
Vail had a soft opening to see the lines in action and “it has been wildly popular already,” says Alex Gentry, general manager of Vail’s Adventure Ridge. He noted that more people have used the park in the past two weeks than used the volleyball courts it replaced in three years.
The park is a free activity included in the gondola fee and remain open through Labor Day weekend.
Kidsport in Vail Village even offers a demo line for customers to try right in the store.
Gibbon anticipates many other resorts to follow suit and have current plans with Aspen Snowmass and Whitetail Resort in Pennsylvania for similar installations. The company hopes partner with playgrounds and amusement parks.
Gibbon Slacklines are available locally at Kidsport, Gorsuch and Alpine Quest stores. For more information about Gibbon or slacklining, visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com.