Vail’s zipline stalls due to operational problems

Melanie Wong
Ethan Carmack, 16, left, and his sister Eliza, 10, center, and another unidentified rider take a run on Adventure Ridge's new zipline on Aug. 10. The attraction closed shortly after opening because of operational difficulties, and officials said they aim for it to reopen by winter season.
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VAIL — Shortly after unveiling Adventure Ridge’s brand-new, 1,200-foot zipline, Vail Mountain closed the on-hill attraction until further notice.

“There were problems with the trolleys and the gear-retrieval system,” said Sara Lococo, of Vail Mountain communications, referring to the metal device that connects riders to the cable and the system for getting the trolleys back to the top of the line. “They weren’t allowing the zipline to operate consistently, and we’re working with the manufacturers so it can be returned to operation.”

The zipline has been closed since late August, and mountain officials said they are not sure if it will reopen before the end of the fall season. Currently, Adventure Ridge, including its two new ropes courses, is open on weekends through the end of the month.

The mountain does plan to have the attraction up and running by wintertime, when zipliners can enjoy snowy views and a cold rush.

“We’re looking to reopen it when it’s ready,” Lococo said. “It’s currently set to run during the winter.”

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