Written by J.L. Haler
Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to fly. Getting my pilot's license was something I dreamed of as a child, flying helicopters and soaring over the treetops like the birds. I don’t have my pilot's license but the thought of flying over the treetops on a zipline brought that same awe and excitement from my childhood forth.
The excitement in all of us was evident in our non-stop smiles as we waited to zoom across mountain peaks and over the treetops. There are different options at Whitefish and we selected the seven zipline option. First, we were fitted with harnesses and helmets. This is where I discovered that, apparently, I have a tiny head as all the adult sized helmets were way too large. I was given a youth helmet. We were then shuffled off to a room to watch a safety video showing us how to carry our equipment as well as the positions to hold our bodies in. Not so exciting, but an important part of the adventure.
Finally, we were off. The guides at the resort were kind, helpful, friendly, and had a great sense of humor. They started us off on a small zipline, low to the ground so everyone could practice their positions and ask any questions if needed. There was some hiking involved in-between zips but nothing too strenuous.
We were in a group with other families so had ample time to strike up conversations with each other as we waited for our turns. We met some wonderful people.
My favorite zip was the fourth one. At 1900’ long and 300’ up it was thrilling. Long enough have a chance to enjoy the view around you and high enough to have the thrill of flight. I finally had my chance to soar through the air like a bird, flying above the earth. And of course, since they sent two at a time, side-by-side, there was a bit of competition to see who could zoom the fastest.
There are requirements for weight, clothing, loose items, etc. So make sure to check out their website for the details.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.