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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine 10 years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: January 7, 2014

Winter zipline tours at Sunday River & Sugarloaf

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Tarzan did it. Now you can, too. Fly through the trees with the savvy of someone raised by apes during a winter zipline tour at Sunday River or Sugarloaf. The safety harness will keep you safe, and yes, you can belt out your best Tarzan yell as you glide from tree to tree. We won’t judge.

Sunday River’s zipline tours in Newry fly riders through the Maine woods as they cross back and forth over a deep ravine and stream bed on the six lines of the course. Lines range from 100 to 300 feet and reach speeds fo 25 miles per hour. That’s significantly faster than most of us normally move. And before riders return to the world of pedestrians, they’ll take on the 750-foot twin ziplines. Race a friend or go the whole way upside down. (The twin ziplines can be done without taking the full tour.)

Zipline tours at Sunday River depart at 1 p.m. on Saturdays through March 29, plus holidays (January 19 to 20 and February 16 to 23) and last 1 to 2 hours. The tour costs $59 or $49 with a valid lift ticket or season pass and reservations are highly recommended. Call 800-543-2754 for more information or to reserve a spot.

At Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, the zipline tour features seven lines reaching up to 260 feet. Riders will zip over Gondi Brook and across the former path of the Sugarloaf Gondola. Tours here last about an hour and depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through April 6. The tour costs $39 and reservations are encouraged. For more information call 800-843-5623.

FMI: Sunday River winter zipline tours

FMI: Sugarloaf winter zipline tours

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