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The World’s Highest Zip-Line Crosses The French Alps In A Matter Of Seconds

The World’s Highest Zip-Line Crosses The French Alps In A Matter Of Seconds

La Tyrolienne zip-line, Val Thorens, France

If you’re skipping the Aussie summer in favour of carving up the powder on Europe’s peaks, consider heading to France’s Val Thorens – it’s long claimed the title of world’s best ski resort and, now, it’s home to the world’s highest zip-line.

La Tyrolienne sits at an altitude of 3230m and is a dream for daredevils and skiers who hate slow lift lines alike. Stretching 1.3km long, connecting Val Thorens Crest at the top of Thorens Funitel to the nearby Orelle ski resort.

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At its highest point, it’s about 250m above the ground and can transport riders from one end to the other in a swift 1 minute and 45 seconds. And, somehow, the folks over at Val Thorens have managed to make it sound like a totally comfortable ride:

“Suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces.”

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Aside from being brave, visitors need to be skiers or snowboarders to ride and aged between eight and 88 years. One-way trips on La Tyrolienne cost $75 per person, and tickets can be purchased on site.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Lyon Airport
  • Drive 2 hours, 40 minutes via the A43
  • Val Thorens, 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France
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