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.[media_embed]https://youtu.be/lwqWC4snkeg[/media_embed]
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.”
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
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.