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ZIP LINE ACTION - Ian Davis, Les3Vallees, France
Tuesday April 9, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

PlanetSKI is on high-octane adventure over a few days in Les3Vallees. Freeriding, the Enduro race and now zip lines.








It began with trying to get our aching muscles kick stared after the efforts of the Enduro Race:

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  • Enduro Action
  • And that was after a spot of freeriding the previous day.

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    We woke up to a fresh fall of snow, 5 to 10cm, and the sun was shining, which always helps urge you out onto the slopes.

    The conditions have been superb in recent days - warm sunny days with more snow.

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    The piste conditions have been amazing with some pockets of good off piste - all this in early April.

    For another adrenaline-fuelled day we skied to Val Thorens and over to the border of Orelle which is known as the 4th valley.

    First up is the Tyrolienne 1300m zip wire, 250m above the ground and travelling at up to 100 KM/H.

    There was plenty of banter at the top.

    But as soon as you are strapped in and ready to go it falls silent as you gaze across the valley at the journey that is about to unfold.

    As you are released on your ride the speed builds and the fear rises as the ground drops away, but you soon settle in and enjoy the views.

    Second up we skied to the Bee-flying double zip line, this is 1800m over 3 sections, two wires allow you to race your friends.

    It's a test to see who is the heaviest as that's the requirement for speed.

    Nervous energy was flowing as we strapped into our harnesses.

    You are instructed to hold on and, as you come to a stop, look up to the sky and straighten your arms.

    This is to stop you bumping your face on the straps as you come to a halt.

    Essentially, as you hurtle towards the stop point just look up and all will be ok.

    I wasn't convinced.

    The sensation of speed on the Bee - Line is greater as you fly across the pistes and restaurants above Val Thorens.

    The stopping is pretty abrupt but the buzz is amazing.

    Lunch was filled with recalling stories of our Zip Line adventures with plenty of laughs.

    This is what a skiing holiday is about; time with friends and family enjoying the mountains and having a good laugh recalling the exploits of the days activities.

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