While looking to expand its seasonal operations with a new zip-line course, Hidden Valley General Manager Greg Gavrilets says the resort in Wildwood, Missouri, wanted to bring something unique to the area.
“Each one of our four spans will have cables that run side by side, so you can share the experience with someone else,” said Gavrilets. “We have a similar setup at some of our Northeast properties and find it means more thrills and less standing around for the guests, since you can double your line capacity.”
In addition, a patented cable trolley system will allow users to stop at any point in the middle of zipping along a span, take in the views, and then start again. “The lines are tensioned to high pressure and always slanted downhill,” explained Gavrilets.
The ZipTour will feature four spans that let participants experience the entire property and take the main chairlift twice. Spectators will also be able to take the lift and enjoy the views from the top of the hill.
“On a clear day, you can see downtown St. Louis and the Arch,” said Gavrilets. “We’ll have picnic lunches for purchase, for people to take with them to the top of the lift. Our café will offer a seasonal menu, and our bar will be open as well.”
Hidden Valley’s expansion from skiing, riding, and tubing to zip lining will allow it to remain open year-round. Construction is well under way, and Gavrilets projects that the new attraction will be open in late May.