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Zipline tour opens at Okemo

Okemo Mountain Resort's Tim and Diane Mueller made a grand entrance for the grand opening of the Resort's new Sawyer's Sweep Zipline Tour on July 12. To celebrate the new Adventure Zone attraction, the Muellers donned helmets and harnesses and, while suspended from a 750-foot-long cable, soared to the final landing platform 50 feet above a gathering of 150 Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce members who experienced the Adventure Zone for the afternoon as Tim and Diane's guests.

The Sawyer's Sweep Zipline Tour is a high-flying, treetop excursion located on the mountain behind Okemo's Jackson Gore Inn. The two-and-a-half-hour tour features seven ziplines, three rappels and two suspension bridges. Groups of up to eight people, accompanied by two expert guides, start with 30 minutes of Ground School. Each guest is fitted with a helmet and harness, and becomes acquainted with safety procedures and instructions for riding the ziplines. Participants must be at least 10 years old and must weigh between 80 and 250 pounds.

Sawyer's Sweep Zipline Tours are offered daily throughout the summer and are available by reservation only. Winter tours will be offered as well. Tours are priced at $89 per person, $59 per person for guests of Okemo Mountain Resort lodging or $60 as an add-on to the purchase of an Okemo Adventure Zone Day Pass. Zipline tours may be reserved by calling (802) 228-1600. More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by visiting www.okemo.com

Also new to Okemo's Adventure Zone this summer, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag is a giant inflatable pillow, similar to those used by Hollywood-movie stuntmen. Introduced in January as an on-mountain feature for skiers and snowboarders, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag is 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. Jumpers climb a staircase and leap from a platform 30 feet above the ground. Jumps are $5 each or three for $10. A release of liability must be signed by the user or a parent or guardian prior to use.

Okemo's Adventure Zone made its debut last summer with The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Lumberin' Cal Mini Golf, The Stump Jumper Trampoline Bungee Jump, The Maples Disc Golf Course, Twiggy's Snack Bar and The Ripper Arcade and Gift Shop.  Segway Personal Transport tours and a rock-climbing pinnacle have been added to the Adventure Zone lineup this year.

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