Keeping up to Speed: First Time Ziplining? We Answer Your Questions

August 17, 2017
Ziplining is the latest attraction at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Ziplining is the latest attraction at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

As it gains in popularity, no doubt you've seen plenty of videos on youtube and Facebook of people enjoying some high-flying ziplines! But if you haven't tried it yet, it's understandable to be a little nervous. With tons of satisfied customers who have embarked on their own ziplining journey at Mineral Mountain Ziplines, there are still those out there who are still gathering up the courage to give it a try.

Let us ease some of your fears by answering some of your questions before you book your first adrenaline zipline ride.


1. Is the zipline safe?

The simple answer to that is: Yes! Although it’s one of the most fun things to do in beautiful British Columbia, there are also strict safety precautions that must be followed before anyone is allowed to travel along our lines. They include:

  • Signing a waiver form
  • Undergoing a short safety orientation on site
  • Harness and helmet fitting and equipment checks
  • Experienced guides leading you at every step, launch, glide, and brake along the way


2. Are there any weight or age restrictions?

Although there is no age limit –– people from age five to 95 can try our East Kootenay zipline – the weight limit zip line requirement is between 50 and 265 pounds (22.68 kg and 120.20 kg). Although it may evoke the occasional groan, all guests need to weigh in before they hit the lines. This is done for your safety, but don’t worry all our staff are extremely discreet. In addition, anyone 19 and under will need their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.


3. What do I need to bring?

The less you bring the better, but please note that in the Columbia Valley and mountains, the weather can suddenly change, and so the proper attire is recommended. For the ultimate comfort and safety of our guests, we recommend they bring:

  • Closed-toe shoes such as sneakers. Leave the sandals, flip flops and Crocs in your suitcase or at home!
  • Long pants or shorts (short shorts are not recommended as you will be wearing a harness)
  • A T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt
  • Windbreaker or rain jacket
  • A hair elastic for those with long hair
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with a strap so they don’t go flying
  • If you’re bringing a smartphone or camera, we recommend you place it in a zipped up pocket or in a protector to wear around on your neck.


New to ziplining? Read our Frequently Asked Questions and visit our blog, 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit the Zipline.


Looking for things to do in the Kootenays? Then you have to visit Mineral Mountain Ziplines at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort! Our zipline will give you an adrenaline rush through six lines of various heights and distances, providing spectacular views of Columbia Lake, the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, natural hoodoos and old-growth forest.