Be Weather-ready for Spring Ziplining in Fairmont Hot Springs

April 20, 2018
Unlike in summer, when you can get away with shorts and t-shirt, it’s a good idea to wear a good outer shell for springtime ziplining.

Unlike in summer, when you can get away with shorts and t-shirt, it’s a good idea to wear a good outer shell for springtime ziplining.

Are you ready for spring? Flowers are blooming, the sun is peeking out from the cloudy sky... Perfect time to start an adventure!

Of course, springtime also means we can encounter unpredictable weather in our neck of the woods. Our zipline course is located in the Columbia Valley at more than 1,000 meters above sea level. It can sometimes be 5 degrees cooler on the zipline course than in the valley bottom.

We’re also flanked by the Purcell Mountains to the west and Rocky Mountains to the east. In other words, visitors should be prepared for changeable weather and lots of spectacular views.


Our Favourite Time of Year

Despite the potential for cooler, damper weather, springtime is actually our favourite time of year for zipline adventures for a number of reasons: 

  • Guides are fresh and raring to go for a brand new season
  • Surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges are breathtaking
  • Nearby creeks are swollen and noisy with spring runoff
  • New plant life is full of vigour

You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good time whenever you go ziplining, but when you add in these spring nuances, it makes for an extra special experience.


Time of Day

As you’d expect, morning and late afternoon are typically the coolest parts of the day to go ziplining in the Kootenays. These morning and afternoon tours are always fun because they are peaceful with fewer people around. For the warmest possible conditions, you might want to plan for a midday zipline tour. Just make sure you book in advance to secure your preferred time slot.


Be Prepared

As the Scouts like to say: Be prepared (to go ziplining!). As mentioned, the local weather patterns here can change in a hurry. One minute you could be basking in the midday sun and the next you’re running for cover to avoid an impromptu downpour.

That’s why it’s a good idea to wear a good shell jacket for ziplining. Gloves are also a good idea if your hands tend to get cold!

There’s minimal walking involved with our zipline course. That said, it’s advisable that you wear sturdy footwear at this time of year.


Warm up with a Dip

Don’t forget that just down the hill from our ziplining area is the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. If you’re a little chilly after being out on the course, or you just want to relax, try a nice relaxing soak in their naturally heated mineral pools (ticket sold separately).

For more information about ziplining in the East Kootenay, read: 3 Things to Know Before You Visit the Zipline.


If you’re looking for fun things to do in the Kootenays, check out Mineral Mountain Zipline. We’re located right above Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Call us at 1-844-888-6695 to make a booking.