Adventure

The World’s Highest Zip-Line Crosses The French Alps In A Matter Of Seconds

If you’re skipping the Aussie summer in favour of carving up the powder on Europe’s peaks, consider heading to France’s Val Thorens – it’s long claimed the title of world’s best ski resort and, now, it’s home to the world’s highest zip-line.

La Tyrolienne sits at an altitude of 3230m and is a dream for daredevils and skiers who hate slow lift lines alike. Stretching 1.3km long, connecting Val Thorens Crest at the top of Thorens Funitel to the nearby Orelle ski resort.

At its highest point, it’s about 250m above the ground and can transport riders from one end to the other in a swift 1 minute and 45 seconds. And, somehow, the folks over at Val Thorens have managed to make it sound like a totally comfortable ride:

“Suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces.”

Aside from being brave, visitors need to be skiers or snowboarders to ride and aged between eight and 88 years. One-way trips on La Tyrolienne cost $75 per person, and tickets can be purchased on site.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Lyon Airport
  • Drive 2 hours, 40 minutes via the A43
  • Val Thorens, 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France