ZipRider®
Icy Strait Point, Alaska

For days/hours of operation and pricing please email Icy Strait Point directly at info@icystraitpoint.com.

Stats:

  • Length: 5,495 feet long
  • Vertical Drop: 1,320 feet
  • Average % grade: 25%
  • Top Speed: 65 mph
  • Cables: 6 side by side
Biggest Day: 502 riders (This was a $67,000 day!)


Average Day: 180-200 Riders


Approximate total riders in 2014: 13,000 (over ~50 cruise ship call days)
 Gross Revenue $1,560,000 !!

  • Our top tower chief personally has over 1,000 rides on the ZipRider® so far. That's over 1,000 miles of riding on cable; over 90,000 seconds, or 1,500 minutes, or 25 hours of riding cables!!

  • We've had several wedding proposals at the top of the ZipRider® before the ride, and several proposals immediately after the ride at the bottom.
  • We have had several riders of 90+ years of age.
- Tons of repeat riders (riders that came all the way back to Icy Strait Point to ride the monster again)


“The ZipRider®, to me, is more than just a 90 second thrill ride. Just getting to the top is an adventure. You'll most likely see whales and other marine life on the first part of the drive, and then you get the privilege to take a look into the deep forested Alaska...where the mighty coastal brown bears dwell. Never is it guaranteed to see bears or any wildlife on the drive up, but the possibilities are there, which adds to the allure of the ride. Now onto the ride, I've personally ridden the ride 500 plus times and I can say I always find something that grips my attention and leaves me wanting to find the first person I see and recreate in words what I have just experienced.

The ZipRider® has continued to be a huge attraction at Icy Strait Point. There are a large number of guests each ship day that come here just for the ZipRider®. And yes, most of the riders that ride our ZipRider® for the first time are completely blown away. There are people at the top, waiting to ride, that are so terrified you'd think their worst nightmare came true, but with a few encouraging words from our playful, easy going crew they usually take the flight. Then, after the ride, the amazement is well defined in their body language AND their use of certain profanities. But it most likely ends with a big hug from family members signifying the completion of a major event or milestone in one's life. It's pretty neat to witness.”

~ Donald Dybdahl, Icy Strait Point ZipRider® Ride Supervisor

Welcome to the world’s longest zip line ride! Unlike anything you've seen before, the ZipRider® zip line ride at Icy Strait Point is truly a once in a lifetime experience! The whole experience begins at Icy Strait Point where customers depart in the tour van and drive through the town of Hoonah. Customers are then driven 6 miles up the mountain to the top station of the ZipRider®. From here the cruise ship looks like a toy boat on the water. The view is absolutely spectacular! When the gates open, riders accelerate out and over a cliff and come as close to a pure flying experience as humanly possible. In front of you lies the panoramic view of Port Frederick and surrounding islands, racing 300 feet beneath you is the dense forest canopy, and Icy Strait Point grows larger and larger as you near the bottom. The typical ride takes 1 ½ minutes and concludes on the beach at Icy Strait. The typical comment from each customer when they reach the bottom is “That was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Icy Strait Point proudly claims that their ZipRider offers “an experience of a lifetime.”

Icy Strait Point is a cruise line port of call, located on the Chichagof Island, 1.5 miles away from the town of Hoonah, Alaska. Chichagof Island is located 50 miles west of Juneau. The Icy Strait Point ZipRider® opened in May of 2007 and has been the anchor attraction for Icy Strait Point ever since. People come from all over the country and world to experience the world renowned Icy Strait Point ZipRider® adventure and adrenaline rush!

It is strongly recommended that ZipRider reservations be made through the cruise line you will be traveling to Icy Strait Point with. If you are planning to visit Icy Strait Point on your own, please visit http://www.icystraitpoint.com/Book/LocalAccess to determine which days the ZipRider will be operating and to contact the site directly to make your reservations. You may also email “info at icystraitpoint dot com”

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