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ZIP INTO ISCHGL - Katie Bamber
Monday December 19, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

Ischgl offers a new way to get your speed kicks with a zip wire where you can reach speeds of up to 85km/hr down the valley. The resort's slogan 'relax if you can' has never been more of a challenge.

Arriving at Mittelstation at 1,630m by gondola from the town centre, the SkyFly tower looks over the station and above the lift wires.

Ischgl's new zip opened during the summer and saw 300 people a day fly down the valley.

Even more are expected for winter.

To set this one aside from the rest, there are two wires so zippers can experience the ride together.

The initial fear and then the landing is definitely something to experience with someone else, though once soaring down the gap between two mountains it is quite a peaceful few moments.

Until you come in to land...

Coming to the end of the first zip wire and clocking the footprints on the landing pad you suddenly realise that the guy at the top hasn't told you how you, or it, will stop.

It's worth waiting around to see the expressions of those behind you realising exactly that.

SkyFlyThe high SkyFly start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before climbing the metal stairs at Mittelstation flyers have to go through the prep area, fill in some details and sign a 'contract', be weighed to get the right zipping fixture and strapped in to a harness.

It all helps builds the tension.

The SkyFly scalesThe SkyFly scales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contraptionThe contraption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The only thing that can go wrong is if you forget the colour of your zip [contraption]," said one member of the SkyFly team as I tried to leave with one not my own.

The zip wire has three legs.

The first is over the Kitzloch ravine starting at an altitude of 1,683m and travelling up to a speed of 74km/hour.

KonradBartelski.photographyThe scariest moment of the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(KonradBartelski.photography)

As is always the case, especially when it comes to heights, the anticipation (and actually reaching the wire) was most of the challenge.

Climbing up on to an edge to be hooked up to the wire and hanging, waiting for your zip buddy to be too, was for sure the most daunting part.

The second zip goes even faster and up to 84km an hour, travelling beneath the Kitzloch bridge and the Fimbabahn.

The valleyThe valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This middle leg was the most relaxing and you could really take in just how much ground you cover.

SkyFlySkyFly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkyFlyKonradBartelski.photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkyFlyTwo zippers zipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last part of the zip experience was for me the best, passing through trees and over snow cannons down into the town.

You can really get a feeling of just how fast the SkyFly goes.

Flying over Piste 1a, the 30-second journey ends with a slam on the brake, rocking onto the roof of the 3-S Pardatschgratbahn valley station at 1,376m.

SKYFLYThe SkyFly route

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In hindsight, and probably on purpose, the friendly SkyFly staff don't tell you much about the ride and all obvious questions - like how to stop, where to lean, how does it start - are lost with the prospect of what's about to happen.

The cost is €39 and the whole process probably takes more than an hour.

It's a good alternative to skiing to get a speed thrill.

Val Thorens boasts Europe's highest zipwire at an altitude of over 3,000m. It's also possible to ski resort zip in La Plagne and further afield in Whistler and all over North America.

Ischgl's tag line, 'Relax if you can' has never been more of a challenge...

See how PlanetSKI's reporter Katie Bamber did here on the SkyFly, from what was she able to capture during the high-speed zip:

The the video from our friends over at Inghams:

To read more about the resort (and its famous parties), you can see what PlanetSKI has written previously here.

Even on its new rule of banning ski boots after 8pm, in one of the world's wildest après resorts.

FACTBOX

Travel to Ischgl with Inghams and stay at the 4* Hotel Seiblishof for 7 nights on a half-board basis from £879pp, including return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers.

To book visit the website here.

Visit the resort websites for Ischgl and Galtür.

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