Zippety Doo Dah! Zip Lines Coming to Yellowstone Country
On occasion, I feel the need for speed.
When I want an adrenaline rush in the winter, I usually head over to Sleeping Giant Ski Area just west of downtown Cody and ski the intermediate runs. My favorite ski run is Red Star because it is parallel to the ski area boundary and I get some great views of the mountains and valley below.
In the summer, at least these days, it’s not quite as easy for me to get my speed fix. I used to achieve some serious speed when I was a barrel racer at the Cody Nite Rodeo, but those days are long over. When I watch those beautiful young cowgirls with their hair trailing in the wind steering their horses around the barrels with incredible finesse, I can still remember the sheer joy of the race. And I can remember how it felt to win.
So I was super excited to hear that Sleeping Giant Ski Area is building new dual zip lines which will have fabulous views. And the best part, at least for this former competitor, is that you can race your friends on each zip because the Canadian company that built the course constructed side-by-side lines for all five zips.
I am planning to be one of the first people to try out the new zip line when it opens June 20, and I’m hoping I can get some of my friends to join me in a little zip line competition. I’d like nothing more than to beat the socks off a certain cowboy musician. Yeah…he may be fast with his pickin’ fingers and he may melt hearts whenever he sings “Cool Water,” but those skills won’t help him much on the zip line. If he wants to beat me he’s going to need a whole lot of core strength and lady luck, because I’m going to train throughout the winter. Crunches, lunges, running, you name it. I might have to even cut back on my trips to the Meeteetse Chocolatier.
Want to see what the folks at Sleeping Giant Ski Area are building? They posted some great videos on the Sleeping Giant Ski Area Facebook page. Be sure to give it a “like” and let them know you heard about it from Corrie N. Cody.
Until next time, I’m lovin’ life and humming a happy tune here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.