I just took my two boys 10 and 12 for the Ponderosa zip line tour today. We found the experience to be fun, but way over-priced for what you get. Now we are active people. We ski and snowboard, we raft, we snowmobile, we ride off road go-karts, we hike, we rockclimb, and we mountainbike... so admittedly, it takes quite a "ride" to impress our sense of thrill. If you don't do those things, you may find that paying $25 ($150 total) for each of just 6, 10-15 second zips along steel cables between trees a good value. The website also doesn't tell you that the "2 hour" tour is one hour of waiting, and gearing up, and the ground course - essential info about zipping, then one hour of zipping just 6 lines. If you've been paying attention, that means that during the course most of what you do is wait for other people to zip. They take 10-12 people at a time with two guides so again, you spend most of your 1 hour (not 2hr) time on the course waiting, not zipping.
Furthermore, the website doesn't tell you about the 10 minute hike with 600-700 feet elevation gain you must make to get to the top of the course. They don't tell you when you call to reserve either. The hike was no problem for me and my boys, but there were some 4-5 year olds in our group and their parents ended up hauling them up part of the way. Personally, I think that for the price of the activity - they should be hauling people up with Grizzly ATVs or something.
A suggestion to those going - if you pay the extra $50, you'll get 6 extra big zips which converts your average cost per zip to $17 not $25. The bigger, longer zips may be 30 seconds long by my judgement. Still a hefty price for 30 seconds of entertainment.
Suggestions to the proprietor (if they actually read reviews about their business):
- Hire more people and have a launcher and a catcher on every platform, then allow people to zip continuously for their 2 (not 1) hours of activity. When they get to the bottom, they can hike back up (or take an ATV shuttle) and go again until their time period for zipping is up. By having launchers and catchers on every platform - waiting on platforms would be minimized and I would think people could get through the Ponderosa course probably 2-3 times in an hour increasing the value.
- Do something like above or decrease the price.
- Provide transportation to the top or decrease the price, and definitely tell people about the hike on your website and when they call for reservations.
- Tell people on your website that the "2 hour" tour is actually 1 hour of organizing and gearing up and hiking and 1 hour of navigating through just 6 short zips.
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