One of the most fun things to do in Whistler is to go ziplining, and a great place to do it is with Superfly Ziplines. When we went we had such a blast!
Superfly Ziplines in Whistler
Located about 10 km from Whistler Village, Superfly Ziplines is the perfect activity for adrenaline junkies and semi-cautious folk alike. Tours run year-round, rain or shine, and they are a great way to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Whistler’s backcountry.
The zipline tours at Superfly include rides on four lines that zigzag back and forth between Cougar Mountain and Rainbow Mountain.
Superfly Ziplines is owned and operated by The Adventure Group (TAG) Whistler. TAG Whistler runs several activities in and around Whistler in both the summer and winter months. Some of their most popular activities other than the ziplines include Vallea Lumina, Treetop Adventure, snowshoe tours, snowmobile tours and white water rafting.
Where are Whistler’s Ziplines?
Superfly Ziplines is located at The Adventure Group’s home base in Whistler called Cougar Mountain Basecamp. It can be found at the end of Cougar Mountain Road, just a 10-minute drive from Whistler.
Cougar Mountain Basecamp is also home to The Adventure Group’s other Whistler activities including Vallea Lumina, Whistler Treetop Adventure and white water rafting.
The Ziplining Tour
Superfly Ziplines usually runs 6 zipline tours every day. The first departure is at 9:00 am, followed by 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, with the last departure at 4:00 pm. (Note: Exact times may vary.)
The tour at Superfly Ziplines takes about 3 hours overall. It starts with a 10 to 15-minute safety demonstration followed by a 4×4 ride on a forest service road up Rainbow Mountain to the beginning of the first zipline.
The ziplines are all connected by boardwalks and beautiful trails through the forest. The lines are all very close together. The longest walk between the end of one segment and the start of the next takes about 3 minutes.
The first zipline at Superfly is the highest and one of the longest. The height can be intimidating, but the view can’t be beat! The second zipline is quite similar to the first but slightly longer (i.e., 1.3 kilometres long instead of 1.2).
Superfly’s third zipline is arguably their most adrenaline-inducing one. It’s the steepest zipline on the tour, with guests able to reach speeds of up to 100 km per hour! Despite the fact that one of the guests in our group was scared of heights, we all found this segment to be the most fun!
The last zipline at Superfly is the tandem one. It is the shortest and slowest zipline; however, it’s fun because guests can hold hands while going down (which is especially nice for kids and couples). This zipline conveniently runs all the way back down to Basecamp so there’s no more walking at the end.
Superfly Ziplines is very accommodating of people with fears of heights. We visited with a friend who was a little nervous and the staff were there to assist the whole time. If necessary, visitors can also take the 4×4 back down the mountain (but then you do miss out on the rest of the zipline tour).
Price and Packages
Prices vary depending on the season at Superfly Ziplines (and they are also subject to change). Summer time is the most expensive, costing around $155 plus tax per adult and $105 plus tax for children (ages 7 to 12) when we went. Winter is a little cheaper, at least for adults, with prices being around $130 for adults and $110 for children the last time we checked.
Superfly also sometimes offers early-bird pricing. We checked a weekday in September 2020 and found that for folk that booked the 9:00 am run on an early-bird day, tickets cost $125 per adult and $105 per child (so a $30 savings for adults but regular price for kids).
Guests can also bundle their zipline tickets with one of the other experiences offered by the same company. There are three combinations offered by The Adventure Group:
- Fly & Ride in the Winter – ziplines and snowmobiling
- Fly & Climb in the Summer – ziplines and the treetop adventure
- Float & Fly in the Summer – white water rafting and ziplines
TIP: Superfly Ziplines often offers special promo codes throughout the various seasons. Sometimes it might be for a 10% discount on any of the company’s various activities. At other times it might be a 15% discount for visits mid-week, or some kind of incentive if you bring a friend. Even if you can’t find a promo code, you can also often get discounts on combo deals (i.e., when you do more than one activity) or with early-bird pricing (i.e., when you buy your tickets well in advance or early in the season). You can only take advantage of one kind of discount though, which means you can’t combine a promo code with another discounted offer.
To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the following promotional video. As you’ll see, the views and overall experience are amazing!
Things to Consider
Below are some recommendations and extra information to help you make the most out of your Whistler ziplining experience.
TIP #1: Arrive early to check in and look around the site. There are plenty of picnic tables and even a café to grab a snack.
TIP #2: Dress for the weather. Superfly Ziplines runs tours rain or shine so it’s a good idea to dress in layers. The place does provide rain-proof shells and pants though. Rain or shine, ziplines are a good time (although obviously best, especially for the views, when it’s sunny with clear skies)!
TIP #3: Bring bug spray and sunscreen. Superfly Ziplines is located on a mountain, so there is tons of nature and wildlife. However, this can mean lots of bugs. Depending on the weather and season, the mosquitoes can get a little annoying if you’re not wearing repellant! Some parts of the ziplines are also in the sun so if you’re more sensitive to sunlight, sunscreen might be a good idea.
TIP #4: A small camera or a GoPro is a great idea! The view from the ziplines is truly spectacular and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to take memorable photos. Superfly provides helmets fitted with GoPro mounts if you take your own unit, or you can also rent one at Basecamp. If using your phone or a handheld camera, hang on to it tight!
TIP #5: The stop at the end of the final element is very abrupt, so be sure to get into your proper braking position!
TIP #6: There is a water station located just after the second zipline. It can get hot during the summer time so make sure to take advantage of this. Superfly provides disposable cups for guests to use so there’s no need to carry around bulky water bottles. Assuming COVID-19 is still a problem when you go, remember to sanitize your hands before touching the water station!
For more details about the attraction visit the Superfly Ziplines website.
For information about other activities offered by the same company, see the Adventure Group website.
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For ideas on other things to do in Whistler see our article about Whistler’s Top Attractions.