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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:48 pm

NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S SIGHT-SEEING TOUR: Manitoba's first winter ski-hill zipline opens at 2:30 p.m. today at Holiday Mountain, less than two hours from Winnipeg on Highway 3. "It's 1,497 feet long with speeds of up to 55 miles per hour," says operations manager Bernice Later of the wild ride high above the racing hill. Crazy, awesome fast! Anybody over 200 pounds has to wear a parachute and the heaviest person on the lift can only be 275 pounds. "It's going to be really popular because it's the only winter zipline running in Manitoba," says Later. There's also good news for dabbling ski bunnies and parents who blew out their knees years ago -- there's no hiking involved. Included in the $40 ticket is a chairlift ride to the top. Second runs are $20. Zipline tours run only on weekends. You can book zipline rides and overnights in the A-frame cabins by calling 204-242-2172.

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