New Zip Line Brings New Life to Shuttered Oregon Ski Hill

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One of two skybridges at Crater Lake.

A new adventure park is also breathing new life into what was Tomahawk Ski Hill, near Crater Lake, Ore. The ski hill ceased operations in 1984, and is now home to what is claimed to be Oregon’s longest zip line. Owners Jen and Darren Roe opened Crater Lake Zipline in August after four years of planning. The Roes capitalized on the opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure, such as the parking lot.

“Here is this spot that used to be a thriving little ski hill for the community, and now we get to give it a new life as a zip line canopy tour,” Jen Roe said.

Crater Lake Zipline offers a three-hour tour with nine zip lines that stretch for 1.5 miles and two sky bridges suspended at heights of more than 90 feet above the floor of the Fremont Winema National Forest. A fast final descent culminates the 8,200 feet of zip riding. The tour operates 8 a.m. to sunset daily, with tickets starting at $95 per person.

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Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.

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