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(By Stephanie Valera via Weather)

Zip line rides not only offer the most breathtaking views in the world, they provide riders with an adrenalin rush like no other. But like with every adventurous undertaking, enjoying a thrilling zip line ride also means being safe.

Riders should zipline only professionally installed and inspected ziplines, according to Mike Holder, owner of the Historic Banning Mills Resort, which offers various zip line treks. "Check a company’s accreditation or certification, and check for accreditation and inspection through Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and/or Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA)," said Holder. He also recommends asking providers if they regularly inspect climbing harnesses for any signs of wear or mildew. Riders should also make sure to follow any age or height requirements, listen to informational sessions and wear proper attire.


Click through the following pages for a look at some of the world's most thrilling zip line experiences — from a new high-wire ride located in the French Alps to a jungle adventure in the moonlight.

1. La Tyrolienne, French Alps

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The world's highest zipline, 'La Tyrolienne,' spans the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys in the French Alps. (C. Cattin OT Val Thorens)

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Connecting two resorts in the French Alps, the just-opened La Tyrolienne zip line is located at a heart-stopping altitude of 10,597ft, making it the highest zip line in the world. This "mega zip line" runs for almost a mile, high above the Savoie region. It connects the top platform of the Bouchet chair lift in Orelle to a 9,843ft peak in neighboring Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe. The ride has been "billed as a route through the skies mimicking the journey of an eagle in flight" and lasts for one minute and 45 seconds.

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2. Historic Banning Mills, Ga.

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Historic Banning Mills also boasts the 'Flight of the Falcon,' a 3400ft long super eco zipline, one of the longest in the world.

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According to two Guinness World Records, North Georgia's Screaming Eagle Tours at Historic Banning Mills Resort is the longest and largest zip line canopy tour in the world.

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At Historic Bannig Mills Georgia, guests enjoy 10 miles of zip lines, tree traverse elements, tree platforms and tree houses, with heights that rang from 65 feet to 300 feet. (Historic Bannig Mills)


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3. Zip World Snowdonia, North Wales

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Zipworld in North Wales is considered the 'largest zip wire experience in the North Hemisphere.' Located in Penrhyn Quarry in the mountains of Snowdonia, Zipworld actually consists of two specially constructed and spectacular zip lines. (Zip World Snowdonia)

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Located in one of the most dramatic locations on Earth — Penrhyn Quarry, nestled in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales — Zip World is the longest zip line in Europe. Riders zip through the adrenalin-fueled route face-down and head-first, taking in spectacular views above a mountain lake at 100mph. Visitors are provided with a wind and water resistant "flying suit" and goggles before flying Superman-style 1.6 kilometers through the air. The Zip World tour also provides a peek into the rich history of its location, once the world's largest slate quarry. It's also where the world's first zip lines were built a century ago to help miners extract rock.

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4. Extreme Zipline, Utah Olympic Park, Utah

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The 'Xtreme' ZipRider at the Utah Olympic Park parallels the 120m Nordic jump and it is not uncommon for riders to be in the air at the same time as Nordic athletes during practice. (Utah Olympic Park)

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Want to feel what it's like to be an Olympic ski jumper? Then head over to the Utah Olympic Park and take a ride on its Extreme Zipline, which lets you experience the closest thing to the K120 Nordic ski jump: big, steep and long. In fact, the Extreme is one of the steepest ziplines in the world, according to the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.

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The 1,500ft-long ride starts at the edge the K120 jump and propels riders to 50 mph, which is fairly close to the speeds of world-class ski jumpers (don't be surprised if you're in the air at the same time the Nordic athletes have their practice sessions). The ride, which also features a 435-foot vertical drop. For younger — and less adventurous — riders, the park also has a less steep, four-cable zip line.

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5. ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, Smugglers Notch, Vt.

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The Zip Line Canopy Tour at Smugglers Notch in Vt. features a nearly three-hour tour that consists of eight zip lines through dense mountain forest, two suspension bridges, and two high rappels. (ArborTrek Canopy Adventures)

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Vermont's zip line, ArbroTrek Canopy Adventures at the Smugglers Notch resort, lets visitors glide along six zip lines spanning 4,500 feet, walk across two skybridges, and rappel down a descent—even in the middle of winter.

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The high-wire adventure provides access to reaches of the forest canopy and views of the area not otherwise available to hikers and explorers, according to the ride's official website. Aside from breathtaking views of the forests and the wilds of the Green Mountains, the canopy tour also provides commentary on the local ecology, natural history, and lore of the area.

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