Closed Until Further Notice
May 14, 2014
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the State of California has imposed, without notice or grace period, new zipline regulations in August of 2013. With a forced shutdown while the state determines how to regulate ziplines and to what codes, Zip Tahoe was forced to refund tours and spend the winter months in limbo. While we have an engineered course plans, proper tree inspections, and adhere to the ANSI/PRCA American National Standards, the state, which has allowed us to operate without incident for the past three years under our current Conditional Use Permit, changed its mind, without notice; shutting us down on a verbal phone call, followed by a e-mailed letter.
The State issued a letter on October 30, 2013 shutting down ziplines and outlining new regulation parameters. This was done without following due process and our petition to have the Oct 30, 2013 regulation letter voided was successful. The state then issued a second letter on Jan 21, 2014 which outlined new harness requirements and referenced the now voided Oct 30 letter. We placed petition against the Jan 21, 2014 on the same issues, yet the Jan 21 letter was upheld.
While our parent company has experienced over 4 million succesful zip expereinces on all EBL installed courses in South Korea, Canada, and the United States, Califonrina does not appear to take this into consideration while they shut down this particular EBL location and our Zip Yosemite location.
From our position, we seem to have an ANSI/PRCA American National Standard for ziplines which the state of California appears to be ignoring, imposing older versions of ASTM standards when the current 2012 versions state variances and exemptions for zipline tours for education, self improvment or team building, and still remains uncertain as to how to inspect courses and to what regulations. Combine this with letters referencing voided letters and you can begin to understand our frustrations. We have shared our thoughts with the State in no uncertain terms.
We are making efforts to reopen the course as soon as the state determines exact guidelines for the industry. Until such time, Zip Tahoe will remain closed while we attempt to comply with these unclear regulations. This presents us with an estimated $40,000 in new expenses and untold unhappy customers. During this time, we will not be returning phone calls or e-mails as we have no further information to share.We apologize for any inconvenience.
When we do have an estimated reopening date, we will post it here on our website.
While we try to avoid politics, this is a clear example, in our opinion, where the State has overstepped its bounds, closed down many zipline businesses, destroyed much needed jobs, and forced our former employees onto unemployment benefits. Please feel free to send your comments and complaints to:
"Baker, Christine@DIR" <CBaker@dir.ca.gov>
"Sum, Juliann@DIR" <JSum@dir.ca.gov>
"Cumming, John@DIR" <JCumming@dir.ca.gov>
"Sloan, Kim@DIR" <KSloan@dir.ca.gov>
"Gold, Deborah@DIR" <DGold@dir.ca.gov>
Lake Tahoe's first Canopy / Zip Line Tour
Feel like you're on top of the world at Zip Tahoe – Lake Tahoe's premier zip line canopy tour. Located at Kirkwood Ski Resort, Zip Tahoe offers multiple zip lines and sky bridges. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sierras as you sail from 200 – 600 feet across and upwards of 75 feet above the ground. 12 X 12 decks provide comfort to those who may be apprehensive of heights. Adding to the adventure, participants are transported to the course in passenger ATVs in the summer and by chairlift rides during the winter months. Zip Tahoe’s experienced tour guides provide a safe experience for all ages; including laughs, history of the area, and ecology of the Sierra landscape. Celebrate a wedding, birthday, or special occasion with Tahoe's most unique excursion.
Zip Tahoe at Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a dynamic adventure brought to you by the industry leader, EBL Zipline Tours, a team that brings years of research and technical expertise to this location. Come and enjoy what we have to offer and bring your friends.
We Are Currently Closed for the Winter. Tours are offered June 15th through September 15th. For reservations call 209-258-7330 or book online. We look forward to zipping with you starting JUNE 15, 2014!!
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