CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Cannonsburg Ski and Ride Area told FOX 17 Tuesday plans to open more than a mile of zip-lines mid-June.
As of Monday night it is official: Cannon Township leaders approved Cannonsburg Ski resort’s plans to build a 10-station canopy tour zip-line through their forested property. This is the first stage of their multi-stage build. After its opening in June, Cannonsburg officials said they plan to build a high ropes course and a second set of nearly a dozen more zip-lines.
“We are beyond excited about this,” said Alycia Choroszucha, Cannonsburg Ski and Ride Area representative. “We’ve been working on it for many years, it’s something we’ve always wanted to do, and now we’re actually bringing it to reality. That’s a big deal.”
Choroszucha said the first set of zip-lines will run between 300 to 750-feet in length, and include two or three lines where participants can race each other.
“You’re going to be going fast, it’s a great adrenaline rush,” said Choroszucha.
The plans are set to build the first set of zip-lines behind the ski hill, and then extend down the hill near the front of the lodge for the racing lines. Choroszucha said they will be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, zipping people through the natural Cannonsburg forested area.
“There’s no better way to utilize natural forestry than a zip line tour,” said Choroszucha. “You know the zip line tour isn’t going to affect what’s already there: we’re not going to be tearing down a ton of trees, we’re not going to be messing with the natural terrain; we’re only going to be expanding it and improving it.”
Choroszucha said the resort has shifted their focus from just winter into summer activities; they want to be an adventure destination year-round.
“We want to be the place where people can go all four seasons to get their adrenaline pumping,” said Choroszucha. “We just to be somewhere fun and outdoors and give people a reason to get off their couch and come hang out.”
Cannonsburg officials also told FOX 17 that this is a “substantial investment” for them, but say it will be “reasonably priced.”
They also said safety is a priority. The resort is working with independent contractors and ziplining industry experts, buidling everything up to code.