Monkeying around at Snow Valley Aerial Park, set to open Saturday [Video]


Monkeying around at Snow Valley Aerial Park, set to open Saturday [Video]
  1. Monkeying around at Snow Valley Aerial Park, set to open Saturday
                            
                            
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    edmontonsun.com
    Tip-toeing across a wooden suspension ladder 15 metres above ground, I was reminded of my terrible balance. One step, two steps and I slipped off the shaky cross…
    Alberta
Tip-toeing across a wooden suspension ladder 15 metres above ground, I was reminded of my terrible balance. One step, two steps and I slipped off the shaky cross steps.   But the harness did its job, leaving me dangling high above the ground, hanging off Snow Valley's newest attraction, a large high-ropes aerial course.   The new Snow Valley Aerial Park, which opens Saturday, is hidden in Whitemud Creek beside Rainbow Valley Campground. The structure was larger than expected when a producer and I showed up, with a 30-metre-by-30-metre footprint of land across the parking lot from the Snow Valley ski hill.   Tim Dea, Snow Valley's marketing and communications manager, showed us all the ropes Friday morning, and there are a lot. The park features more than 100 routes, suspended at three different heights and of varying degrees of difficulty, from simple less than one-metre children's challenges to high-wire balancing acts, a sort of giant, adult-sized jungle gym.     Reporter Scott Leitch trying his skills on the new Snow Valley Aerial Park attraction in Edmonton, May 19, 2017. The structure is a KT90, made by German company Kristall Turm. It arrived at the park pre-built, essentially needing only to be bolted together on-site. It took about one month to put together once the parts arrived. It is the first of its kind in Canada.   The new playground didn't come cheap, costing Snow Valley US$2 million, and didn't arrive without controversy. There was opposition to it being built on public park land last fall when the not-for-profit pitched the idea to the city. Beyond a few weeks of visitors during camping season, there were few reasons to visit Snow Valley in the summer after the snow melts.   At the time, Coun. Scott McKeen questioned why Snow Valley already had much of the equipment to build the aerial park on site even before it was approved by council.   The ropes course is fun (as long as you're not too afraid of heights) and safe. It uses a Clic-It harness system, making it impossible for a user to accidentally…
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