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Trollhaugen opens aerial adventure park

More than 3,000 of ziplines and 100+ towers and elements are featured in the Trollhaugen Aerial Adventure Park. Tour guides help guests figure out the safety system and guide them through the challenges. (Photo by Jeff Holmquist)2 / 3
The locking system can take a few moments to figure out, but once the guest figures out how it works, it's pretty straight forward. Guides are close at hand in case of questions.3 / 3

For 63 years, Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Center has focused its entertainment and recreation business on winter activities.

This year, however, the ski and snowboard resort near Dresser, Wis. has branched out to offer a warm-weather activity geared toward thrill seekers of all ages.

Trollhaugen Aerial Adventure Park opened this spring and touts more than 3,000 feet of ziplines (including its signature 1,000-foot zipline in the center of the snow tubing hill) that weave through the woods. Various ziplines are up to 60 feet in the air, and customers can travel as fast as 35 mph on the longer lines.

The park also features an Aerial Challenge Course, which includes more than 100 platforms and 112 elements that test the participant's balance and nerve.

From County Road F, the Adventure Park doesn't appear to be impressive. But once customers get a glimpse of the full complex inside the woods, the true scope of the facility is revealed.

"The park provides the thrill of playing on a giant, floating playground," said David Sutton, marketing director at Trollhaugen. "It's like climbing trees, hanging from tires, and swinging on ropes just like when you were a kid, on a far bigger scale and creative environment, with the backup support of world-class safety equipment."

There are four different levels of difficulty offered at the Challenge Course, from easy (Yellow Course) to difficult (Black Course). The ziplines and Challenge Course are recommended for people 7 years old and up, although some kids even younger have come to the park and enjoyed it, Sutton said.

Park tours begin every 30 minutes, with a ground safety class provided for each participant so they can learn the line and locking system.

"Our Smart Snap system prevents participants from ever leaving the system, so they are always connected to a lifeline no matter how high or hard the feature," Sutton explained. "It is truly a very managed risk."

Once each wave begins, tours can last for two or two-and-a-half hours. Customers are encouraged to explore at their own pace and comfort level.

"Everyone who has come out has left inspired," Sutton said. "Sometimes it's a matter of a confidence boost. They don't believe they can do it, but once they have they're feeling empowered."

While the Adventure Park is geared toward family fun, Sutton said Trollhaugen's newest attraction also plans to play host to area businesses who want to use the facility for team building and leadership development efforts.

Trollhaugen's Adventure Park is just 50 minutes north of Minneapolis-St. Paul in western Wisconsin.

The Adventure Park peak season runs Thursdays through Sundays (plus holidays) from June 6 to Sept. 2. A late season will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 7-Oct. 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last tour kicking off at 4 p.m. daily.

Admission is $45 for adults and $39 for students (ages 7-17). Reservations are suggested for anyone wanting to leave on a tour at a specific time. Reservations can be made by calling 715-755-2955.

Walk-ins are welcome too, but there may be a short wait depending on the day's schedule.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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