Our 2015 tour season was full of zipline fun, big smiles and unforgettable stories! And after looking back on this past summer, it was quite a memorable year with fantastic crew, new lodge, beautiful sunny days, some rain too and adventurous guests! Here’s our year in review:
New Porcupine Lodge at Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Cool Ts and merchandise in our new gift shop.
Never a dull moment in the trees! A fun bunch making their way down the trail to start some zipping!
First day of guide training and a little chilly out there in the trees! Cameron, Julia and Cassidy were the first of the AZA team to begin training for the season. They were such troopers!
Riley high up in the treetops.
Nicole being a doll face!
Everyone is pumped and ready for some zipline action.
Sometimes you need shades and sunscreen in the rainforest.
Holding on tight!
Beth from Britain seeing what tricks she can pull off on the bridge.
Definitely look twice, that is not beer they are sipping but locally crafted Root Beer being sampled on the platforms. Mugs up!
Ziplining is truly a thrilling way to bond as a family on your vacation in Alaska!
Spunky Julia jazzed about showing her guests the time of their lives on her tour!
First AZA Team party at Boy Scout beach enjoying some sandwiches and the sunset. It was a fun hike to do as a group and a great way take a little break and have some fun!
Those might be David’s shoes spotted flying through the air! And if you ever loose a sneaker on the tour he would be happy to give up his own pair and guide in his socks. True story folks!
Oh, hello there Cameron, popping out on the trail. All smiles at the end of the tour but wait there is more – axe throwing!
Chilling in the trees, hanging out, chatting and telling stories in the forest.
The gang that helped send and catch people tasting food and root beer for a fundraising event, Zip n’ Sip, that helped raise some money for the 2015 Alaska Tour Industry Association convention. It was a blast – good food, good beer, sunshine, laughing and drinking into the evening with good friends. It was a successful event!
Julia was always stoked to be sharing her hometown with visitors.
800ft of fun zipping along side Fish Creek.
David showing off his Old Man’s Beard mustache!
Pepper worked behind the scenes at the zipline enjoying attention from all the guests that missed their puppies back at home!
Hooray for surviving and living to tell about it! But Joel wasn’t surprised, with him you are always in safe hands!
What graceful form!
Close friends sharing a joke and a cup of tea!
Beth always a pro. She stuck with us until the end of the season in September when the colors began to change and it was time to pack up.
Veteran guide, Patrick bundled up with his group embracing the rain and having a grand ol’ time. Being in the rainforest we all have learned to own a good set of rain boots and a waterproof jacket! Zip on!
A common question: “Why the color orange for the raincoats?” The joke: “Because that way we can see ya better if you fall in the forest!” Just kidding! All joking aside, we are proud to have another summer with a perfect safety record!
Mom and daughter cuddles while enjoying some hot blueberry tea out in the trees!
Don’t try this at home folks, double axe toss!
Cassidy posing with her group from the highest point on the course. She was a little bit of a model for some of our new video footage we took this season. Selfie sticks and GoPros were all the rage this summer!
Getting in for a close up!
Everyone looks cool in zipline gear! One great thing about having to wear a a helmet everyday is you never have to worry about doing your hair before work! Nicole making friends with some of her guests out on the tour.
Emily and her bright pink bow coming in for a landing! She was a treasured employee knowing almost every job at the zipline.
Stick out a foot or even your pinky finger, we’ll catch you! And there is always a friendly smile waiting for you at the other end, no matter how nervous you might be!
It doesn’t matter which end of the axe goes into the target, it counts! At the beginning of the season our guides practice and practice axe throwing so when they demonstrate for their tours they can get it to stick! Much harder than it looks!
All ages in this group! 93 is the age to beat and this summer we had some zippers in their early 90s taking up the challenge and crossing ziplining off their bucket list. Walt always loved to strike a pose with his people!
This is what we like to call “Berry Picking!” Sometimes kids don’t quite make it across the line but we have a system in place to bring ’em in. It is perfectly safe and a great arm workout for our guides! So just hang tight (literally)!!!
Soaring high through the canopy! Feel free to let go and fly!
These guys look like a crazy crew to be with in the trees!
Wave! This is the highest point on the course with amazing views at the top!
Cameras are totally welcome and we love it when families and friends can capture their time together in the forest.
Beginning of the season training went off without a hitch! Nicole and Cameron were some of the first to come up to kick off the summer for what ended up being one of the busiest months.
Jumping for joy out on the suspension bridge!
Even if it is only for the tour, we all become part of a little zipline family when you spend time with us.
Cassidy and Patrick are best of buds! One of the perks of coming up to Alaska for the summer to work is all the amazing people you meet and friendships you make.
Watch out! Sometimes our guides can get a little wild out there! Nicole and Emily having a ball guiding together.
Believe it or not but these two met guiding and got married at the end of the year! Love sometimes happens out on the zipline! Congrats Walt and Nicole!
Sometimes family comes to Juneau for a visit. Zac is showing his parents, brothers and sister the ropes and they get to see what a fun place he gets to work at!
What happens in the trees, stays in the trees so go ahead and break out some dance moves!
AZA kayaking party in Auke Bay. One of the last times we were all together as a team before the season began to slow down some and people took off back to college. We had an AWESOME crew!
The colors beginning to fade from green to yellow as autumn approaches and cruise ships sail on to warmer waters!
Dangling 100ft in the air next to our majestic Spruce and Hemlock trees!
And…we ended the season #2 on TripAdvisor! Thank you everyone for all the stellar reviews!
Come soar with us in 2016!