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Say what? Zip line over the Mississippi River added to Super Bowl festivities

We're not sure how to feel about this Super Bowl attraction.
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An artist's rendering of the Bold North Zip Line.

An artist's rendering of the Bold North Zip Line.

When GoMN heard that a zip line across the Mississippi River was added to the growing list of Super Bowl festivities, our first question was "Who wants to ride a zip line in the middle of a Minnesota winter?"

That time of year there's likely snow on the ground, and highs are about 25 degrees – not exactly the type of weather you want to go whipping through the air in.

On the Bold North Zip Line, which will run for 10 days prior to the big game, riders will zoom through the air at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. 

Oh, and you'll be 100 feet off the ground, so it'll probably be windy up there.

Just imagine the snot and tears running down (and potentially freezing on) your face. How fun!

Canada-based Ziptrek Ecotours will install four zip lines that will take riders from a tower on Nicollet Island to another tower on West River Parkway – a distance of nearly 800 feet. 

You'll glide alongside the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, taking in the historic Grain Belt sign, the Guthrie and U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minneapolis skyline.

Alright fine, we can't argue with the views. And from the looks of the photos on the company's Facebook page, winter zip lining is a thing people actually enjoy. 

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There's no doubt it will be cold though. The Super Bowl Host Committee recommends riders dress in layers of outdoor clothing – the same thing you'd wear snowmobiling or skiing.

Ready to sign up? It's $30 to and you have to reserve a time slot (a 2-hour time slot, we might add) here. There are 10,000 spots total, and it's anybody's guess how quickly those will fill up. 

You must be at least 75 pounds and no more than 275 pounds to ride the zipline; the minimum age is 10. 

Newly elected Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey has stated he'll be the first one to ride it. 

The Bold North Zip Line will run from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4. Find more info and other FAQ here.

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