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World's Highest SkyJump to Open at Stratosphere

Posted on January 10, 2010 by Jordan There have been 0 comments

If you are in Las Vegas and looking for a thrill, nothing beats the rides at the top of the Stratosphere Tower. The Stratosphere takes you up on elevators up to indoor and outdoor observation decks with 360-degree views of Las Vegas and its beautiful mountain backdrop.  At night the Stratosphere tower provides picturesque views of the lights of the city along with neon colors of the famous Vegas Strip. The Stratosphere hotel and casino unveiled details about plans to install a "SkyJump," allowing thrill-seekers to dive 855 feet off its tower while tethered to a metal cable.

The Stratosphere already has three existing rides including the Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the rides currently cost $30 for an all-day pass. The new SkyJump will put Las Vegas on the map as one of the top tourist attractions in North America. The experience itself is described as a "controlled freefall" similar to skydiving and base jumping in which riders will hit speeds over 40 mph. Wires will allow participants to remain on course amid their 108-story fall and their decent will eventually be slowed by a machine to allow for a safe controlled landing This will not only be North America's only skyjump, but, also the highest skyjump in the world.

It’s called Sky Jump, but it’s more like bungee jumping than a ride. There will be some safety concerns, but riders will be given a safety lesson and then get in custom jump suits. They will then be connected to a "descender machine." After jumping off the tower, riders will be guided by wires to stay on course during the 108-story descent facing the Las Vegas Strip before the descender slows the rider down for a controlled landing.

The SkyJump will open in April and the entire experience is expected to take about 30 minutes per rider. Stratosphere expects to accommodate six to 10 jumpers per hour and that the attraction will be open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The attraction is expected to be priced at $100 per jump.


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