Two people strap themselves in to the inside of a giant, clear-plastic ball, which measures about 10 feet in diameter. They steel their nerves and wait for what’s coming—a push, which sends the giant hamster ball rolling down the hill. After one scream-filled minute of spinning and rolling, the ball comes to a rest at the foot of the hill, where screams turn to laughter. It’s called Xorbing, and it’s just one of the thrilling activities at Adrenaline Adventures.
In the summer, a cable-wakeboarding system zips riders along as they’re pulled by an overhead cable system while standing atop wakeboards. Groups can bond as they challenge the ropes course and zip line together, or take to beach-volleyball courts for a few rounds of bumps, sets, and spikes. During the winter, a snow machine fills the slopes of hills dedicated to snow tubing and snowboarding, rather than requiring riders to wait for adequate snowfall or use up their genie wishes for snow.
The staff of Adrenaline Adventures may love extreme activities, but they’re equally dedicated to safety. Sesitec—a German company that specializes in creating cable-wakeboarding systems—designed and installed the system, and Canadian officials certified each of the towers. In addition to yearly inspections from the Office of the Fire Commissioner for Manitoba, the staff works to maintain the system with daily maintenance, weekly tests, and their own annual checkups. The ropes course and zip-line equipment are similarly cared for, and the staff regularly grooms the snowboarding and snow-tubing slopes to keep them free of sharp edges and unsafe bumps.