Our Team


At Big Bear Ziplines, Inc. we strive to hire the best employees who will provide a professional, fun and safe atmosphere. Safety is our upmost priority as accidents are no accident. Our employees must be able to multi-task and keep their minds clear and focused at all times.

All of our Zip Pilots are certified in CPR, First Aid and AED at the very least. They are required to pass a 50-hour training period which includes practical and written examinations. It also includes being shadowed on their first few tours before being allowed to guide on their own among other things. Between training and shadowing, it takes almost one month before they are allowed to guide a tour on their own.


Owner, Dieter

Dieter is a graduate of New York University where he received a B.A. degree in Economics. Prior to NYU, he completed Aviation High School in Queens, NY and utilized his education in his future career as a Captain for American Airlines. Dieter retired after 30+ years of service in 2008 as a Boeing 777 Captain.

In his personal time, Dieter likes to fish, snowski, waterski, wakeboard and fly. He still flies privately for his personal clients. Need a pilot!? He’s your guy!

Did you know!? Dieter was supposed to be a twin!


Course Manager, Ralph

Ralph came to us with over 6 years of experience in the industry and a B.A. degree in Communications. Prior to Big Bear Ziplines, he managed the high ropes course at Alley Pond (the first of its kind in New York City) and Lakeview Day Camp. He is currently certified at the highest level of ACCT and PRCA standards as a Challenge Course Manager.

In his personal time, Ralph enjoys playing soccer, kite surfing, kayaking, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Did you know!? Ralph can juggle a soccer ball non-stop on his head! He can balance it there too.

Interested in working outdoors, spending time with awesome people and learning new skills!? Click here to JOIN OUR TEAM!