The Alpine Coaster craze in Europe has finally reached the US. The new ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO is suppose to open this Spring. Hopefully we can get some enthusiasts to post some pictures. I'd love to see the east coast mountains get one of these. Gatlinburg has an Alpine Slide but the Alpine Coaster looks waaaaaay more fun. :)
Wow, this is the second thing in two years to be the first in the U.S. (Halfpipe last year). I have never seen these rides before, but they look pretty fun. *** Edited 4/13/2005 3:52:39 AM UTC by RubberDucky***
Moosh, it's only cold for you thin blooded wussies that live in the southern parts of the U.S. Mid 50's doesn't sound too cold to me. Then again I've got my own supply of blubber.
Robo, I smell a road trip. I desparately want to hit Lagoon before I move back to the midwest at the end of this summer. This would be a great stopover between Denver and Salt Lake. Could also hit some more traditional alpine slides while we're in the mountains.
UBRhino said: They have something similar at Pico Mountain in VT. The car isn't attached to a track like that is. It's more of a bobsled type ride.
You would be talking about an alpine slide! I've hurt myself on these dozens of times growing up. Real fun stuff. They use to be all over the northeast part of the US, usually at ski resorts to bring in money during the summer.
Doing a Google search, it looks like there are quite a few still around. If anyone is too far from Colorodo (like me) for an alpine coaster, a slide should hold you over.
I couldn't believe it when I opened that video. I'm from Stoke originally, I've moved to San Diego now, terrible move!!!! but, you can,literally see that dry ski slope from my parents house, I never knew they had this there.
I'm visiting in July so I'll be riding that sucker then!!
Like UBRhino said, there are some that are more like a bobsled type.
Song Mountain ski area in Tully New York right outside of Syracuse still has one which they don't use anymore. I remember going on it probably 7-8 years ago and it hasn't been open in at least 5.
I was at Gore Mountain and riding up the Straightbrook Quad the top of the best skiing in New York I had conversation with a guy who actually does the inspections for these things. He said that for the most part they are safe, but only if they are maintained. He said that he also helped inspect the one at Pico, and I think he worked for the company that made them as well. But he also said that some designs have been more problematic than others and have forced them to closed. Whether it be to tight of turns, too much speed, or too little speed.