Alpine slides

Saturday, March 2, 2002 5:16 AM

I have always been partially intrigued by alpine slides.

If you are not familiar with them, these are concrete troughs built into the sides of hills or mountains in which visitors can pay to ride a little cart down them. Sort of like a bobsled, but with a small open cart.

I have never ridden one, and have recently discovered that there is one close to where I live. In the 1970's and 1980's these were popular tourist stops, and could often be seen near various exits etc when travelling via interstate.

I am curious, who here has been to one? Who has ridden one? And who knows of one that still exits? Are they worth it? Any fun?

Shaggy

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Shaggy
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Saturday, March 2, 2002 5:28 AM

I went on one last summer in Colorado. It was alot of fun, but if you go to fast, you'll crash and you get HUGE burns. It was well worth it. To be exact, the slides were in Brekonridge(sp?).

The courses had three levels. Two were 'beginner' and one was 'expert'. They intertwined and it was fun to see all the people speeding down the hill while your on the ski lift.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 5:30 AM
They have them at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in PA. They are open from Memorial Day - Labor Day. There are two courses that run side by side so it's good for racing a friend down the mountain. It's been a long time since I've ridden them but remember it was a lot of fun. You can check it out here http://www.7springs.com/home.html. Look under The Mountain - Summer Activities.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 5:37 AM

there is one in Pembrey Park, in south Wales where i lived a couple years ago...i never go the chance to ride one, but saw it a few times...they do look like loads of fun!! :)

Tim (who is aware that many Americans dont know that Wales is a part of Great Britian, hehe:)

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 5:37 AM
these look sweet

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 6:02 AM

Mountain Creek (aka Action Park) in Vernon NJ had an alpine slide, I never got to ride it. Way back like 6 or 7 years ago, The park was called action park, and they only had a couple rides. The Alpine Slide and a small space shot were their highlight attractions, but once two people died on each, the park closed. It was later bought out and made into a water park, and a ski resort in the winter (how clever).

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 6:15 AM

Umm, I think I should refresh your Action Park history.

The place was a huge Ski Resort for a long time. when Intrawest bought it out, it already had all of the trails opened. Intrawest just added the high speed quads and the gondola lifts. Also, the waterpark was there, too. The waterpark is what was called Action Park. The place was HUGE! They had a ton of waterslides. They also had a ton of deaths and serious accidents. They had a Bungee Jump tower, a Sling Shot, and the Space Shot. they also had 4 or 5 go-cart tracks at the bas of the mountain.

There...that being said, I can move on.

Mountain Creek removed their alpine slide 1 year after Intrawest bought it. The reason? they took out the ski lift that you normally used to get to the alpine slide height (about halfway up the mountain) and put in the 8-person gondola. There was no way of unloading from the gondola halfway up the mountain, so there was no use for the alpine slide...unless you wanted to walk halfway down the mountain.

CamelBak ski resort has an alpine slide. I rode it last year, I beleive. It's pretty fun. there are two right next to each other for he entire course, so it's great for racing.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 6:59 AM
I know there was one in TN...I also have been intrigued by these things, and we almost went to THIS one...ended up Whitewater rafting instead. While I was a *little* disappointed we didn't have time to do both, MAN that raft ride was fun. Of course, the "God of all things which do not suck" (TM) was on my side on this one, my raft had an intense female guide and all college-age females with us...bummer ;) ...But I certainly will get on one - the Alpine slide, that is, when the opportuntiy presents itself, LMAO...
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Saturday, March 2, 2002 7:31 AM
The slides at Seven Springs at great. Period.
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Saturday, March 2, 2002 7:59 AM
I have been on the slides at bomley(ski resort in vermont) and they are great!! I love them they are so awsome. You do get going fast and it does seem like an uncontroled coaster at times. Although they may be a bit pricy they are well worth it.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 8:35 AM

Coaster131 said:

CamelBak ski resort has an alpine slide. I rode it last year, I beleive. It's pretty fun. there are two right next to each other for he entire course, so it's great for racing.



I did that one a few years back. I had a lot of fun, except the second time I went down I had a broken sled, and the thing went extremely slow. When I was there, one side was used to go faster on, and the other side was for the slower people. I wouldn't know how it is now though.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 8:46 AM
i went on the one in tennesee in gatlinburg the place is called like obergatlinburg or something ,it has two of these alpine slides and 3 water slides. i went on it 11 times anbd it was great. i wrecked one time but i didnt fly out the truogh i just skidded on the side of it like 10 feet, my stomach and arms were all scraped but it was my fault cuz i didnt use the break, and i still did 4 more times after that

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 8:54 AM
There is one at Mt Hood Meadows in Oregon. As soon as it opens, I will visit. The area has a lot of other summer attractions and I've heard it's quite fun.
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Saturday, March 2, 2002 10:13 AM

I've been on a few in Washington and Oregon... Another reason why they don't have too many anymore is that they orignally used asbestos sleds and coated the slide with a little asbestos. I assume that this forced them to switch materials and that probably ran the costs up, because they were pretty cheap when I was young.

The slides had to replace their asbestos with more expensive parts, like fiberglass, steel, or aluminum. For houses they allow it to remain in for ceilings if it is sealed (like with a clear coat of varnish), but for schools and other government facilities they had to reduce the amount to acceptable levels. I remember when they banned it in schools, back in 1986. I noticed the ceiling tiles were changed one day, and then I saw the news report when I got home. I vaguely remember that alpine slides helped discover what exactly was causing the health problems, I'm hoping it wasn't something like a huge increase in lung cancer for children of non-smoking parents. That's fairly disturbing...

But all is good now, plus some slides originally used or switched over to steel. I hope I didn't scare anyone who went on an alpine slide before 1986... If I get lung cancer or mesothelioma, I am suing Sesame Street for having kids on alpine slides in the closing credits(where I first saw them)

-djansi

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 10:35 AM

There is a Racing Alpine Slide at the Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah. If you watched any 2002 Winter Olympics Coverage, this was the Venue for the Men's and Women's Snowboarding Halfpipe, Men's and Women's Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom, and the Men's and Women's Giant Slalom.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 10:55 AM
I love those things. I live in Colorado, and have ridden the ones at Breckenridge and Winter Park. They are both great, but Winter Park's is longer and faster. It drops about 600 feet and is at least 2000ft long. I have always had fun on these, but I also have nasty scars on my elbows from crashes on them. It seems that if you come ot of those banked turns into a straightaway too fast, your sled leaves the track. There is also one at Heritage Square in Golden, but it doesn't have near as many turnas and I have not ridden it. They are not quite as good as coaster, but the are pretty darn close.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 11:54 AM

There was one called "Raccoon Mountain Alpine Slides" near Chattanooga, Tennessee. I believe it closed a few years ago, though.

I rode this one many times and all I can say is that they're insanely fun. You can seriously fly off the tracks if you go too fast! The bummer was when you'd get behind some grandma going down at a creep... that spoiled the whole thing.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 12:15 PM

They are awesome, the old "Boston Hills" ski area had one, and "Attitash Mountain" in N.H. had a really good one, but the best was at Bromley Mountain in Vermont.

I used to work during the summers for a scaffolding company, constructing an 11,000 seat temporary stadium for the Volvo Tennis Tournament that used to be held at Stratton Mountain (VT). The best part was that they put us up at a little (flea bag) motel at the base of Bromley! Almost every night we would hike up the mountain and take a ride on the slide. It was a little sled you sat it, if you pushed the stick forward, you released the brake, pull the stick back and brake on. You had to be careful and wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, or you were taking a chance, because if you crashed, you got a serious burn!

The absolute best was when the track was a little wet, beause WET TRACK = NO BRAKES! Bromley had to close the ride during the day when it rained, but that was really the best time to ride, and on a rainy day we would all rush home. Most of us knew how to handle the sled on wet track, we all crashed occasionally, but not that bad. But one time we had a kid who didn't know how to control the sled, he got going way too fast on a wet track and he went flying off the track at about 20 mph, sled and all, and broke both his arms! Of course, he was done for the season and he had to go home.

Even though it's not a coaster, the Alpine Slide is a totally awesome pissa ride!

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 1:20 PM

NitroExplodes said:

Coaster131 said:

CamelBak ski resort has an alpine slide. I rode it last year, I beleive. It's pretty fun. there are two right next to each other for he entire course, so it's great for racing.


I did that one a few years back. I had a lot of fun, except the second time I went down I had a broken sled, and the thing went extremely slow. When I was there, one side was used to go faster on, and the other side was for the slower people. I wouldn't know how it is now though.

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Yeah, they still do that. But no one pays attention to the signs for it, heh heh. Usually the parents og on the fast one and the small kids go on the slow one. I got angry because when I was on the fast side, I kept on getting stuck behind extremely slow people and it pissed me off. The thing about the alpine slide at CamelBack is that at the end it isn't nearly as steep, so if you hit your brakes it takes forever to continue on the rest. I just press the lever forward and get fast as all hell on that thing.

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-Kyle Brylczyk
SAVE INVADER ZIM!

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 1:22 PM
I rode the one at Raccoon Mountain, TN a few years ago, but I don't know if it still exists. It was fun, especially the "dips." It's a lot like the luge, only you sit up and it is concrete, not ice. There is a little brake that you p ull up to slow down.
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