Best wooden helices...

Friday, July 2, 2004 8:17 PM
It seems as though helices are more common/popular on steel coasters. I was wondering what some your favorite wooden helices are? Please don't mention Beast, that's a given.

Mine would be the double helix that wraps around the station on Knoebel's Twister.

Friday, July 2, 2004 8:24 PM
Thunderhead when it goes threw its station is pretty cool. Well as a matter afact that whole ride looks awsum
Friday, July 2, 2004 8:30 PM
Thunderhead's High Speed Helix toward the end of the ride is great! Very Fast....
Friday, July 2, 2004 8:38 PM
Wild one & I'd also throw Batwing's helix in for good measure while I'm at it.
Friday, July 2, 2004 8:43 PM
Its bound to come up so I might as well put it myself, Legend. Gotta love going through tunnels during parts of the helix.

The ending helix on Wild One at Six Flags America is quite powerful too, especially in the rain when that final trim doesn't effect you much.

OR, what about the helixes on Thunderbolt at Kennywood, those are might good, especially with those trains.

Finally, yet painfully, there is Hurricane Catagory 5's two helixes. Fast and painful! Darn those G-Trains!

Friday, July 2, 2004 8:43 PM
I second Twister's station huggling helix. It's just rediculous!

Might as well mention Legend (although I don't like the that much.)

Edit: Damn you for beating me to it ;) *** Edited 7/3/2004 12:47:07 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***

Friday, July 2, 2004 8:46 PM
Yes, the Helix on Wild One is pretty good. Can't forget about the Knoebel's Twister's Helix, either.
Friday, July 2, 2004 9:28 PM
I still love Son of Beast's mega tilted double helix of doom (aka the Rose Bowl). ;)


Friday, July 2, 2004 10:27 PM
Rattler's triple helix gave me an opportunity to catch up on some BADLY-needed beauty sleep...;)

Luckily the ride picked up again near the end, so that the ride ops didn't have to wake me up to have me exit the train.....great park, though...:)

Good ones: Knoebels', PAPA Beast (not Sonny, Danny), Legend (I *do* enjoy the mine-ride like *jolts*), Wild One, and the SWIFT finales on Sky Princess and Timber Terror. My *admittedly few* ride on Timbers, though, the train wasn't moving fast enough to make the helix interesting.

HC5's first helix was pretty awful, but the second was MUCH better, my *thinking* ;) is that those G-trains just tore up too much trackwork at the high speeds of the first one...

In before close...;)

Friday, July 2, 2004 11:16 PM
I would also venture to say The Legend at Holiday World and also The Boss at Six Flags St. Louis.
Friday, July 2, 2004 11:19 PM
For me it is a tie between Wild One and Ghostrider. Wild one is not heavily banked so it throws you pretty hard. Ghostrider is just hecka ferocious with that bunny hop in there!

*** Edited 7/4/2004 2:25:17 AM UTC by Antuan***

Friday, July 2, 2004 11:25 PM
I haven't been on too many coasters with helices, but I like Mega Zeph's. Even though it has the hated "G-trains," I don't find it as uncomfortable as everyone whines. The helix isn't taken too fast, but still gives a good share of laterals that pin you against the side of the car (with at least a 1/2 full train, it's kind of forceless when you're the only one riding).

I don't exactly know what you call that thing that goes around Texas Giant's lift. If you could call it a double helix, it was taken pretty slow and didn't do much for me. I'd like to see Thunderhead's helix though as that ride seems to define what a wooden twister is supposed to be.

Friday, July 2, 2004 11:41 PM
No love for American Eagle's helix? Admittedly, it's not the same thing going into a helix at the top of the hill rather than at the bottom (read: The Beast). But it still packs a punch by the time you exit, tilted severely to your left.

If not for that experience, then at least give me that Eagle's helix looks cool.

Saturday, July 3, 2004 12:10 AM
First off, I don't consider Thunderhead having a helix. Isn't the definition of a helix at least a 360ยบ turn? I could be wrong, just asking.

Anyway, I have always thought Shivering Timbers ending helix was fast and fun. Seemed to track well through it too.

Second runner up would be the Kennywood Thunderbolts undulating helix.

Third runner up would be the first helix on the Myrtle Beach Pavilion's Hurricane. The second helix is downright painful. *** Edited 7/3/2004 4:11:10 AM UTC by HarryTraver***

Saturday, July 3, 2004 12:27 AM
My favorite steel helix would have to be Raptor's finale. If you sit in the back it feels like your feet are going to be ripped off from your legs :).
Saturday, July 3, 2004 12:49 AM
Shivering Timbers and Legend.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 12:50 AM
Twister and GR. I hated everything about Boss, especially the helix.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 1:15 AM
Boss is an awesome ride with a very strong helix. I did not think that Thunderhead had a helix. It is more of a turnaround with a cross over...however if it counts, then it is awesome as all of Thunderhead's track is awesome. The helix on Wild One and Shivering Timbers are both strong. Legend's is okay but a bit overrated. If the run around Cyclop's station is considered a helix, it right up there in second place behind Beast.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 1:20 AM
I'll agree about Twister and Raptor. Raptor's helix is very strong, I love it. The S:ROS's helices aren't terrible, but we're talking wooden here. I also enjoyed SOB's helix. I seem to prefer helices on a sharp angle.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 1:33 AM said:
I would also venture to say The Legend at Holiday World and also The Boss at Six Flags St. Louis.

That's exactly what I was going to say!


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