Insane Alpine Coaster - Quadruple dip YIKES!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:58 PM
I wish I knew the location of this. More than likely in Europe. Anyone know?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yBS4J6Q64OQ

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:02 PM
That looks scary!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:11 PM
Those things are awesome. I consider the one I rode in Colorado to be a top-ten steel coaster. It's one of the funnest rides I've ever experienced.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:40 PM
I like the fact that these are starting to pop up here in the states. They're such great rides. The one Glenwood Caverns is definately a fun ride, but some of the European ones look outright rediculous.

AV, were you able to do a brakeless run?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:27 PM
This one definitely looks more intense than the Glenwood one...

The only other ones I know of offhand here in the States are Mount Hood's and the one at Kentucky Action Park. But I haven't ridden those. Yet... ;)

No idea where this one is located...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:27 PM
I only got one ride and couldn't keep from tapping the brake when I started to feel really "tipsy" near the end of the ride. I was getting some scary laterals. Then I got a really sick from the altitude before I could re-ride and go all-out. :( Still, it was awesome and about the scariest coaster ride ever!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:29 PM
Bill, I think those are Alpine Slides you're thinking of.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:29 PM
^ LOL....oops, you're right.

At my size, I got tempted to hit the brakes on the Alpine coaster. I resisted. Barely.

You - must have been FLYING... :)

HAD to hit the brakes on the Slide at Heritage - some slow-poke was in front of me.

*** Edited 6/21/2007 3:34:03 AM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:39 PM
There's an Alpine coaster at Jiminy Peak, in Massachusetts, as well. I haven't been on it, but have seen POV of it, and the ride looked pretty good, from what I remember.

Gotta say though, this video doesn't really impress me. I guess it's one of those, You have to be there to really appreciate it type of rides.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:41 PM
I couldn't make it down without applying some brakes here and there. I think I could do it if it was properly banked for the higher speeds.

I don't remember where they are but I thought we had at least 3 alpine coasters in the U.S. now.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:00 AM

Incidentalist said:
I couldn't make it down without applying some brakes here and there. I think I could do it if it was properly banked for the higher speeds.

I don't remember where they are but I thought we had at least 3 alpine coasters in the U.S. now.


Look up one post.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:13 AM
Coasterphan, you sneaked one in on me. :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:14 AM
It looks like fun. I would not want to ride one when it is really cold, however.

I'm sure everyone has seen the video of the accident on this type of coaster. Here's my question: I understand that you are responsible for the braking throughout the course, but is there a brake-run at the end of the coaster? And how many "cars" are on the course at a single time? What type of restraints, if any, are used?

I wonder if they will ever sell these in a manner similar to Ikea! They don't look all that complicated. :D *** Edited 6/21/2007 4:15:37 AM UTC by Infamy***

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:17 AM
I remember one of these at a waterpark in Myrtle Beach when I was 14 Years old; 19 years ago. It couldn't possibly be the same kind of ride, could it?
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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:22 AM
Infamy,

If I remember correctly, you have a seatbelt setup similar to a car.

There are areas of the ride where you can't control your speed. There are rails that release the hand operated brakes and you travel on a conveyor belt.

On the Glenwood coaster these areas are pre and post lift (loading zone is post lift).

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:44 AM
Dexter, I think you're thinking of something like this:
http://www.rcdb.com/ig2709.htm?picture=2
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Thursday, June 21, 2007 7:57 AM
We rode the one at Jiminy Peak (called The Mountain Coaster) in October last year. It was very brisk and hats and gloves were needed. The lift hill takes you up the mountain for a couple of minutes. When released onto the course you control the speed with a hand brake. The speed can reach about 25 MPH if no brake is used. You can ride single or double. At the end of the run there are signs asking you to brake as you come into the brake run where you disembark. We made several runs without touching the brake.

The alpine slide, on the other hand, is insane without brakes. An almost wipeout taught us brakes should be used liberally.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:34 AM

swampfoxer said:
I wish I knew the location of this. More than likely in Europe. Anyone know?

The tag for the video says it's was in Italy. Also, there are five consecutive dips. not four.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:36 AM
I'd bet that video came from lifthill.net. They have quite a few alpine slide videos in their video section.

http://www.lifthill.net/videos_eng.php

The Todtnau looks pretty insane.

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