The end of NASCAR: the ride

Friday, April 27, 2018 6:35 PM

Sad news from Timber Falls in Wisconsin Dells...Avalanche is going SBNO.

I've had a few visits, it certainly was an unbelievable ride those first few years. Not nearly as good a few years ago on the last visit. With those short trains, I remember describing it as "cartoonishly fast" on the first visit.

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Friday, April 27, 2018 11:26 PM

How are S&S woodies? Falken at Fårup Sommerland looks pretty solid.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:10 PM

Can't speak to Falken.

That crazy thing at Clementon, by any and every name (I rode as Tsunami, also has gone by Puma, J2, now HellCat), was an amazing but short-lived experience. By all accounts it deteriorated fairly quickly, and is now relatively rough and slow. I need a Gonchback, vaguely remember in my review in Year 1 saying "get to this thing now, it's unsustainably fast with its layout". The park ended up slowing it down to try and reduce the wear-and-tear. Leave mid-ride helices to steel coasters.

TimberHawk was considered more of a "family" wooden coaster when we rode - many years ago. I've heard lately that it's actually running better now with a little more aggression. The PNW weather is pretty much ideal for wooden coasters.

I tend to think the wooden coaster phase of S&S was based principally on Alan Schilke's design work.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:33 PM

rollergator said:

Sad news from Timber Falls in Wisconsin Dells...Avalanche is going SBNO.

I've had a few visits, it certainly was an unbelievable ride those first few years. Not nearly as good a few years ago on the last visit. With those short trains, I remember describing it as "cartoonishly fast" on the first visit.

Looking off of the RCDB pictures, it looks as if the trains have always been the same length... Three cars making for a total of six rows. Was there a modification in the trains?

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