What type of coaster would you call this?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:24 PM
nasai's avatar Wow... amazing stuff. How many miles is that?

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Sunday, December 16, 2007 2:51 AM
Neat! I went on something like this at a salt mine in Germany when I was a kid.

"So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it."-Capa

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Sunday, December 16, 2007 3:57 AM
If that's the one I think it is then I've been on it - and it is scary as hell! Brilliant fun though :)

To answer the original poster, I don't personally consider it to be a coaster. It's an Alpine Slide.


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Sunday, December 16, 2007 4:04 PM
^Hmmm, I certainly wouldn't call it an Alpine Slide since the cars are not free wheeling in a trough like other Alpine Slides.

The car is locked to the track and runs downhill through a series of turns and hills, so IMO it qualifies as a coaster of sorts.

No need to start an argument over this though as the original question was already answered by superman.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007 4:46 PM
Whatever they'd charge, I'd pay it. It felt like I was following one of those ski-runs during the Olympics, except for being attached to a track. That was insanely long.

The last Alpine Slide I was on is at the KY Action Park in 06'. It's at the same exit for Mammoth Caves, and is conveniently located on the way to Beech Bend, or if you're coming from the other direction, to SFKK or PKI.

The first one I ever rode still exists and is at Attitash ski resort in Barttlett, NH.

If you're on your way to Kennywood, or going to other points East on the PA Turnpike, at exit 9 or 10 you can go to Seven Springs ski resort to ride their Alpine Slide.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007 5:47 PM
rollergator's avatar I thought we'd had this discussion before...

My criteria/classification: "Alpine coaster" has a wheeled vehicle and a rail that the car is attached too. "Alpine slide" has a wheeled vehicle and a trough.

I am in no way an authority...

....but it helps to have some sort of common nomenclature... ;)

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Monday, December 17, 2007 12:47 AM
I agree with Gator on his classification system.

Here is a video of the one in Glenwood Springs, CO.

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

I love these things! I want to see more of these in this country. Some of the Euro installations look super long and quite fun.

Although the tops in my book is the luge in Rotorua, New Zealand. Got air in one place when I rode them. No racing? Yeah right! ;)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QEhfQt7czJg&feature=related


Yeah is Good!
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Monday, December 17, 2007 5:59 PM
The last time I was on an alpine slide was um-teen years ago up at Lutsen Mountain in northern MN.

Like the Scotsman, I too recieved a good raspberry on my palm by mistakenly putting my hand out on the concrete trough instead of using the break lever. Just an automatic response.

Haven't been back since.

I would like to see one of these Rodelbahn type rides at a local ski area here in MN. But I think they would be rather short in comparison.


Thanks for another great season, VF!

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