This press announcement just hit my email box, which got me wondering — what do you think about mountain coasters?
I'm talking about those alpine slide coasters that descend the slopes of a mountain. This one is the Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid, New York, which runs alongside the course of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Bobsled run on Mt. Van Hoevenberg. At more than 7,000 feet long, the manufacturer, ADG Mountainsides, calls it the longest mountain coaster in North America.
I vaguely remember riding a mountain coaster when I was a kid (maybe in Gatlinburg?), but haven't been on one since. Putting one next to a bobsled run seems brilliant to me, as that's a comparable experience that many people are watched, thanks to the Winter Olympics. The coaster cars here are even styled to look like a Team USA bobsled.
But the pacing on these seems far different from a roller coaster, since it's free fall all the way down, as opposed to the ever-flowing transitions between up and down that make roller coasters so much fun.
Maybe I will get back on one of these some day. But until then, I'd love to hear about your alpine/mountain coaster experiences. Which ones do you recommend to roller coaster and thrill ride fans?Tweet
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