OT: Alpine Coasters
Resorts should offer this up with MTB park for more summertime revenue....
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Boreal used to have the Alpine Slide (in the 70's?). They were a hoot and wipeouts were common. I don't remember when they were removed, but they looked something like this:
rode them at Boreal in the mid-late 80s
think gnarly friction burns that never healed.
Better yet would be for resorts to have the winter version: Rodel
Way more fun, faster and maybe less dangerous. Ski resorts in Austria have top to bottom tracks... even more fun with a few beers in you.
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Dude, what is that coaster deal? That thing is sick! Where can I find one of those!?
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No brakes WoW. What if a tree has fallen on the tracks, do you bail off the coaster?
I think he did that run without using the brakes. Other video shows the cars and they have a brake lever.
Originally Posted by T-Tone
Prolly not in this country. Someone would screw-up, get hurt and sue them.
Originally Posted by mtnryder56
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The infamous Action Park had a track (or two?) of that way back. It was SO! MUCH! FUN!
You are so right. I can still see a spot of that on my elbow from 1980. Literally. 1980. The burn never really bled, but it never really healed either!
think gnarly friction burns that never healed
Also: given how much POV cams tend to flatten out terrain, that course looks especially rocking.
This gives me a reason to go to Europe!
They are planning on it. That's why the The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act was passed and signed in November. Many in the MTB community think that it will allow for ski areas on public lands to build more MTB specific trails, but it was really designed to let Vail Resorts -who approached Sen Udall about sponsoring the amendment- to build an Alpine Coaster on Vail Mountain. Most of the resorts aren't interested in building MTB trails as they see them as being too much expense for too little income -Whistler, N* (ironically now managed by Vail Resorts) and the like notwithstanding- since "we" generally don't spend the kind of money that they'd like us to and MTB'ers don't represent the "authentic mountain experience" that they are selling to the "normal" tourist.
Originally Posted by RipRoar
No need, they have one in Park City and at least two on the East Coast. With American liability concerns, they probably aren't as much fun as the Euro's though...
Originally Posted by fgiraffe
Here's Park City's:
Alpine Coaster Park City No Brakes - YouTube
They have one in Jackson, WY. Pretty fun, but still family friendly.
That is an alpine slide in Jackson, different than a coaster. The coaster is closer to a real amusement park roller coaster where you ride attached to a steel track almost entirely elevated off the ground while with the slide, you ride down unattached in a concrete chute that is mostly on the ground. Lot's of coasters in Europe, only 3 or 4 on North America.
Originally Posted by GuruAtma