What is a Mountain Coaster

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Mountain Coaster, what is it!

Our Mountain Coaster is a unique style of a roller coaster. It features an elevated track that sends you down an incline up to 30 MPH. Mountain coasters were (also known as Alpine coasters) invented in the mid-1990s in Europe.

Josef wiegand

The predecessor to the mountain coaster is the alpine slide, which came out in the 1970s. A German company installed the first stainless steel tracks for the alpine slide in 1975. They did the stainless steel rather than the customary fiberglass or concrete tracks. The company later developed the first mountain coasters in 1997. Josef Wiegand envisioned the idea of creating a coaster-type ride for ski resorts.  This ride would take advantage of the topography of the land. As opposed to building the structure to create the elevation changes that traditional roller coasters need.  Each sled can accommodate one or two passengers and controlled by a hand brake located on both sides of the car. We ask to place their hands on the brakes at all times for safety reasons.  Pulling back on the hand brake handle causes the cart to stop. Pushing down on the handle causes the brakes to release. Riders can control the speed at which they descend the mountain.


Most cars are now equipped with a centrifugal brake system. That system controls the speed by limiting the rotational speed of run rollers by 30 MPH. Riders are responsible to observe a safe distance as a common courtesy to the riders in front. Each car is now equipped with shock-absorbing front and rear bumpers in case of a collision. This occurs when riders are driving too fast and not leaving space for braking distance. Our New generation of Wiegand coasters is now equipped with an anti-collision system. They apply the brakes if the rider gets too close to the car ahead. To secure the riders on their seats, each car is now equipped with a three-point safety belt for the rider. There is also a lap belt for the passenger. Tracks also have safety nets, especially on steep curves, as a precaution.