Resembling in idea its amusement park brethren, the mountain coaster is an open toboggan-style roller coaster that will snake its way around the mountain. Though the loop-de-loops will be missing, the ride will have enough twists, turns, bumps and drops to placate any thrill-seekers.
Slated to take its inaugural run in July of this year, the coaster is only the second such feature to be built on the east coast – the other being at Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts – and the fourth in the nation (Park City, Utah and Glenwood Springs, Colorado).
Construction begins in April and the coasters are manufactured by the German company Wiegand. The ride is designed for two people, but can be easily handled by one.
According to www.alpine-coaster.com, the feature uses maintenance-free stainless steel tubular rails located anywhere from just above the ground to slightly over 13 feet in the air. The runs are smooth and silent, meshing well with the surrounding alpine beauty.
Visit www.wispresort.com throughout the summer for construction and opening updates and rates.