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Breckenridge: Alpine coaster ride proposed for Peak 8

A map from the Breckenridge planning department shows the proposed location of a new Alpine coaster. Click on the image for a larger view.

Planning commission to take a look at the plan during a March 16 meeting

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Breckenridge planning commission will soon get a chance to review plans for an alpine coaster ride proposed at Peak 8.

According to a staff report prepared for the March 16 meeting, the resort would like to place the 2,500-foot-long ride within a stand of lodgepole pines between the Twister and Dyersville ski trails.

A similar installation in Canada cost about $2.5 million. Nearby, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park boasts the Canyon Flyer, billed as the country’s first Alpine coaster.

The ride is aimed boosting animation at the base area and offering an improved entertainment experience to the guests and our community, according to the staff report.

The project would include installation of about 3,000 feet of steel track, tree clearing on about .61 acres and construction of a 540 square foot operations building and about half an acre of grading.

The staff report describes the coaster is an all-season ride similar to the existing Alpine Slide. The proposed coaster’s cars would be propelled up the track to the beginning of the launch point, similar to a roller coaster.

As proposed, the coaster would operate June 1 through Sept. 15 and from early November to Mid-April, with some nighttime operations. The 111-acre tract of land is zoned for low-density recreational uses. Planners said they don’t think the new attraction would have an impact on parking need, as it would probably be used by guests already on-site.

The staff report also concludes that existing containment systems for runoff and sediment would prevent any impacts to the watershed.

A 4,000-foot Alpine coaster track at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah is a popular amenity at that resort, which charges $20 per ride for adults.

Watch a video of the Alpine coaster ride at Vermont’s Jiminy Peak Mountain here.

Get the full staff report online at the Town of Breckenridge web site.

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2 Responses

  1. Breck is going with this idea rather than a 22 foot half pipe?!? Say goodbye to the Dew Tour or any other big competitions after next year. Contracts are up & who’s going to renew when Breck’s pipe falls well short of the new standard. Pro riders & skiers do not want to switch between 22 foot pipes & 18 foot pipes.

    This Alpine Coaster seems like such a waste of money. Breck should spend the money on dirt work in the summer to accommodate a 22 foot half pipe. Breck’s terrain parks have repeatedly been voted #1 by readers of various ski & snowboard publications . Let’s watch as those ratings disappear & the alpine coaster goes up. Way to lose sight of what’s important, Breck.

  2. vail needs to step up and figure out what they are going to do with the dead and dying trees on their leased land. They rather sink 2.5m into a roller coaster than taking care of forest health.

    Until vail comes up with a plan all expansions, silly gimmicks, and self serving ideas need to be put on hold. it’s time for the county commisioners to get a back bone and say no!

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