This summer, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is promising a hand-waving — and hair-raising — wild ride with the unveiling of North America’s first Brandauer Mountain Coaster... "The Pipe".
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Set to amp things up this season (opening May 21), the single-track coaster will launch from the resort’s Revelation Lodge, travelling 1.4 kilometres (.8 mile) and dropping a heart-thumping 279 vertical metres (915 vertical feet), all while rushing through ski runs, thick forest and a tunnel. Thanks to its cutting-edge monorail construction — technology popular in Europe — fans are in for more than an average ride; unlike the typical dual-rail mountain coasters, this sleek design is built close to the ground, allowing enthusiasts to feel a rush similar to mountain biking.
As an added touch, participants can control their speed, which can clock in as high as 42 kilometres (26 miles) per hour. The coaster joins an expansive summer line-up of activity, including on-mountain hiking and sightseeing alongside sky-high heli-adventures in the Selkirk and Monashee mountains.
Story shared by Kootenay Rockies Tourism, photos by Ian Houghton.