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Thredbo’s new Alpine Coaster offers an adrenaline-pumping and fun experience on the mountain

Thredbo’s Alpine Coaster is great fun and a hit with visitors to the resort. Photo: Thredbo

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If the opening weekend is to be believed, Thredbo’s new Alpine Coaster is a successful addition to the resort, with hundreds of people lining up to ride the new attraction, including 13-year-old William Thompson who waited three hours to be the first in come. line on opening day

“The Alpine Coaster was really fun! The corners turn very quickly and it was just so good. I have already ridden it twice and I will definitely do it again,” said William.

After riding it a few times this week, I have to agree: it’s a lot of fun and certainly gets the blood pumping with a real sense of speed through a series of corners and rollovers. Speed ​​control is a matter for the passenger – keep your hands off the brake and you’ll feel the g-forces through the bends and have a few mild gut-punching moments. If you’re more of a cruiser and want to admire the scenery, retreat during the break to slow down to a more leisurely pace.

It is an impressive operation with 40 carts that can reach a maximum speed of 40 km per hour and a maximum acceleration of 19.6 km per second. The height difference between the valley and top stations is 130 meters, with an uphill track length of 410 meters and a downhill track length of 1.4 kilometers. With a total length of 1.5 kilometers, the Alpine Coaster course takes guests through a tunnel, bridges and circles that cross the beautiful mountain environment.

Mountainwatch filmmaker Jimmy Williams was on board as quickly as possible and managed to arrange a few extra rides as part of the job. “Once you’ve built up some speed, you’ll fly down the lower Thredbo mountain, through the snow gums, twisty bends and swirling through corkscrews.”

Open 365 days a year, a big plus for the Alpine Coaster, which operates all year round in all weather conditions. Not only is the roller coaster a perfect activity for non-skiers/snowboarders or mountain bikers, but the adrenaline seekers can still indulge in the Alpine Coaster. It is an attraction that the whole family can enjoy.

Thredbo General Manager Stuart Diver said the Alpine Coaster aligns with the resort’s focus on providing a premium guest experience and EVT’s overarching strategic focus to create experiences that escape the ordinary.

The Alpine Coaster meanders through the snow gums above the village. Photo: Thredbo

“The Alpine Coaster is a world-class attraction for the Snowy Mountains and will greatly support local tourism all year round, Mr Diver said. “It offers a fun new snow experience in winter, builds on our wide range of outdoor adventures in summer and will be a draw in the shoulder seasons.”

* Construction of the Thredbo Alpine Coaster began in October 2023 and was completed in May 2024. As part of the construction, the Alpine Coaster has undergone safety testing by independent third-party engineers.

Thredbo Resort is committed to preserving, protecting and prioritizing its unique alpine environment. Together with Red Energy, Thredbo is proud to power the Alpine Coaster and all resort operations with 100% renewable energy.