Visitors to Steamboat Ski Resort may notice something just a bit different near the base around Christie Peak Express this season. Perhaps a new chairlift or more magic carpets? Maybe a new bouncy castle or climbing wall for kids to enjoy? A new après-ski destination for sampling adult beverages?
Nope. Think more imaginative and fun.
In fact, it’s an entire mountain coaster—the Outlaw Mountain Coaster—only the longest of its kind in North America (more than 6,280 linear feet).
Debuting September 2017, the coaster rises between 4 and 40 feet above the ground with dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles. Riding in a gravity-driven sled that feels like equal parts a roller-coaster car and alpine slide, the tubular, stainless-steel rail system features curves, hairpin turns and steep descents.
Beginning with a peaceful, automated ride lasting several minutes en route to the coaster’s apex—allowing quiet contemplation while anticipating squeals of panic on the ride down—individuals have the ability to control the sled’s speed via state-of-the-art brake technology. The sleds travel more than a mile (in roughly 10 minutes) on the elevated track, reaching speeds of up to 27 mph.
Too speedy for your taste? Not to worry, as the brake system automatically engages when, in the words of my 9-year-old son, “you try to drive too fast. Parents will appreciate that.”
Sleds can be driven individually or in pairs (with a driver who is 16 years or older), and riders must be at least 3 years old (minimum height, 38 inches). Children at least 54 inches tall can drive their own sled. Riders must have upper- and lower-body control, and be able to sit upright with head against the seat back (or driver).
Expected to operate year-round, tickets for the mountain coaster during the 2017-18 winter season can be purchased at the Ticket Office, or at the Adventure Depot located adjacent to the Christie Peak Express chairlift.
For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.