Caverns’ Alpine Coaster gets 1 millionth rider |

Caverns’ Alpine Coaster gets 1 millionth rider

Staff Report
Tamara Ames of Vernal, Utah, during her turn as the 1 millionth rider of the Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park |

It’s been 10 years since the first Alpine Coaster in North America opened at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

On May 24, the coaster had its 1 millionth rider, the park said.

Tamara Ames of Vernal, Utah, won two Annual Thrill Passes, valued at $98 each, plus two commemorative T-shirts, two coffee mugs and two water bottles.

“Adding the Alpine Coaster really set the stage for where we are today,” said Nancy Heard, general manager for the park. “Even after 10 years, it’s still our most popular ride.”

The Alpine Coaster was one of several attractions added in 2005 to provide guests with something to do while they waited for their cave tours. It was manufactured and installed by Wiegand Sports of Germany.

“We would like to congratulate Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for achieving the 1-millionth-ride milestone on the Wiegand Alpine Coaster,” said Larry Hays, exclusive sales with Wiegand North America.

Last year, USA Today selected the Alpine Coaster as one of the 10 best roller-coaster rides.

The Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns is the longest one in Colorado. It features individual cars on tracks that race 3,400 feet through the trees and down the mountainside. The riders control their speeds, which gives them an exciting, hands-on experience as the cars maneuver the bumps, waves and hairpin turns in the track system.

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