Later this season, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is promising a hand-waving — and hair-raising — wild ride with the unveiling of North America’s first Brandauer Mountain Coaster… known by the locals as the “The Pipe” in Revelstoke!
The single-track coaster will launch from 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 in the Selkirk and Monashee mountains.
Know Before You Go – Upcoming travel plans? Living in the mountains can come with unexpected changes in weather patterns. Even in the warmer months, it is very important to check highway conditions and travel advisories. Drive BC is a great resource with real-time webcams and road statuses.
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~ Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays
~ Our Extreme Adventures in the Kootenays
~ Revel-Stoked on Community, Mountains and Powder
~ Slackcountry Touring at our Powder Highway Resorts
~ Sledding Events & Tours in the Kootenays
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~ Up the Ante: Powder Highway Day Cat & Heli Packages
Story shared by Destination BC; all photos by Ian Houghton.
(Original published date: April 7, 2016)