Alpine slide

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The alpine slide in Heritage Square, Golden, Colorado

An alpine slide (sometimes denoted with its German name Sommerrodelbahn) is a long chute on the side of a hill, usually built by ski resorts to supplement summer income. A wheeled cart is used to navigate the slide. The ride is similar to a bobsled ride, except that it rolls over a smooth track—generally concrete, stainless steel, or fiberglass—rather than sliding on ice. The cart accommodates one or two passengers and is controlled by a hand brake located between the rider's legs. Pulling the hand brake handle causes the cart to stop; pushing or letting go of the handle causes the brakes to release, allowing the cart to accelerate. The ride is unique among amusement park rides in that the rider has complete control over his or her speed and ride experience. With this control comes responsibility: the rider must ensure the cart is not going too fast; otherwise the cart may overturn around curves, leading to possible injury or death.


Alpine slide walkway marking






  • Sankt Andreasberg (one concrete slide)
  • Sommerrodelbahn Burg Stargard (one steel slide)


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  1. ^ "Sommerrodelbahn Ossiacher See". (in German). Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  2. ^ "Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure Park - Rides and Activities in the Berkshires - Family activities in New England | Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, Massachusetts, MA". Archived from the original on 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  4. ^ "Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-12.

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