Half Pipe (roller coaster)

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Half Pipe
Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens
Coordinates 61°30′14″N 23°44′27″E / 61.503832°N 23.740832°E / 61.503832; 23.740832
Status Operating
Opening date April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)
Half Pipe at Särkänniemi at RCDB
Pictures of Half Pipe at Särkänniemi at RCDB
Elitch Gardens
Coordinates 39°44′53″N 105°00′53″W / 39.748027°N 105.014654°W / 39.748027; -105.014654
Status Operating
Opening date May 27, 2004 (2004-05-27)
Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens at RCDB
Pictures of Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens at RCDB
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched – Shuttle
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Half Pipe Coaster (30m)
Track layout Half pipe coaster
Lift/launch system LIM
Height 98.4 ft (30.0 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 229.7 ft (70.0 m)
Speed 43.5 mph (70.0 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:00
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 460-1100 riders per hour
Acceleration 43.5
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 52 in (132 cm)
Trains Single train with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 8 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.

Half Pipe is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at both Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado and at Särkänniemi in Tampere, Finland. It is 100 feet (30 m) in height and consists of 230 feet (70 m) of track.[1] It is currently one of two rides of its type offered in the United States (the other being Avatar Airbender at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America).

Riders are placed in one of two cars on the train which is made to resemble a giant skateboard. Each car is a free-spinning circle that holds eight people. The track is essentially a giant, upright "U" and trains are loaded at the bottom of it. LIM engines accelerate the train up both sides of the track. A typical ride consists of approximately five to six cycles of the train traveling through the track.

There is another Half Pipe, identical to the others, on top of the Don Quijote store in Roppongi, Tokyo. It was completed in December 2005, but it never opened, and remains closed.[2]

On October 5, 2013, the ride apparently derailed "and crashed" early in the morning. The park's site lists it as closed for the remainder of the season.[3]


  1. ^ "Half Pipe, Elitch Gardens". COASTER-net.com. March 14, 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Half Pipe  (Don Quijote)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  3. ^ Screamscape

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