alpine slide

Alpine Slide

An alpine slide 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 cement, stainless steel, or even fiberglass rather than sliding on ice. The cart usually supports one or two passengers and is controlled by a hand brake located between the rider’s legs. It is quite simple, pulling the hand brake handle causes the cart to stop pushing or letting go of the handle causes to brakes to release and allow the cart to accelerate. The length of the ride is usually around 1/4 mile (400 meters). The great thing about this is that the rider has control over his or her speed and ride experience. However the rider does have to ensure that the cart is not going too fast, otherwise it is possible that the cart will overturn at curves causing the possibility of injury and sometimes death. After the first photo you can see where to find Alpine slides. At the end of the post you can also see a great video displaying how fun this actually is.
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