Ride the Crystal Coaster

Look, Ma! No Brakes! Taylor and Jacob Hardt, on vacation from Virginia, cruise down the Crystal Coaster.

Look, Ma! No Brakes! Taylor and Jacob Hardt, on vacation from Virginia, cruise down the Crystal Coaster.

Photo courtesy of John Durkin

High-speed thrills on the family’s summer agenda? Cruise on over to Crystal Mountain in Thomsponville for a ride on the Crystal Coaster, a nearly 1/3-mile-long alpine slide down the mountainside.

Think of it as an iceless luge. Riders take the Loki triple chairlift to the top of the mountain, hop on a four-wheel sled powered by gravity and equipped with a hand brake, then cruise down one of two parallel 250-foot-high, 1,600-foot-long tracks that curve and dip down the mountain.

The Lowdown

How fast: As fast or slow as you want to go; a handbrake controls the sleds speed.

Who can ride: Kids of all ages—though only kids taller than 52" can ride solo. (Kids under 52" ride free on the same sled with a paying adult.)

How much: Single rides cost $8; a family of four an take a single ride for just $25 or spend an entire day on the alpine slide for just $69.

Other deets: Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Adventure Zone is your hook up to the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, the Totem Park obstacle course, nine-hole disc golf course and more family adventures. Find it at the base of the Loki slope in Camp Totem. Please call 1-800-968-7686, ext. 7500 for more information. 800-YOUR-MTN

Live webcam: crystalmountain.com

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