Zip World FForest are to build an Alpine Coaster in the UK.
Plans for this thrilling downhill adventure were submitted to the Snowdonia National Park Planning Authority back in May 2016 and have now been approved.
Zip World boast that this will be the first ride of it’s type in the UK. Whilst this is in fact not true (a similar model operated at Stoke Ski Slope until 2006), it will be the only one of it’s kind when it does open.
We’ve been having a dig through the planning application and have uncovered the following facts. The Alpine Coaster will be built by German firm Wiegand, will feature a 100m altitude, 365m lift and a 710m course down through the trees. Here’s the layout:
As you can see, the lift is split into two parts, with a right hand bend connecting the both. Credit where it’s due, the layout does look fairly substantial and this is likely to prove a huge hit with those Coaster enthusiasts of the UK who haven’t yet been able to visit some of the Alpine Coasters out in Germany and Austria.
Also in the planning documents is an impression of the ride station, here it is:
The construction of the Alpine Coaster is set to be completed for a 2017 opening at the FForest site in Snowdonia, Wales, which already features the Powerfan Plummet, Skyride and a Treetop high ropes course.
In the mean time, check out this video of a similar length Alpine Coaster located in Utah, USA. Snowdonia’s coaster will be approximately 3,526ft long, where this one is 3,887ft.