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2012-09-29 01:19:48 PM  
Looks like a lot of fun.

Why in world do people have to put such terrible music(in my opinion anyway) on videos like this?
 
2012-09-29 01:29:10 PM  
I get the impression from the signage that it was only after the owners acquired the land, carved the track, poured the concrete and bought the carts that they realized "OH SHIAT THIS IS A LUGE OHSHIATOHSHIATOHSHIAT LIABILITEEEEEEEE"
 
2012-09-29 01:30:51 PM  
A quick mute and that was a cool vid.
 
2012-09-29 02:02:41 PM  
eh.

The video was sped up. Cheaters.
 
2012-09-29 02:03:28 PM  
where is one in america
 
2012-09-29 02:17:02 PM  
Not that anyone should care, but okay, well

the luge ride itself made me think jeans are probably better than shorts.

the music didn't seem so horrible

your comments about the music finally gave me a reason to see if soundhound will work on bluestacks and the answer is ... YES!

i.imgur.com

So thank you subby, and thank you all!
 
2012-09-29 02:26:28 PM  
I'll wear jeans, thank you. Shorts doesn't seem like the wise choice.
 
2012-09-29 02:31:36 PM  

ltdanman44: where is one in america


There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

www.oddtodd.com
 
2012-09-29 02:34:00 PM  

KidneyStone: ltdanman44: where is one in america

There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

[www.oddtodd.com image 300x223]


Now that I had to look it up, it was called the Alpine Slide. None of the following surprises me:



Action Park's alpine slide descended the mountain roughly below one of the ski area's chairlifts, resulting in much verbal harassment and sometimes spitting from passengers going up for their turn, who would often be entertained by the accidents they witnessed while at the same time hoping to avoid similar fates.[11]

The tracks themselves were made of concrete and fiberglass, which led to numerous serious abrasions on riders who took even mild spills. The tendency of some to ride in bathing suits so they could go on to Waterworld attractions afterwards made this problem worse.

The sleds themselves were a large factor in the injuries. A stick that was supposed to control speed led, in practice, to just two options on the infrequently maintained vehicles: extremely slow, and a speed described by one former employee as "death awaits."[6]

This slide led to the first fatality at the park, a head injury suffered in 1980 by an employee whose sled ran off the track; he then fell down a large embankment and hit his head on a rock, which killed him. Hay bales at the curves were meant to cushion the impact of those whose sleds jumped the track (a frequent occurrence), but did not always do so effectively. According to state records, in the years 1984 and 1985 the alpine slide produced 14 fractures and 26 head injuries.[6] While park officials regularly asserted its safety, saying that 90-year-old grandmothers could and did ride it, in the early years of the park the slide was responsible for the bulk of the accidents, injuries, lawsuits and state citations for safety violations.[6]

When Intrawest took over the park and renamed it Mountain Creek in spring 1998, they announced the slide would remain open for one final season. Riders were required to wear helmets and kneepads. The last day of the slide's operation was September 6 of that year, the day before the park closed for the season, as that year's Labor Day was rainy and the slide had to be closed.

The tracks were torn out afterwards, but the route can still be seen from the gondola that replaced the chairlift.[6]
 
2012-09-29 02:46:00 PM  
Hasn't New Zealand discovered lawyers yet?
 
2012-09-29 02:47:38 PM  
That's no luge....THIS is a luge.

...well, kind of. But it's a hellava lot faster.
 
2012-09-29 03:01:30 PM  
Or THIS.
 
2012-09-29 05:12:46 PM  
imagine that on rollerblades.
 
2012-09-29 05:31:43 PM  

KidneyStone: ltdanman44: where is one in america

There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

[www.oddtodd.com image 300x223]


There is a similar setup in Galena, Illinois. It has two parallel tracks leading down to the Mississippi River. My wife (then girlfriend) and I decided to have a friendly race to the bottom, and I quickly found out that her lighter weight was a distinct advantage. Never one who likes to lose, I let up completely on the brake, hit a curve, and went flying. I was able to get up and laugh about it, but as the adrenaline wore off, I realized that that big, bloody patch on my knee hurt like hell. I think it was the first time I ever realized that I am mortal.

All that being said, it was a HELL of a lot of fun!
 
2012-09-29 06:44:52 PM  

KidneyStone: ltdanman44: where is one in america

There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

[www.oddtodd.com image 300x223]


We have something like that at Bluemountain in Ontario. Hell of alot of fun
 
2012-09-29 09:07:00 PM  

ltdanman44: where is one in america


We would have to kill all the lawyers first, not that that is a bad thing.
 
2012-09-29 10:19:28 PM  

Minimum: Looks like a lot of fun.

Why in world do people have to put such terrible music(in my opinion anyway) on videos like this?


At least they didn't use dubstep
 
2012-09-29 10:21:44 PM  
That has got to be a lot more fun than those alpine slide rides!
 
2012-09-29 11:06:20 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: KidneyStone: ltdanman44: where is one in america

There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

[www.oddtodd.com image 300x223]

We have something like that at Bluemountain in Ontario. Hell of alot of fun


The old concrete one they took out about 15 years ago was exactly like the one KidneyStone is talking about. Last time I was on it was 1982 and crashes were common. Looking back it must have been a tort lawyer's wet dream.
 
2012-09-29 11:16:11 PM  
Nobody wrecked.

No girls got naked.

Song sucked ass.

0/10
 
2012-09-30 12:51:09 AM  

Tyrosine: Unoriginal_Username: KidneyStone: ltdanman44: where is one in america

There used to be something very similar at Vernon Valley in New Jersey. Instead of a road/path it was a fiberglass half pipe and you could go crazy fast on that thing.

I still vividly remember when my brother came up to fast behind me and knocked me off my sled. Felt like a slid a mile down that damned pipe and I had friction burns from my knee all the way to my head. That was over 30 years ago I can still remember getting in the shower...YEOOOOWOWWW! The f**ker still laughs about it lololol

This picture doesn't convey how fast you could really go on those sleds.

[www.oddtodd.com image 300x223]

We have something like that at Bluemountain in Ontario. Hell of alot of fun

The old concrete one they took out about 15 years ago was exactly like the one KidneyStone is talking about. Last time I was on it was 1982 and crashes were common. Looking back it must have been a tort lawyer's wet dream.


I did some extensive searching (by extensive I mean I typed Alpine Slide into Google and clicked search) and the US has several still running. I imagine there's a spiffy waiver to sign before you ride but what the hell, I'm pushing 50 and ready to sign and go scooting crazy down one again. Can't be more dangerous than riding a motorcycle in Metro Atlanta
 
2012-09-30 04:15:23 AM  

sabatoa: eh.

The video was sped up. Cheaters.


Nope. I've been down this ride on numerous occasions. Absolutely incredible fun, but the maximum speed you hit would be in the range of 40-60kph. Jeans are definitely a better idea than shorts, however it's not as dangerous as it looks. Unless you're like my brother and I when we race against each other of course, then all bets are off.

/Farking love Rotorua
 
2012-09-30 04:28:52 AM  

Bio-nic: imagine that on rollerblades.


It's easy if you try.
 
2012-09-30 09:17:55 AM  
Yes, it looked fun.

But, I judge a man by the shoes he wears.
 
2012-09-30 01:36:25 PM  
The same NZ company installed the same luge tech at the Skyline Luge at Mont Tremblant near Montreal, Canukistan.
 
2012-09-30 04:52:25 PM  
In NZ you can't sue for things like that. We have state paid accident and injury insurance. It is just great..... and fark the lawyers.... fark them in the ear. If things get to out of control the state will jump on the owners through health and saftey legislation.

However if you hurt yourself in car crash.... covered. Hurt yourself playing rugby......covered. Hurt yourself going warp factor twenty on the Rotorua .......breaks are for pussies luge...... covered.

By the the mountain biking in Rotorua is great. It is tourist town but there is heap of great cheap or free fun for locals and tourists in the town!
 
2012-09-30 11:28:05 PM  

ltdanman44: where is one in america


I remember going on one in Queechee, Vermont. I hope it's still there. Such fun!
 
2012-10-01 01:39:00 AM  
Cool video, but the music made me expect it to be an ad for a quirky Web 2.0 site.
 
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