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Ultimate Rollercoaster

March 9, 2004

America's First Half Pipe Coaster Coming to Denver

Denver, CO -- Forget snow. Forget the mountains. The most thrilling snowboard ride in Colorado is coming to downtown Denver at Six Flags Elitch Gardens.

In May 2004, Halfpipe becomes the newest addition to the collection of coasters and rides at Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Guests can spin countless 360s on a gigantic snowboard on their way to the rim of a 10-story tall halfpipe. And there's no need for snow!

Like the snow-covered halfpipes on mountain slopes, the Halfpipe at Six Flags Elitch Gardens promises to provide the same thrill and excitement of extreme winter adventures -- but without the cold temperatures.

Resting securely on the Halfpipe coaster track is a 39-by-10-foot-long snowboard on which there are two separate, freely-rotating circular cars. Each car carries eight riders facing outward, and spins on its axis as the board carves its way up and down the enormous 230-foot long, 100-foot high halfpipe.

The Halfpipe, designed and manufactured by Intamin, is absolutely the only ride of its kind in North America.

"You don't need snow to snowboard in Denver anymore," said Tara Tongco, Six Flags Elitch Gardens spokesperson. "Now you can board right in the middle of downtown Denver, on the tallest halfpipe around, with 16 of your wildest, bravest friends. The Halfpipe is the perfect addition to Six Flags Elitch Gardens. It's a tribute to the thrill of extreme snow sports and an outrageous experience that can't be found anywhere else in the country."

The Halfpipe will reside in the south end of the park, near the Boomerang coaster. Those who want to keep up with the weekly progress of ride construction can return to this site at www.sixflags.com/parks/elitchgardens. Photos and updates will be posted as the Halfpipe is constructed.

And with a 2004 season pass, thrill-seekers can ride the Halfpipe as much as they desire. Season passes are now on sale for the lowest price of the season at Front Range King Soopers stores or online at sixflags.com. New for 2004 -- Season pass holders can purchase season pass parking for $20!

"Last year we heard many Guests say to us that they wished we had season parking," Tongco said. "We listened. Now you can buy a season parking pass and visit as many times as you want, for one low price."

Six Flags Elitch Gardens opens for the 2004 season with weekend operation beginning April 24. Daily summer operations begin May 18. For more information visit sixflags.com.

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