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May 27, 2004

America's First Halfpipe Coaster Opens In Denver

Halfpipe Overview, Six Flags Elitch Gardens
The Halfpipe coaster stands 100-feet tall, the track is 230 feet end-to-end and is powered by high-tech linear induction motors.

Halfpipe Close-Up, Six Flags Elitch Gardens

Denver, COSix Flags Elitch Gardens opens yet another thrill ride at Colorado's Coaster Capital – Halfpipe. A ten-story-tall structure, the Halfpipe is the first of its kind in America and is an exaggerated and exponentially exciting take on hitting the slopes with a snowboard.

"The Halfpipe is perfect for Six Flags Elitch Gardens and Colorado," said Tara Tongco, park spokesperson. "It's a tribute to the winter adventures the mountains offer and an outrageous thrill that everyone can enjoy – whether or not you've been on a snowboard."

Riders can spin countless 360s at heights of up to 10 stories high on a gigantic 39-foot-long board. Sixteen thrill-seeking riders sit safely in two circular cars that spin independently as the board carves its way up and down the tallest Halfpipe around. Each ride is unique, because weight distribution and gravity determine how the cars spin.

The Halfpipe is the second new, ground-breaking coaster at the park in the past few years. "Having yet another first at Six Flags Elitch Gardens is a thrilling honor," Tongco said. "In 2002, we had the first-ever Flying Coaster. Now, we have the first Halfpipe thrill ride in America."

The Halfpipe is located at the south end of the park, near the Boomerang coaster.

Photos courtesy of Six Flags Elitch Gardens. All rights reserved.