Mountain roller coaster coming to Okemo gets a name

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 29, 2010 10:02 am

As construction continues on Okemo Mountain Resort’s new mountain coaster attraction, the question of what to name it posed a conundrum. Okemo turned to its 9,000 Facebook followers for suggestions. A contest to name the mountain coaster garnered hundreds of responses and 25 finalists earned complimentary lift tickets to Okemo this winter. The winning name won a prize package of assorted ski and snowboard goodies that were rolled out daily during the contest. And the winning name is … Timber Ripper – a title fitting a coaster ride that winds through a forest, and one that offers a nod to the area’s logging history.

Timber Ripper is a four-season attraction that will offer a scenic and exhilarating ride through the forests and along the contours of the mountain at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Okemo is working with Alpine Recreation Ventures to install the roller-coaster-like ride manufactured by Wiegand. Firmly connected on maintenance-free stainless steel tubular rails, the Wiegand alpine coaster runs smoothly down the mountain. Sled-like cars are designed to carry two riders in comfort but can be handled easily by one. The drivers, riding in front, are in control of the speed and this gives them a unique hands-on experience, encouraging repeat visits.

Although originally slated to open Thanksgiving weekend, weather delays in construction have moved the target opening date for Timber Ripper to Dec. 11.

Tickets to ride Timber Ripper will be priced at $13 a ride for drivers and $9 for passengers. Multi-ride packages will be sold in three-, five-, and 10-ride increments. Group rates will also be available. Drivers must be at least 48″ tall to operate the sled and passengers must be more than 36″ tall to ride Timber Ripper. Hours of Operation will run from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Tickets may be purchased in the Jackson Gore Resort Services Desk area.

The ride will start and end near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area. Following a 1600-foot climb lasting about five minutes, riders will descend 375 vertical feet along 3100 feet of track that follows the contours of the mountain with added waves, camel backs and banking loops at a speed of up to 25 mph. Timber Ripper will operate year round in most weather conditions.