Grand opening event for the Thredbo Apline Coaster

We are thrilled to announce that, as of today, the first Wiegand Alpine Coaster 2.0 is officially open on the fifth continent.

At the beginning of the year, a large team consisting of four principal assemblers and eight assistants travelled to Canberra and then on to Thredbo, one of Australia’s most important winter sports resorts, to start assembling the almost 1.5 km-long Alpine Coaster. A classic Wiegand summer toboggan run in the shape of a trough has been in operation there since 1992.

The assemblers worked as part of several teams at various points during the installation. The client reported enthusiastically on the excellent cooperation between the teams and the rapid rate at which progress was being made on the project.

40 sleds that comfortably seat two adults are now available for guests to use to take a speedy ride down the approx. 1 km of varied downhill track.

Three circles alternating with straight sections and bends, waves, jumps, and bridges climbing up to 12 metres high provide an adrenaline rush for thrill-seekers.

Immediately after leaving the valley station, passengers are transported in their carts along a 30-metre-long tunnel situated beneath the ski slope before travelling up the mountain on the Wiegand lift system.

The entire track, which includes tunnels and bridges, makes it easy to run the ski slope and the Alpine Coaster concurrently without needing to carry out any modifications; and the all-weather track is a great alternative given the current lack of snow.

The Alpine Coaster 2.0 also comes with advanced driver assistance systems as standard, which include wear-free limiting and service brakes based on an eddy current.
A seatbelt lock and front and rear lights on the carts also ensure maximum possible safety.

And it doesn’t matter if it rains either: Overhead screens provide weather protection for passengers.

The storage system makes easy work of lifting carts that are not in use out of the ride and storing them inside the building.

Test guidelines are also very strict in Australia, but, as facilities such as the Alpine Coaster had never undergone any testing there before, the German TÜV was called over to Australia in May to test and approve the track for operation with the support of the responsible Australian authority – and the Alpine Coaster passed with flying colours. (See also

Australia’s first Alpine Coaster was opened to the public at the start of the winter season on 8 June and the attraction was tested by large groups of tourists and locals.

We would like to thank our customers for the trust they have placed in us and our partners for their excellent cooperation and hope that many of our guests come away from this new attraction with smiles on their faces.

We would also like to thank the entire installation crew for their dedicated work on site.

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Let’s go!

Circle being built during the construction phase

Progress being made

Unwanted visitors

Grand opening event on 8 June

Excitement is building


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