California’s first and only mountain coaster has opened in Big Bear Lake.
The new Mineshaft Coaster, at the year-round family entertainment center Alpine Slide, is built directly into the mountainside and stretches over one mile as it twists and turns through the natural curves of the landscape.
“The Mineshaft Coaster has so much character from start to finish. It’s the perfect remedy for families that have been cooped up for months. We anticipate lots of pent-up demand for a thrill ride of this caliber.”
– Alpine Slide Big Bear Manager Julie Eubanks
The Mineshaft Coaster provides breathtaking views of mountain scenery and Big Bear Lake, while offering 150-foot descents, dips, rollers, twists, hairpin turns, tunnels, bridges, and 360-degree corkscrew loops. Each cart is user-operated, which means each rider (or pair of riders) controls their speed with a side-lever braking system. This allows riders to take a mellow kid-friendly cruise through the alpine forest or fully accelerate and race past the evergreen trees at max speeds of 30 miles per hour.
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Mineshaft Coaster is open year-round (weather-dependent). Operating hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A single-ride ticket is $20 for riders over 54 inches tall, and a child ticket is $10. Kids must be a minimum of 3 years old and between 38 and 54 inches tall to ride with a driver 18 years or older.
To ensure guest safety, the attraction will adhere to the most current COVID-19 guidelines. Face coverings are encouraged, and guests will be asked to follow all necessary safety and health practices.