Revelstoke roller coaster will send riders careening down ski hill – VIDEO

A roller coaster that takes people over a 279-metre drop down mountain in the Rockies is a few weeks away from opening at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

The Pipe mountain coaster needs a few final touches before thrill seekers get their first taste on May 21.

Travelling up to 42 km/h, people wind through tight forest paths, zoom through a tunnel, and sail over wide open plateaus with stunning mountain views.

The ride allows people to control their speed as they go down the 1.4 kilometre course.

“It has a bit of an edge to it, it brings you into nature — you interact with nature but it’s thrilling at the same time,” said Peter Nielsen, vice-president of operations at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

The coaster crosses some of the ski runs, so it has to be dismantled before winter and then rebuilt in the spring.

Mountain resorts across the country are trying to strengthen their summer activities so people see them as year-round destinations, instead of just ski hills.

“Having an attraction that is more than four months long is very helpful for our bottom line,” said Nielsen.

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