MOUNTAIN COASTER OPENS ON AUGUST 7th, 2012
OPENING PARTY ON AUGUST 14th
Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, PA (July 24, 2012)…. Love roller coasters? Now you can love them even more by controlling the speed and the experience yourself with a Mountain Coaster coming to CBK Mountain Adventures on August 7th, CBK Mountain Adventures now offers guests more interactivity and even more fun. It’s in keeping with the Camelback experience that offers, depending upon the season, skiing, water sports, adventure, zip lines and more. It’s no wonder that more than 800,000 people visit the resort on an annual basis.
The Mountain Coaster: a 4500’ stainless steel track that’s 38’ up at its highest point, with two vast 360 degree turns. The coaster is a year round attraction that provides amazing visibility of the mountains, skiers, swimmers, sun worshipers, Flowriders, bungee jumpers, zip liners and more. It definitely delivers loads of fun every season.
“The Mountain Coaster is on a low impact track that is staked to the ground, providing an environmentally friendly, ecologically sound experience,” explained Ken Ellis, President of Aquatic Development Group and co-owner of Camelback Mountain Resort. “This is the wilderness and it’s important to keep it that way.”
The Mountain Coaster’s system pulls the car, which seats two people (maximum weight 350lbs) up the ski slopes of Camelback on the track. The “up” takes about 5 minutes as guests gain lots of visibility of the area. Then, as you get to the top, gravity takes over… but you control the speed and the brakes as you head down, gaining maximum speeds of 25 to 30 mph.
You must be at least nine years of age and a minimum of 52” to ride the mountain coaster by yourself…so it’s truly fun for all ages. To ride as a passenger, you must be at least 3 years old and 36” tall with a driver of at least 18 years of age.
“Camelback Mountain Resort is the place for fun 365 days a year. We opened the longest, twin Zip-Flyers in North America in April and now the Pocono Mountains’ only Mountain Coaster,” said Arthur B. Berry III, owner of Camelback Mountain Resort. Berry continued, “We are committed to continually improving our brand and bringing fun for the entire family to the Pocono Mountains.”
Safety is paramount on the Mountain Coaster and is built into the system. Get too close to the car in front of you and the brakes will automatically come on. Take your seat belt off, and again the brakes will come on for protection.
With less than 10 Mountain Coasters now operational in the United States, Camelback Mountain Resort is a leader in providing the newest interactive attractions at year round resorts. The Mountain Coaster joins the twin Zip-Flyers as two new family thrill activities introduced in 2012 as part of a 3 million dollar expansion this year to CBK Mountain Adventures. That follows on the heels of a 3 million dollar expansion at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark in 2011.
And, in the winter of 2012-2013, plans will be unveiled for the new 453-room Camelback Mountain Resort Hotel, complete with a 120,000 square feet INDOOR water park.
ABOUT CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT
All of the upgrades and expansions at Camelback Mountain Resort are the brainchildren of the Camelback Mountain Resort’s owners: Skidmore college roommates, Arthur B. Berry III and Kenneth Ellis. Art was an area resident who spent his childhood skiing at Camelback, and Ken followed his father into the swimming pool business, leading the Aquatic Development Group to become the preeminent waterpark builder in the United States. Now in its 49th year, Art and Ken purchased Camelback Resort in 2005. From 1963 to 1998 Camelback was a ski-only resort. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark opened in 1998, and then upon acquisition by Berry and Ellis, expansion, upgrades and a true commitment to the overall guest experience began, and shape the present and future of the resort. With 800,000 visitors annually, it’s clear that Berry and Ellis have brought a new level of experience, commitment, hospitality and innovation to the Camelback, the Pocono Mountains and the industry.
Camelback Mountain Resort is the umbrella name for the entire resort, as well as the winter resort that includes skiing and snowtubing.
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is the waterpark at Camelback Mountain Resort that is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
CBK Mountain Adventures is open weekends in April (dependant on winter operations closing), open 7 days a week in June (following the Camelbeach schedule) through Labor Day- then open weekends through November (also dependant on weather).
NOTE: The following update provided from Wiegand, GmbH — Wiegand, GmbH is the inventor of the mountain coaster, also known as the Alpine Coaster. Wiegand has installed over 160 Alpine Coasters worldwide, and more than 16 in North America, since 2006, of which 14 are in the U.S. The ride being installed at Camelback will be the first mountain coaster Aquatic Development has built. You can check Wiegand’s website for further information, www.wiegandslide.com