Last week, when we arrived in Breckenridge, it was a LOT colder than we expected, -5 degrees on Monday when we woke up! That, along with some major altitude sickness on my part, meant no skiing (Tazer and I had planned on heading over to the Ski School). After some food, plenty of Vitamin I, and some rest, I decided to take Tazer over to the mountain and reward him with some rides on the Gold Runner Coaster. The ride is 2,500 feet of coaster track on Breckenridge’s Peak 8. That meant a stroll through town and then a ride on the Gondola, always amazing views.
You can choose to ride the Coaster alone or with a friend on the 2-seat coaster cars, so we opted to stay together for our first run. The Coaster is controlled via hand brakes, so it’s up to you to decide how fast you go through the turns, dips and twists around and above the ski runs and through the forest. Minimal braking the first time and then no brakes the rest of the runs meant maximum speed and, for us, maximum fun.
Ticket options include a Single Ride Ticket ($16), Day Pass ($29) or Season Pass ($69), prices for 2013 season — I think I would have been disappointed with the cost of a single ride, so we opted for the Day Pass instead. We started at 11:00 AM when the Coaster opened, took a break for lunch, and rode until 1:30 PM or so. Total rides? 7 or 8 for me and 14 or 15 for Tazer — just over $2 a ride on average, and well worth it.
Gold Runner Coaster Video
If you’re in Breck and are looking for an alternative to skiing or snowboarding on the mountain, this is a good option. The Peak 8 base building is steps away, with bathrooms, lockers, and a food court (though it’s pricey, so consider bringing lunch). For summer there is the Alpine SuperSlide — choose from three different 2,600 foot long tracks and speed down the mountain on a variety of dips and banked turns. That looks like fun but no rails, so I can imagine quite a few people leave the track. 🙂