Erlebnisberg Golm in Montafon is home to one of Austria’s best alpine coasters, the Alpine-Coaster-Golm.
A gravity-powered alpine coaster, this is one of the top mountain attractions in the Montafon region and a fantastic activity for the whole family.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!
This guide features everything you need to know about riding the Alpine-Coaster-Golm, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
Table of Contents
- How Long is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
- How Fast is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
- What is An Alpine Coaster?
- How Much Does the Alpine-Coaster-Golm Cost?
- Where is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
- Operating Hours
- Rider Requirements
How Long is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
Starting at Latschau and finishing in Vandans, the Alpine-Coaster-Golm is 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) long and offers riders an exhilarating ride with 44 jumps, a 360° loop and 15 180° hairpin bends.
The total downhill ride time is 8 minutes, depending on your speed (alpine coasters have a manual brake so you’re able to control this).
How Fast is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
The Alpine-Coaster-Golm can reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h (25 mp/h).
As a safety feature, this alpine coaster is fitted with centrifugal brakes and ultramodern eddy current brakes at the valley station.
There is an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.
In addition, this alpine coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.
If 40 km/h (25 mp/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.
The brake lever is located between your legs, pulling it back to engage the brakes. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it and before you know it you’ll be cruising down the mountain.
What is An Alpine Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with alpine coasters (also known as mountain coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Alpine coasters are a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.
In addition, alpine coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust their descent speed. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.
If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.
And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
One of the great things about alpine coasters is that many people have filmed their experiences.
These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.
The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Alpine-Coaster-Golm.
One thing to be aware of though is that point-of-view videos can be a bit misleading.
The wide-angled lens makes the drops shallower and the ride seems way slower than it is in real life.
They provide a good idea of what the ride looks like but only real-world experience tells you how they feel. So get out there and try it for yourself.
These rides really are the perfect combination of an adrenaline rush and nature. If you happen to be in the area then this is an activity to add to your “to-do list”.
How Much Does the Alpine-Coaster-Golm Cost?
Prices for the Alpine-Coaster-Golm range from EUR 6.50 for a child to EUR 13.00 for an adult per ride.
You can find the latest price information on the website here.
Where is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm?
The Alpine-Coaster-Golm runs from Latschua to Vandans.
We recommend parking in front of the Golmerbahn in Vandans and taking the Golmerbhan (gondola) up to Latschua.
From there you can ride the alpine coater back to Vandans. The alpine coasters finish right next to the Golmerbahn valley station.
Below you’ll find a map of where the Alpine-Coaster-Golm is located:
Alpine-Coaster-Golm Operating Hours
The Alpine-Coaster-Golm operates in both summer and winter and in almost all conditions.
Actual operating hours are dependent on the season.
Winter operating hours are limited to weekends only from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.
Summer operating hours are daily from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
The summer season runs from the middle of May to the middle of October, with daily operations starting in June.
In all cases, we recommend checking the official website for opening times and operating status here.
It’s worth noting that to ensure riders’ safety, the Alpine-Coaster-Golm does not operate in heavy rain and thunderstorms.
As with any activity of this nature, there are age and height requirements to participate in the ride:
- Children must be a minimum of 3 years old and must ride with an adult.
- To ride alone, children must be 8 years + and a minim of 140 cm tall.
- Children below 8 must be accompanied by an adult (14 years +)
Before You Go..
The Alpine-Coaster-Golm is one of many alpine coasters for you to try out in Austria.
If you’re looking for alternative options then make sure you check out our article on the Best Alpine Coasters in Austria.