The Blue Mountain Resort is home to Ontario’s first and only mountain coaster.
The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is a gravity-powered mountain coaster that is suitable 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 Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
It should come as no surprise that we think mountain coasters are one of the best activities that you can do.
These rides combine the thrill of a high-speed roller coaster with some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Located just outside of Collingwood and two hours north of Toronto, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is the first and only mountain coaster in Ontario.
A popular attraction in summer, this ride operates all year round providing riders with a unique experience depending on the season.
Fortunately for us, the team and the Blue Mountain Resort have put together two short videos giving you insight into what you can expect on this ride.
The first one below was filmed during the summer season:
The next video below gives you a good idea of what you can expect in the spectacular snow-covered winter months.
Although the mountain coaster is fitted with a protective shield in winter, we highly recommend you dress warm, bundle up and consider wearing ski goggles.
How Long is the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster?
Reaching a speed of up to 42 km/h (26mp/h), the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is 1,000m long and offers riders an exhilarating ride with multiple 360-degree loops, drops, and turns.
The total ride time is between 5 and 6 minutes.
The ride starts with a 4-minute cable-pulled ascent to the top. It’s a slow journey but it is definitely worth the wait.
At the top, the cart takes a turn to the right and the downhill section begins! Depending on your speed, the total ride time from top to bottom is about 1:50.
Mountain coasters are fitted with a manual brake, allowing riders to control the speed of their descent.
What is a Mountain Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Mountain coasters are a fantastic activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.
A great feature of mountain coasters is that they offer the option of two seats. This is great for parents with children that are too young to go on the ride alone.
In addition, mountain 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.
Another great feature of mountain coasters is that no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster Video
One of the great things about mountain coasters is that a lot of people have filmed their experiences.
This gives you the 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 Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.
It really is 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 Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster Cost?
In winter, riders can purchase tickets for a single ride.
The cost for a single ride on the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster this winter is as follows:
|Age||Price (Single Ride)|
|Tyke (4 and under)||$8 – $21|
|Youth (5 – 12)||$12 – $25|
|Young Adult (13 – 17)||$15 – $28|
|Adult (18+)||$18 – $31|
|Senior (65+)||$15 – $28|
In summer, the Ridge Runner Mountain coaster is included as part of Play-All-Day-Pass.
Ticket prices are dependent on the day you visit, with weekends being more expensive.
Below is a summary of the Play-All-Day-Pass prices:
|Tyke (4 and under)||$24 – $64|
|Youth (5 – 12)||$34 – $74|
|Young Adult (13 – 17)||$44 – $84|
|Adult (18+)||$49 – $89|
|Senior (65+)||$44 – $84|
Height, Age, and Other Restrictions
The key height, age, and other restrictions to participate in this ride are listed below.
These rules apply to both the summer and winter.
- Children riding as passengers must be at least 38″ (97cm) tall. There is no minimum age as long as they might the height and weight requirements.
- The minimum height for single riders is 137cm (54″) tall.
- If there are two people riding together, the minimum height for the passenger is 38″ (97cm) and the driver must be at least 54″ (137cm) and 16 years or older.
- The maximum weight per cart is 150kg (330 lbs).
- All riders must keep their feet inside the cart at all times.
- Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn. No bare feet allowed.
- Loose articles/clothing/hair are not permitted on the ride.
- It is recommended that pregnant women not ride this mountain coaster.
- No alcohol allowed.
The ride is accessible to people with limited mobility and other disabilities, as long as they ride with a support person.
Contact Details and Other information
150 Jozo Weider Blvd, Unit AY2, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P7
The mountain coaster is located just outside of Collingwood and about 2 hours north of Toronto.
The link to the official Blue Mountain website is here.
Monday – Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm
The mountain coaster operates year-round but this is weather permitting. We recommend checking on the conditions in advance.