If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure then we can’t think of a more exciting family-friendly ride than the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster.
The Timer Ripper Mountain Coaster, located at the Okemo Mountain Resort in Central Vermont, offers an exhilarating ride through alpine forests and along the contours of the mountain at Okemo’s Jackson Gore.
So if you’re looking for more information on the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster then you have come to the right place!
In this article, we provide a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to experience this one-of-a-kind attraction so keep reading to find out more.
- How Long is the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster?
- How Fast is the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster?
- What is a Mountain Coaster?
- Operating Hours
- Rider Requirements
- Location and How To Get There
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Long is the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster?
The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster is 4,700 ft (1,433m) long and offers riders an exhilarating ride down the mountain.
With a total vertical drop of over 375 ft (114m), the track includes switchbacks, 360-degree loops and multiple twists and turns.
The ride starts with a 1,600 ft (448m) cable-pulled ascent to the top, followed by a 3,100 ft (945m) high-speed descent to the bottom.
The total ride time is about 6 minutes.
This includes a 4-minute ride to the top and, depending on your speed, about a 2-minute ride to the bottom.
How Fast is the Timer Ripper Mountain Coaster?
The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster can reach a maximum speed of 25 mp/h (40 km/h).
As a safety feature, this mountain coaster has an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.
In addition, this mountain coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.
If 25 mp/h (40 km/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.
The brake levers are located on either side of the cart. You pull them 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 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 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 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, 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.
And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster Video
One of the great things about mountain coasters is that many people have filmed their ride experiences.
Below is a short, first-person view, of what you can expect on the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster.
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!
This video shows the full ride experience including the 4-minute ride to the top. If you’re only interested in the downhill section then skip to 3:57.
How Much Does the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster Cost?
At the time of writing, the cost to ride the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster was as follows:
|1 Ride (Driver) ages 8+
|1 Ride (Passenger) ages 3+
|3 Rides (Driver) ages 8+
|3 Rides (Passenger) ages 3+
Some important information to note regarding ticket purchases:
- Prices do not include Vermont Sales Tax (6%).
- Only credit and debit cards are accepted. No cash.
- Online purchases must be purchased at least one day in advance.
You can purchase your tickets online on the official Okemo website here.
Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster Operating Hours
The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster operates during the summer and winter seasons.
In summer, the mountain coaster typically opens in mid-June and closes around the middle of October each year.
Operating hours for the 2023 summer season are as follows:
|June 17 – September 4
|Thursday – Monday
|10:00 am – 5:00 pm
|September 9 – October 8
|Saturday & Sunday
|10:00 am – 6:00 pm
In winter, the mountain coaster typically opens in late December and closes in the middle of April at the end of the winter season.
Operating hours for the winter season are as follows:
|Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
|11:00 am – 5:00 pm
|Saturdays & Holidays*
|11:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Holiday dates are as follows: December 23 – January 03, January 14th – 16th, and February 17th – 26th.
The key height and age restrictions to participate in this ride are listed below:
- Children must be at least 3 years old and 36″ (91cm) tall.
- The minimum height for single riders is 52″ (132cm).
- The minimum age for single riders is 8 years old.
- If there are two people riding together, the minimum height for the passenger is 36″ (91cm) and the driver must be at least 52″ (132cm) and 16 years or older.
- The maximum weight per cart is 350 lbs (158kg).
Location and How To Get There
The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster is located at the Okemo Ski Resort in Central Vermont.
You’ll find the mountain coaster in the Jackson Gore base area, near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift.
Directions to the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster can also be found on the map below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Okemo have a mountain coaster?
Yes – the Okemo Ski Resort in Vermont has a 4,700 ft (1,433m) long mountain coaster known as the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster that operates in both the summer and winter seasons.
Before You Go..
The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster is not the only mountain coaster in Vermont.
So if you enjoy the thrill of these rides and you’re looking for something new then make you check out our complete guide to Vermont’s Alpine Slides and Mountain Coasters.