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The Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Branson, Missouri

If you find yourself driving around Branson, Missouri keep your eyes open because besides the shows and motels you might spy Branson's newest thrill ride the Runaway Mountain Coaster at the Branson Adventure Park peeking out from behind the trees.

The Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Branson, Missouri

The Runaway Mountain Coaster is not a traditional roller coaster in the sense that once dispatched the ride is in control and you are just a rider.

The Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Branson, Missouri

It is a "mountain coaster" that like the alpine slides the preceded the rider has control over how fast or slow the ride is.

The Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Branson, Missouri

The Runaway Mountain Coaster has an extremely long lift hill  so let's get into a little history of these rides whole we work our way up..

The Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, Branson, Missouri

In the early 1970's mostly ski resorts looking for something to bring in some summer time revenue added "alpine slides" which were fiberglass, steel or concrete troughs that ran down the snow free ski slopes in which sleds with hand brakes gave a bobsled/coaster kind of experience riding on them.



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