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An alpine coaster is basically a long chute on the side of a hill, usually built by ski resorts to supplement summer income. A wheeled cart is used to navigate the slide. The ride is similar to a bobsled ride, except that it rolls over a smooth track – generally cement, stainless steel, or fiberglass – rather than sliding on ice. The cart accommodates one or two passengers and is controlled by a hand brake located between the rider’s legs. Continue reading for more.