Avalanche (Amusements of America)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Amusements of America (USA)
Location Travelling
Status Unknown
Operated 1999 to 2009
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Name Firecracker
Location Ocean City, Maryland, USA
Operated During 1998
Holiday World
Name Firecracker
Location Santa Claus, Indiana, USA
Operated 1981 to 1997
Geauga Lake
Name Cyclone
Location Aurora, Ohio, USA
Operated 1976 to 1980
Manufacturer Pinfari
Product Z47
Type Steel
Riders per train 4
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Inversions 0

Avalanche was a travelling steel roller coaster built by Italian manufacturer Pinfari previously owned by US carnival operator Amusements of America.


The ride first opened in 1976 at Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom, where it was called Cyclone. Cyclone closed in 1980, and was relocated to Holiday World, where it operated from 1981 to 1997 as the Blitzen and then the Firecracker.[1] It was then sold to John Hofeditz, who placed it at Jolly Roger Amusement Park during 1998 and later I-X Indoor Amusement Park from 1998 to 1999. It was then purchased by Amusements of America. The ride then made annual appearances at the Ohio State Fair from 1999 to 2009 under the name Avalanche.



Color scheme

Amusements of America

Blue track with yellow supports.

Jolly Roger Amusement Park and earlier

Red track with blue supports.

Geauga Lake

Black track with white supports.


Single cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car.


  1. Futrell, Jim. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 75 Years of America's First Theme Park. Quarry Books. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-253-06290-1.

External links

Articles on Holiday World
Articles on Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom