Avalanche (Kings Dominion)

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Kings Dominion
Location Doswell, Virginia, USA
Status Standing but not operating
Operated March 26, 1988 to 2020
Cost $3.5 million
Height restriction 40 inches (102 cm)
46 inches (117 cm) unaccompanied
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Type Steel - Bobsled
Riders per train 14
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 69 feet
Length 1905 feet
Inversions 0
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Avalanche is a Mack Rides bobsled roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. It was opened in 1988[1] and is currently the only Mack Rides bobsled coaster running in the United States. It is located in the African-themed Congo section of the amusement park.


Avalanche was built for a reported cost of $3.5 million. On March 22, 1988, a media day was held during which olympian bobsled racer Michael White rode the roller coaster. White noted that the roller coaster was "too slow", as he was "used to moving a little faster".[2] The ride then opened four days later on March 26, 1988.[3]

Avalanche has not opened in 2021 and is expected to remain closed for the rest of the year.[4]


Avalanche is 69 feet tall and has 1,905 feet of track.[2][5]


3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 14 riders per train.

The cars are based on Olympic bobsleds that represent five countries. The countries are France, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada.


  1. "From The Vault: Kings Dominion 1988 Brochure". NewsPlusNotes. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/12/from-vault-kings-dominion-1988-brochure.html. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ride gets Olympic trail", Daily Press (March 23, 1988), pp. 15. Retrieved on May 24, 2021.
  3. "New hotels ready for vacationers", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (March 25, 1988), pp. 54. Retrieved on May 25, 2021.
  4. "Kings Dominion". Screamscape. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210524184429/https://www.screamscape.com/html/kings_dominion.htm. Retrieved May 24, 2021. 
  5. "A renaissance launches coaster rides thrilling and chilling", Democrat and Chronicle (May 29, 1988), pp. 27. Retrieved on May 24, 2021.

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