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Sentosa Luge opens

Source: www.sentosa.com.sg

The first attraction of its kind in Southeast Asia, Sentosa Luge is ready to go-cart you on a 650m downhill fun ride

The lush green landscape and the stunning beachfront are all a blur as you hurtle down the winding downhill track through the trees and race through the bends. Whiz down or cruise leisurely. Then hop on the chairlift and do it all again.
Opened on 30 Aug 2005, Sentosa Luge offers 650 metres of fast-paced freedom. And because this fun, wacky ride doesn¡¯t even need a driving license, once is never enough!
Originally created in New Zealand, luge is a fun-filled gravity ride on a three-wheel cart using a unique braking and steering system that gives the rider full control.
The non motorized cart operates on the principle of gravity and provides a fun ride on a downward gradient. Riders are totally in control of how laid-back or thrilling they want their ride to be. Go fast, go slow, stop, you decide.
Situated on a hilltop opposite Carlsberg Sky Tower at Imbiah Lookout¡¯s cluster of attractions, the Sentosa Luge tracks wind 650 metres down through greenery to finish at Siloso Beach, Singapore¡¯s hippest beach. The four-seater chairlift then takes riders and luge carts back to the top to do it all again!
¡°We are excited to bring this fun New Zealand invention to Singapore. With its beautiful green landscape and excellent beaches, Sentosa is the ideal pioneer location in Southeast Asia for the luge,¡± said Bruce Thomasen, General Manager of Sentosa Luge
¡°The luge is very popular with youth and families in New Zealand, Canada and Japan. We hope Sentosa Luge will give Singaporeans and overseas guests a taste of adrenaline right here on Sentosa,¡± said Darrell Metzger, Chief Executive Officer of Sentosa Leisure Group, ¡°The Sentosa Luge is also unique because of its connectivity between the beaches and the hilltop through the chairlift.¡±
Safety on the Luge
All luge riders receive a full safety briefing from trained staff prior to their luge ride along with a Code of Conduct so riders are assured that the luge is safe for all ages.
Each rider is fully instructed and made to wear a safety helmet before the ride commences. Riders must be at least 110cm tall to ride the luge on their own, or otherwise double up with an adult. To ride the chairlift children must be over 90cm tall.
Although safe for all ages, common restrictions apply. To ride the luge, riders must be in good health and free of heart conditions, motion sickness, epilepsy, back & neck problems and other physical limitations. Expectant mothers cannot ride.
This new attraction can host 800 rides while the chairlift can move up to 1,600 people within an hour. Each downhill ride can be anywhere from one minute for a fast rider to five minutes for a slow one. The chairlift ride lasts about five minutes in one direction.
Created in Rotorua, New Zealand where the bungee and zorb ball originated, the luge has hosted over 13 million rides in its country of origin. The attraction has also proven immensely popular in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada and Japan.
Price
A single ride on the luge costs S$8
SPECIAL: Two rides cost S$15 [with a FREE third ride]
A family pass of four rides costs S$20
A family package of eight rides costs S$35
Note: All rides include a ride on the chairlift. Guests can also buy a one way ride on the chairlift to access Siloso Beach from Imbiah Lookout or vice versa for S$2. Sentosa Luge has two access points, the chairlift top station and luge start point is situated on a hilltop opposite the Carlsberg Sky Tower. The bottom chairlift station and the end of the luge run is located at Siloso beach.
Operating hours
10am to at least 6pm on weekdays
10am to 7.30pm on weekends
Note: Night luging will start before the end of year.
Sentosa Luge Quick Stats
One Track: 4 metre wide reinforced concrete, 650m long
Carts: 3-wheeled with polyethylene body, each cart weighing 30kg
Capacity: 800 people/hour

Source: www.sentosa.com.sg Press Release 30 Aug 2005

Related Article:
Sentosa to get Asia's first luge attraction in 2005

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