According to Joe Eck, general manager for Wilderness Resort, “These new Slideboarding systems are so cool that when we experienced one in Las Vegas, we knew we had to be the first waterpark in the Midwest to have one!”
“Another cool thing about Slideboarding, and what makes this ride interactive, is that there is an app for your smartphone or tablet which you can download in advance of your stay to start practicing and to set up your own user account and rider preferences,” says Eck. “The app features an exact replica of the Wilderness slide so you can get the hang of how Slideboarding works and start to advance through its 60 levels. When your vacation is over, you can still have fun using the app.”
The Slideboarding system is the creation of WhiteWater, the original waterpark and attractions company. Industry experts are saying it is revolutionizing the waterslide industry by combining it with a smart gaming system that knows who you are and tracks your progress and scores through your run down the waterslide. There are currently only four Slideboard systems in the country in Las Vegas, the Poconos, Williamsburg, and Denver. It is designed to appeal to a wide variety of guests, from thrill seekers and gamers to moms and grandparents, offering excitement without being risky or feeling physically challenging.
The installation of the specialized LED lighting and other equipment for these slides will begin in September and will be completed by the end of the year. Klondike Kavern will remain open on the weekends throughout the construction process. However, all of the tube and body slides on the tower where the Slideboarding will be located are going to be closed during construction. The Hurricane thrill slide will remain open, as will the lazy river and the interactive play structure in the middle of the park.
“We want to thank everyone in advance for their patience while The Claim Jumper Challenge project is being completed,” says Eck. “We know it is going to be worth the wait.”
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