This Mack bobsled coaster – the only one operating in the USA at the time of writing – was quite a departure from anything I’d ridden previously, as I’d never ridden a coaster without tracks.  So this proved to be a refreshing change.  From the 69-foot lift hill, the train drops a mere 12 feet before negotiating a series of chutes.  While hardly an aggressive thrill ride, it affords reasonably good lateral G-forces.  The sinuous motion results in an out of control feeling.  Avalanche is nicely themed, with 7 cars per train designed to look like Olympic bobsleds from different countries.  This was a fun ride.  2 1/2 out of 5 stars.  For more information about rides at Kings Dominion, visit