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LA Skyslide: An Adrenaline Roller Coaster

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Try the newly opened Skyslide at the tallest building west of the Mississippi river for an adrenaline roller coaster. Built 1,000 feet above the city at the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Skyslide is a shaft made of 1.5 inch thick hardened glass. It is attached to the outside of the building, and visitors can shuttle to the 69th floor from the 70th in 5 seconds. Compared to the glass-bottomed viewing decks and bridges, this slide hovering above city sidewalks is outrageously terrifying and thrilling only when you look at it from a distance. The real experience takes such a short time that one hardly gets the chance to feel the thrill! To ride, one gets into mat and pulls it up to the waist and slides down the shaft. Only one person can go at a time.

This forty-five feet long and approximately 4 feet wide worm-like chute has become the Instagram staple lately. As a part of the OUE Skyspace LA, a rooftop observatory where visitors can enjoy heart pounding views of Los Angeles from the mountains out to the ocean, the Skyslide boasts to be the first of its kind in the world. Visitors to Los Angeles hardly miss the chance to have a panoramic view of the LA basin with the added pleasure of the slide.

The Skyslide is constructed by OUE, a developer group based in Singapore. OUE purchased the skyscraper in 2013 and has spent $50 million for renovation to the upper floors of the tower. The slide itself took almost $4 million. After three years of marvelous renovation, the observation deck and the Skyslide have been opened to the public last month.

However, the one visitor, a 57 year old Gayle Yashar has already filed a suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court against OUE claiming that she broke her ankle because of the faulty design of the slide. She also claims that the slide doesn’t give riders enough time to slow down at its base.

The Skyslide is just a small part of the huge observation deck that comes with options for dining, shopping, and other activities. With $33, one can enjoy the timed stay at the deck and feel the thrill of the slide as well. This has already become a hot tourist attraction and got huge media coverage.

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Nazla Fatmi

Nazla Fatmi is an assistant professor of English at Eastern University. She writes on culture, fashion, and lifestyles.

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