I'm writing this it's coming up to 20 years since I first rode
Nemesis. That means it will
have been my favourite steel coaster for 20 years. It's looking more
and more like I'll have to travel further afield to find something
to knock it off it's number one spot, as the options in Europe are
drying up. I can only think off 2 European coasters I haven't ridden
(interestingly I'm considering a trip where I will do one in a few
months, so Nemesis may still just miss the 20 year mark) that could
knock it off the top spot.
again something could come along as a complete surprise. Shambhala
isn't a ride I thought would make my top 10, let alone rank after
Nemesis as my second favourite steel coaster. Admittedly it has some
impressive stats, at just under 250 foot high it's Europe's tallest
roller coaster. It has an impressive first drop followed by numerous
high hills. I've done quite a few rides
on a similar idea, some I found under whelming, not offering more
than a good first drop. Some fared a little better, but there had
been nothing to trouble my top 10.
previous examples have had good first drops, but the one on
Shambhala blows away the competition in terms of scary thrills and
intensity. This is more than a one trick ride though, you continue
over the hills where not only experience a high amount of speed, but
a beautiful burst of floaty air time
lifting you out of your seat. Every hill feels like a work of genius
as it magically lifts you out of your seat.
Overall this is an absolute must do. Thanks to low cost airlines you
can organise a couple of nights in Barcelona relatively cheaply, and
this ride alone would justify the effort of a short trip. When you
pair this with Dragon Kahn and several other great coasters, how
could you not make this a priority?