Introducing SkySlide: The Glass Slide 1,000 Feet in the Air

The glass slide hovers above downtown Los Angeles.

— -- Thrill seekers rejoice.

This Saturday was the opening of SkySlide, a glass slide suspended 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and extends 45 feet down to the 69th floor.

The adrenaline-inducing ride lasts only a few seconds but promises a thrill as passengers glide down on a mat with nothing but 1¼-inch-thick glass separating them from the city below.

The slide is one of the building's many new features now open to the public at the top floors, now known as SkySpace. At the end of the slide is an open-air observation deck — the largest in the city — with 360-degree views of the city.

In 2013 property developer OUE acquired the building and began planning new ways to draw people other than office workers into the space. Work on the deck and slide began in 2014 and cost $31 million.

Tickets to get into SkySpace are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $19 for children ages 3 to 12. A ride on the SkySlide costs an extra $8.