Ski Resort Mountain Coasters: Complete North American List- ©Copper Mountain

Copper's Rocky Mountain Coaster is 5,800 feet long, descending 430 vertical feet.

Copyright: Copper Mountain

After a dismal December, one of the worst snow years and ski season starts for Colorado in decades was pointing and laughing at our family’s annual ski trip. Yet here we were at Copper Mountain in early January, thinking about how great the snow on the sides of the runs was holding up considering (and compared to the other ski resort we’d just ice skated for only two of a planned four days to ring in 2018). But the laughs and woohooing coming from just below the canopy would tell a different story. 

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A pristine glade stash? It was not. From the American Flyer lift, we watched person after delighted person speed and slither through the trees on Copper Mountain’s new Rocky Mountain Coaster, which opened December 2017. Alpine coaster riders descend about as fast as the average skier on a well-chosen, albeit predetermined line of adventure. But still, I had to wonder: were mountain coaster passengers having as much fun as the skiers on the mountain? 

One indicator may perhaps be the number of mountain coasters going up at ski resorts, especially trending in Colorado with new rides popping up at Copper, Steamboat, Snowmass and one still yet to be opened at Purgatory. Likened to an alpine slide on rails, this type of attraction has become a popular destination diversifier as ski resorts in North America start to resemble those in Europe in the way they cater to non-skiing guests all year long. Mountain travelers who opt out of skiing for any number of reasons, it would appear, will no longer be relegated to the tubing hill, the shopping strip or all-day après (après snowshoe, that is)

"While we did see a fair number of guests coming just for the coaster, in general, even skiers and riders are looking for more activities to do at ski resorts other than skiing and riding," Copper Mountain's Public Relations Manager, Taylor Prather says of the resort's first winter operating the Rocky Mountain Coaster. "There were plenty of Coaster riders going up and down in their ski boots, all hours of the day, so many are simply taking a break from the slopes for a little fun in between runs."

For those destination/overnight visitors who don’t ski or don’t want to ski every day, Copper's coaster is a great activity to complement their vacations, Prather adds. Similarly, Steamboat is seeing "a combination of use," according to the mountain's Sr. Communications Manager, Loryn Kasten. 

"Many skiers and snowboarders ride the mountain coaster when they’re not sliding on the slopes (a day off, during the evening hours, etc). Steamboat guests who like the snow but don’t ski or snowboard love the mountain coaster because it allows them to be on the mountain in another way." 

Alpine coasters are as fun as they look.  - © Dan Bayer

Alpine coasters are as fun as they look.

Copyright: Dan Bayer

Snowmass' alpine coaster debuted in December of 2017 "as part of our Lost Forest project to provide multi-season, non-ski activities for guests," reports Public Relations Manager, Tucker Vest Burton, who mentions accessibility—for all ages, athletic abilities and families—as a key draw.

While similar in usage, speed and scenery, mountain coasters across different ski resorts appear to differ in their course elements and through one other fundamental feature: braking. "The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is a user-operated ride," says Vest Burton. "Drivers are responsible for controlling their speed, maintaining a safe distance between sleds and stopping at the finish." At Copper, however, an automatic braking system manages the distance between coaster carts, but riders can also control speed with manual hand brakes. Steamboat emphasizes safety with a hands-on braking system: "Guests engage the sled by pushing the side levers down. When they want to brake, they raise the levers, allowing them to control their own speed. If a guest takes their hands off the levers, the sled stops," Kasten says. "Controlling one's speed during the ride is the key to a fun, safe ride." 

Ski Resort Mountain Coasters in the U.S. & Canada

Looking to get your coast on? Check out this list of ski resort alpine coasters across North America organized by region and length, many of which are set up to thrill year-round, come snow or shine. Don't see your favorite mountain coaster on our list? Contact Feedback_OTS@mountainnews.com and let us know what we're missing. Editors' Note: Operating hours and prices change throughout the year and may vary from what’s published here. Please click through to check with the resort directly.

Rockies Mountain Coasters 


Outlaw Mountain Coaster, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

• Ride Length: 6,280 linear feet, descending 400 vertical feet
• Location: Near Christie Peak Express
• Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
• Fun Facts: The longest coaster in North America, which takes about 10 minutes, The Outlaw Mountain Coaster rises up to 40 feet above the ground and cruises at speeds up to 27 mph.
Many skiers and snowboarders ride the mountain coaster when they’re not sliding on the slopes.  - © Larry Pierce/Steamboat Ski Resort

Many skiers and snowboarders ride the mountain coaster when they’re not sliding on the slopes.

Copyright: Larry Pierce/Steamboat Ski Resort

Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper, Colorado  

• Ride Length: 5,800, descending 430 vertical feet
• Location: Next to the American Flyer Lift
• Cost: $25 for a driver, $10 for a passenger
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily
• Fun Facts: Average grade for the Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper is 10.9 percent. 

A view of Copper Mountain's Rocky Mountain Coaster from above  - © Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort

A view of Copper Mountain's Rocky Mountain Coaster from above

Copyright: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, Snowmass, Colorado

• Ride Length: More than a mile
• Location: Adjacent to Elk Camp Restaurant
• Cost: Depends on the package purchased
• Operating hours: Activity session reservations required
• Fun Facts: Operates at night during Ullr Nights festivities and special holidays
The Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.  - © Aspen Skiing Company

The Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.

Copyright: Aspen Skiing Company

 

Glade Runner Mountain Coaster, Bogus Basin, Idaho

• Ride Length: 4,330 feet 
• Location: Simplot Lodge Base Area
• Cost: Single Ride $15, Tandem Ride $25 
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. seven days a week in the summer; winter hours vary  
• Fun Facts: Idaho’s only mountain coaster 

Bogus Basin's Glade Runner Mountain Coaster is one of a kind in Idaho.  - © Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin's Glade Runner Mountain Coaster is one of a kind in Idaho.

Copyright: Bogus Basin

 

Inferno Mountain Coaster, Purgatory Resort, Colorado

• Ride Length: 4,000 feet
• Location: Near the Eolus building and Twilight Lift 4
• Cost: $20 for one rider, $30 for two riders
• Operating hours: Opening Date TBD; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. extended weekend hours
 
 

Park City Alpine Coaster, Utah

• Ride Length: Nearly 4,000 feet
• Location: Part of the Park City Mountain Adventure Park located in the Park City Mountain Village  
• Cost: $26 for a driver, $10 for a passenger
• Operating hours: Friday, May 25–Monday, September 3: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday; Tuesday, September 4–Sunday, September 30: Thursday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 
• Fun Facts: Speeds up to 30 mph 


Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, Vail, Colorado

• Ride Length: 3,400 feet
• Location: Epic Discovery
• Cost: $27
• Operating Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 
• Fun Facts: The Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster follows the natural contours of the landscape as it winds down the mountain. 
The Forest Flyer coaster at Vail is part of its Epic Discovery.  - © Andrew Taylor, Vail Resorts

The Forest Flyer coaster at Vail is part of its Epic Discovery.

Copyright: Andrew Taylor, Vail Resorts


Cowboy Coaster, Snow King Mountain, Wyoming

• Ride Length: 3,295 feet, descending 456 vertical feet
• Location: Base area
• Cost: $21 for a driver, $10 for a passenger
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (early summer hours)
• Fun Facts: The track gets as high as 43 feet off the ground and features four circles and six bridges.


Snowbird Mountain Coaster

• Ride Length: 3,120 feet
• Location: Near the base of the Peruvian Express chairlift outside of the Snowbird Center
• Cost: $20 for adults, $9 for children
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily


Goldrunner, Breckenridge, Colorado 

• Ride Length: 2,500 feet
• Location: Base of Peak 8 between Rip’s Ride chairlift and Kids Castle
• Cost: $27
• Operating Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
• Fun Facts: Breck was the first Colorado ski resort to build an alpine coaster (opened in the winter 2010/2011 season). Start your ride at an elevation of 10,230 feet, before racing down the mountain, hitting speeds of up to 25mph on 2,500 feet of elevated roller coaster track as you enjoy a thrilling journey around and through the forest.
Breck was the first Colorado ski resort to build an alpine coaster (opened in the winter 2010/2011 season).  - © Brent Clark, Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breck was the first Colorado ski resort to build an alpine coaster (opened in the winter 2010/2011 season).

Copyright: Brent Clark, Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

Northeast Mountain Coasters

 

Beast Mountain Coaster, Killington, Vermont

• Ride Length: 4,800 feet
• Location: Snowshed Adventure Center at Killington Resort
• Cost: An Adventure Center Day Pass is $70 and includes the Beast Coaster, the new Woodward WreckTangle and more than 10 other attractions.
• Operating Hours: Starting June 22, 2018: seven days per week 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. through September 2, 2018, and weekends through October 14, 2018 
• Fun Facts: 360-degree corkscrews through the woods 

 

Appalachian Express, Camelback Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania

• Ride Length: 4,500 feet
• Cost: $12
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
• Fun Facts: Say cheese! An automatic Coaster Cam snaps your photo midway through the Appalachian Express adventure.

Appalachian Express at Camelback Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania  - © Camelback Mountain, Aquatic Development Group (ADG)

Appalachian Express at Camelback Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania

Copyright: Camelback Mountain, Aquatic Development Group (ADG)

 

Nor’easter Mountain Coaster, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, New York

• Ride Length: 4,300 feet
• Location: Adventure Center Base Lodge
• Cost: $11
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday–Thursday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday & Saturday beginning June 23.


Gunstock Mountain Resort Mountain Coaster, New Hampshire

• Ride Length: Nearly 4,100 feet
• Location: Discover Zone
• Cost: $12
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. weekends only until June 23
• Fun Facts: The downhill track is designed with swooping turns, banked corners, rolling drops and 360° turns.


Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster, Berkshire East, Massachusetts

• Ride Length: 3,870 feet
• Location: Base of the mountain
• Cost: $15 for a driver, $10 for a rider
• Operating hours: Anticipated Opening in early July
• Fun Facts: The Thundebolt Mountain Coaster is powered by wind turbines and an array of solar panels and features a computer-assisted safety system that stops the coaster if the seat belt is disengaged.


Jiminy's Mountain Coaster, Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts

• Ride Length: 3,600 feet
• Location: Mountain Adventure Park
• Cost: $8
• Operating hours: 3–7 p.m. (Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays), 12–4 p.m. (Sundays & the end of holiday periods, including January 1st)
• Fun Facts: Jiminy’s Mountain Coaster was one of the first alpine coasters in the United States.


Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort, Maryland 

• Ride Length: 3,500 feet downhill over 350 vertical feet
• Location: Eastern side of Wisp Mountain
• Cost: $14
• Operating hours: Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
• Fun Facts: At the end of the Mountain Coaster ride, an automated camera captures the coaster experience.


Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Okemo, Vermont

• Ride Length: 3,100 feet, 375 vertical descent
• Location: Jackson Gore base area, near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift
• Cost: $15 for a driver, $12 for a rider
• Operating hours: Hours vary 


Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, Holiday Valley, New York 

• Ride Length: 2,940 feet
• Location: Near the Tannenbaum Lodge
• Cost: $10
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
• Fun Facts: The ride features 15 curves of varying length, 12 waves, one jump, plus a huge circle/spiral, descending a max grade of 23.6 percent.


Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, Attitash, New Hampshire

• Ride Length: 2,880 feet
• Location: Base of the mountain
• Cost: $15
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (summer hours)
• Fun Facts: Rider-controlled speeds up to 25 mph


Cranmore Mountain Coaster, New Hampshire

• Ride Length: 2,390 feet
• Location: Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park
• Cost: $13
• Operating Hours: Weekends Memorial Day–mid June 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Daily Father’s Day weekend–Labor Day 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; weekends Labor Day–Columbus Day 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Winter hours: Friday, 4 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturdays and holiday/vacation periods, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
• Fun Facts: Thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun flying through the woods. You control the speed for a leisurely ride or a screaming fast run through to the end. 
Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park mountain coaster.  - © Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park mountain coaster.

Copyright: Cranmore Mountain

  

Canada Mountain Coasters

 

• Ride Length: 1.5 km (3,281 feet)
• Cost: $12.99
• Operating hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 
• Fun Facts: An investment of $ 2.5 million, Viking took its first voyage in 2009 and was designed by the German company Wiegand. 

 

The Pipe Mountain Coaster, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia

• Ride Length: 1.4 km (4,593 feet)
• Location: Revelation Lodge
• Cost: $25 for a rider, $8 for a passenger
• Operating hours: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. beginning June 23
• Fun Facts: Riders travel across ski runs, between glades and through a tunnel up to 42km/hour (26 mph).

 

• Ride Length: 1 km (3,281 feet)
• Cost: $16 for adults (13+), $13 for youth
• Operating hours: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. beginning June 22


Lake Tahoe Mountain Coasters

 

Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, Heavenly, Lake Tahoe

• Ride Length: 3,400 feet over a 300-foot vertical drop
• Location: Epic Discovery
• Cost: $27
• Operating hours: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Fun Facts: Coast through forest, natural rock formations and two lateral loops with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

 

Midwest Mountain Coasters

 

Timber Twister, Spirit Mountain, Minnesota

• Ride Length: 3,200 feet
• Location: Adventure Park
• Cost: $12 for a single rider, $17 for a double rider
• Operating hours: Hours vary

 

Have your own mountain coaster pics to share? Email them to feedback@skiinfo.com with the mountain, photo caption and credit, and we'll add them to our gallery.  

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Copper's Rocky Mountain Coaster - © Copper Mountain
Alpine coastin' - © Dan Bayer
Copper coaster, night views - © Copper Mountain
Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster night vision - © Aspen Skiing Company

 

 

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