Spend your vacation playing at one of these mountain fun parks:
Winter Park Alpine Slide
Winter Park Resort boasts the state’s longest alpine slide. After a scenic six-minute chairlift ride, bobsled (without the snow, of course) down 3,000 feet of slide that drops more than 600 vertical feet. While you’re there, check out the resort’s mountain-bike trails, gold panning, bungee tramps, human maze, zipline, climbing wall and many other family activities.
Just outside Denver in Golden, Heritage Square’s alpine slide has a fast and a slow lane to ease you into the excitement. The amusement park, which is free to enter, also has pay-as-you-go rides, a zipline, go-karts, snack shops and — blessedly for adults — a beer garden. Sadly, Heritage Square's alpine slide and Victorian-style village (some amusement park rides will remain) will close at the end of 2015.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
This fun park in Glenwood Springs has an alpine slide/roller coaster hybrid called, of course, the Alpine Coaster. The car is fixed to a track, so while you still control your own speed, you can shoot faster through hairpin turns and bumps without getting ejected. Once you reach the bottom, you’re pulled 1,000 feet back up to the starting point — a good time to enjoy wildflower views!
Breckenridge Summer Fun Park
The Breckenridge alpine slide, Gold Runner Coaster, has elevated tracks to thrill you down 2,500 feet of mountainside (here, your car is also fixed to the track). They also have a typical alpine slide that gives you three different tracks to choose from. The park also offers a zipline, 4x4 and guided hiking tours, mini golf, scenic chairlift rides, gemstone panning, a climbing wall and other family favorites.
The Howler Alpine Slide
Steamboat Springs’ slide is located at the top of Howelsen Hill. Take the chairlift up and cruise down 2,400 feet of banked turns. For more summer attractions, head over to Steamboat Ski Resort’s Coca-Cola Adventure Zone for a ropes course, slingshot bungee jump, climbing wall, bounce house, mechanical bull, human gyro and spectacular views from the Mt. Werner gondola. (Note: Due to a mudslide the Howler will not be operating summer of 2015.)
Purgatory Resort (formerly Durango Mountain Resort)
Alpine adventure finds kids in Durango, as well. Their alpine slide winds through steep fields of wildflowers good for leisurely or speedy rides. The park also hosts a zipline, scenic chairlift rides, a mountain-bike uplift, mini golf, ropes course, water runners and much more.