Alpine Slides in Colorado

In a state with so many beautiful mountainsides, it’s impossible for the kid in all of us not to want to slide down a few of them once the snow melts each summer. 

By: Staff Writer
Updated: May 17, 2024

Several Colorado amusement parks have created alpine slides that zoom you down the hillside as fast as you can handle — all with amazing mountain views. Alpine slides — not to be confused with alpine coasters (or mountain coasters), which are elevated tracks with a seat — are incredible ways to enjoy this state like never before.

Spend your summer vacation playing at one of these fun parks. You can also ride a few of these — plus some others — in the cold for a uniquely snowy experience. Check out the Colorado mountain coasters open in the winter.

Winter Park Alpine Slide

After a scenic six-minute chairlift ride with amazing Winter Park views, bobsled (without the snow, of course) down 3,000 feet of slide that drops more than 600 vertical feet on their Alpine Slide. While you’re there, check out the resort’s mountain-bike trails, ropes course, yoga, mini golf, climbing wall and many other family activities.

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 Gold Runner Coaster

The Breckenridge alpine coaster, 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.

    Purgatory Resort Alpine Slide

    Alpine adventure finds kids in Durango, as well with the resort's slide. Feel the fresh mountain air as you speed down the alpine slide track or take a leisurely ride to enjoy the spectacular wildflower panoramas for more than a half-mile descent. And check out the Inferno Mountain Coaster, which zooms passengers through nine switchbacks, one 360-degree circle and multiple dips while covering more than 300 vertical feet with incredible views. The park also hosts a Go-Kart track, paddling on a lake, a mountain-bike uplift and much more.

    Copper Mountain

    Located near the American Flyer lift, Copper Mountain's year-round Rocky Mountain Coaster is 5,800 feet long and descends 430 vertical feet. If you're seeking another way for youngsters to burn some energy, head over to Woodward Copper, an action sports paradise with skate parks, Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps, indoor ski and snowboard training, and more.

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