When the snow melts and summer sunshine appears, many ski resorts open up a different sort of thrill ride to adventure-seeking families: the Alpine slide. Alpine slides are smooth, continuous tracks, resembling water slides or bobsled hills (sans water or snow), most often built into the side of a hill or mountain. There are some very popular Alpine slides in areas such as France, Canada and Germany, but a slew of these thrill rides are found in the United States. Keep reading to see six awesomely fun Alpine slides located in America that your family can visit during summer vacation.
Winter Park Resort in Colorado
Winter Park Resort boasts Colorado’s longest alpine slide! Adventure-seekers get a beautiful, scenic six-minute chairlift ride, then can bobsled down 3,000 feet of slide (six hundred vertical feet of smooth tracks in all)! Each slide sled is equipped with a brake allowing you to control the speed as you twist and turn down the mountain. During your visit your family can also check out all the other summer activities that await, including mountain-bike trails, gold panning, bungee tramps, human maze, zip line, climbing wall and much more. Your family can also take a break from the park and explore the surrounding Arapaho National Forest and three stunning wilderness areas. Ages two-years and up only and children ages five-years and under must ride with an adult.
Mount Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl in Oregon
Mount Hood’s fun-packed Adventure Park at Skibowl showcases the Pacific Northwest’s only ½ Mile Dual Alpine Slide. This super cool attraction sends you flying down a half mile track of twists and turns through mountain meadows, dropping you off at the base area of Skibowl West. This slide features duel side-by-side tracks that allow you to ride alongside family and friends, taking banked turns, S-curves and hairpin thrills at the speed of your choice. According to Mount Hood, “Speeds of up to 37 MPH have been reached but with the brakes at your fingertips, you’re always in control.” With over 20 other amazing summer attractions to check out, including rock walls, zip lines, kiddy carts and more, it’s easy to see why this Adventure Park is one of Oregon’s most exciting summer vacation destinations for families and visitors alike. You must be at least three years old to ride and anyone under the height requirement of 48” must ride with a parent or guardian.
Park City Alpine Slide in Utah
Park City Resort’s Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of gliding and sliding down a luge-like track. This cool resort actually features four different slide tracks. Sliding or not, Park City is a super family-friendly, action-packed, vacation destination. There’s awesome dining, breathtaking hikes, music concerts, an alpine coaster, a kid’s zip line, and more, not to mention all that fresh mountain air. Must be at least 2 years old to ride the lift and over 48 inches in height to ride.
Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide in Minnesota
The Alpine slide at Lutsen Mountains is ready to oblige all your adventure needs. Start with a beautiful leisurely chairlift ride to the summit of Lutsen’s Eagle Mountain, then hop on your sled and fly down this exhilarating half mile slide. Beyond the slide, this is a summer amusement park the whole family can enjoy. Take a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior, an awesome wildlife voyageur canoe tour and much more. Children over age two and 48″ may ride.
Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Illinois
Race down 2,050 feet of tailored track on a sled to the banks of the Mississippi at Chestnut Mountain. This slide features a scenic lift ride that whisks you to the top of the mountain with a gorgeous panoramic view of three states. After sliding to your heart’s content, see what else Chestnut Mountain Resort has to offer such as their soaring eagle zip line, Mississippi river cruise and more! All children less than 48” tall and under the age of 7 must ride with an adult.
Attitash Mountain Resort Alpine Slide in New Hampshire
Ride up the Flying Yankee Quad chairlift at Attitash to begin an exciting journey. Then choose one of two fun slides and take off down rolling slopes, through the forest and straightaways, plus experience S-turns underneath the lift. This mountain resort features lots of family fun beyond the slide, including a mountain coaster, pool, mountain bike trails, a Euro-bungy trampoline and more. Kids must be three-years old to ride and kiddos under 48″ must ride with an adult.