Excerpt pulled from source: (onthesnow.com, “Ski Resort Mountain Coasters: Complete North American List”, 19th June 2018 written by Heather B Fried)
In 2018 the number of mountain coasters at ski resorts has been trending upward, especially 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 are looking for more activities to do at ski resorts other than skiing,” 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.”
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. At Copper, (which installed an ADG Mountain Coaster), an automatic braking system manages the distance between coaster carts, but riders can also control speed with manual hand brakes.
For more on the Copper Mountain Coaster please visit: adgmountainsides.com/CopperMtn
See below for ADG’s list of N. American Mountainside attractions: