Plummeting down Park City, Utah’s Alpine Slide is an exhilarating experience whether in summer, spring or fall. It is always an exciting time to feel the cool mountain breeze whispering through the towering trees as you race down the mountainside.
The Alpine Slide has been taking people’s breath away since it was built in 1977. In fact … I am once again dating myself as old … I actually rode it the summer of 1978 with some friends. It would have been the second year it was open.
It is still one of Park City’s most exhilarating attractions. It is the summertime equivalent of racing down the mountainside on skis. It combines natural beauty with thrill-seeking excitement.
Tucked away in the scenic mountains of Utah, Park City is not just famous for its world-class skiing during the winter. Come summer, the city transforms into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts as well.
It offers a multitude of activities that cater to all ages and interests. Among these, the Alpine Slide stands out as a must-try for anyone visiting the area.
Location and Access
Conveniently located at Park City Mountain Resort, accessing the Alpine Slide is a breeze. Just a short drive from the city's main street, there is ample parking for visitors. For those without a car, the city’s free bus service makes regular stops at the resort.
Overview of the Alpine Slide
Stretched over 3,000 feet, the Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world. Built on the mountain’s natural terrain, riders get to descend through a labyrinth of twists and turns surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Park City's landscape.
With the sun overhead and the track in front, you hop … I now gingerly crawl … onto the sled-like cart at the top of the mountain adjusting the brakes as instructed. As you began your descent, the initial gentle slopes allow you to look around and take in some of the panoramic views far below.
However, as the slide progresses, the turns became sharper and the drops more pronounced. The sensation of speeding through the mountainous terrain with the wind against your face is still nothing short of exhilarating no matter how many times I’ve ridden the course.
What truly stands out for those who are a little nervous if they haven’t experienced it is the perfect blend of control and thrill. You decide how fast or slow you want to go.
Safety Measures and Requirements
Safety is paramount at the Alpine Slide. Before embarking, each rider is given a brief orientation on operating the sled. The carts are designed with a unique braking system, allowing riders to control their speed.
There are age and height requirements to ensure everyone's well-being. Children fewer than 48 inches must ride with an adult while those taller are on their own.
Nonetheless, you do have to use your brain. My grown-up kids still remind of the time my daughter and I were riding side-by-side on parallel tracks when I came upon a stopped sled. Some fool had stopped his cart right in the middle of the track I was on.
As I was forced to brake HARD, I inadvertently stuck out of my long legs (I’m 6’ 5”) and proceeded to burn the skin off a big part of my lower leg trying to stop. Luckily we both survived although the other guy must’ve figured he wouldn’t if I caught up to him.
There is also a recent story of the woman who encountered a badger in the middle of the track. Once again, both parties survived relatively unscathed.
In all the previous times I’ve ridden the Alpine Slide, I’ve never had any other harrowing experiences. I will say that if you don’t like heights, riding the chair lifts up to the top of the mountain can be a little disconcerting. And, of course, that is the only way to get to the top of the mountain where the slide starts.
The views of the resort and city below as you slide down the hill are also spectacular. Enjoy them while you can as it doesn’t take long to get to the bottom.
Ticket Pricing and Hours of Operation
The Alpine Slide operates from late spring to early fall. Tickets are reasonably priced making it an affordable adventure for families, couples or solo travelers.
For the most up-to-date information on pricing and operating hours, it is best to check the Park City Mountain Resort's official website or give them a call before planning your visit. As with everything else, these prices can change before this article is posted.
Other Activities and Attractions
The Alpine Slide is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions in Park City. The resort also offers mountain biking trails, zip lines, a climbing wall and scenic chairlift rides.
As mentioned above, the chairlifts are how you to get to the top of the slide. If you're visiting with kids, the Little Miners Park is a delight for them with its mini rides and activities.
Dining and Refreshment Options
After the adrenaline-packed ride, one is bound to get hungry. Park City Mountain Resort boasts an array of dining options. Whether you're in the mood for a gourmet meal, a quick snack or just a refreshing drink, there's something for every palate.
The umbrella bars are particularly popular offering a chance to relax with a beverage in hand and views of the surrounding mountains.
Accommodation Near the Park City Alpine Slide
From luxurious resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts, there's a wide range of accommodations near the Alpine Slide. Recently renovated and expanded, The Grand Summit Hotel, just a stone’s throw away, is renowned for its elegant rooms and impeccable service. For those on a budget, numerous condos and vacation rentals are available within walking distance.
These accommodations are much more reasonably-priced during the non-winter seasons as the spring, summer and fall crowds … although big enough … are much smaller than the winter crowds.
Park City Utah's Alpine Slide isn’t just a ride, it is an experience. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Park City … a blend of nature, adventure, and relaxation.
Whether you're a thrill-seeker or someone just looking for a fun warm-weather afternoon activity, the Alpine Slide promises memories that will last a lifetime. I remember just about every trip I’ve taken up and down that mountain on this slide.
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