Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide (2023 Guide)

Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole Wyoming is where you’ll find the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide.

An alpine slide with twists, turns, dips, and curves this is a fantastic summer activity for the whole family.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!

This guide features everything you need to know about the Snow King Mountain alpine slide, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.


Father and son riding the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide in summer.

How Long Is the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide?

Starting at the mid-station of the Rafferty Lift and finishing at the bottom of the lift, the Snow King Mountain Alpine slide is a half-mile long, drops 350 vertical feet, and takes about 1:45 to complete.

As far as alpine slides go, this ride is not the most intense.

But what it lacks in speed it makes up for with incredible views.

Alpine slides are fitted with a manual brake, located between your legs, which you can use to adjust your speed as you make your way down the mountain.

What Is An Alpine Slide?

One way to think of alpine slides is that they are a summer version of the bobsled.

But unlike the bobsleds, an alpine slide is a smooth continuous track made of fibreglass, concrete or stainless steel and does not need ice to operate.

Like alpine coasters, alpine slides are installed in mountainous areas and are a popular activity in ski resorts.

These are gravity-powered rides so they use the natural contours of these areas to operate.

How does an alpine slide work?

Riders are transported down the alpine slide track in one or two-person carts.

The carts are fitted with a manual brake, positioned between the rider’s legs, that give riders full control of their speed and experience.

The photo below is an example of an alpine slide cart. Riders sit in the cart with their legs facing forward.

The lever in the middle with the red grip is the brake. You pull back on this lever to engage the brake and push forward to release it.

Alpine slide cart of sled with brake lever in the middle

Alpine slide cart with brake lever in the middle

Alpine Slide Saftey

Safety is an important feature of alpine slides and technology improvements over the years have certainly increased rider safety.

However, as with any thrill ride of this nature, there are always risks involved.

Alpine slides can reach a speed of up to 25 mp/h (40 km/h) and almost all alpine slide accidents happen because riders are going too fast.

So if it’s your first time riding an alpine slide it’s important to become familiar with the cart and the manual brake before flying down the mountain.

Overall, alpine slides are a thrilling experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family. They are not difficult to operate and no prior experience or training is necessary.

With some basic instructions, you can jump in and enjoy the ride!

How Much Does the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide Cost?

At the time of writing, the cost to ride the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide was as follows:

TicketCost ($)
Single ride (ages 7+)$7
Single ride (ages 6 and under)$5

Tickets for the alpine slide can be purchased online in advance on the official Snow King Mountain website here.

If you’re heading to Snow King Mountain during summer then it’s also worth looking into The Big King Pass (purchase tickets online).

The Big King Pass offers unlimited rides on the alpine slide in addition to many other activities including the zip-line, tree-top adventure, mini-golf, Cowboy Coaster (mountain coaster), bungee trampoline, and scenic gondola ride.

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive ticket with access to all the rides on offer at Snow King Mountain then this is definitely worth considering.

Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide Video

One of the great things about alpine slides is that a lot of people have filmed their experiences.

These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.

The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide.

One thing to be aware of though is that point-of-view videos can be a bit misleading.

The wide-angled lens makes the drops shallower and the ride seems way slower than it is in real life.

They provide a good idea of what the ride looks like but only real-world experience tells you how they feel.

So get out there and try it for yourself.

Where is the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide?

The Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide is located at the Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.

The alpine slide runs from the mid-station of the Rafferty Lift, down to the bottom of the lift.

We’ve highlighted on the summer trail map exactly where you need to go to find the alpine slide and mountain coaster.

Snow King Mountain Resort – Summer Map

Rider Requirements

As with all rides of this nature, there are age, height, and other restrictions to comply with.

We have summarized these for you below:

  • Participants must sign an all-activity waiver and have a lift ticket.
  • Regulations require children to be 2 years of age or older.
  • Every child ages 2-6 must ride with an adult.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • The ride is subject to being closed in adverse weather conditions.
  • Before you arrive, complete the only Liability Waiver which you can find here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Jackson Hole have an alpine slide?

Yes – Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is where you’ll find a half-mile alpine slide that reaches speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

Is the Snow King Mountain Alpine Slide Open?

The alpine slide is open during the summer season.

Unfortunately, it is closed during the winter. This is because alpine slides, which are not elevated above the ground, are covered in snow during winter.

But don’t worry – the Cowboy Coaster operates in both summer and winter.

So if you’re visiting in winter and you aren’t able to ride the alpine slide then make sure you check out the Cowboy Coaster.

Before You Go..

If you enjoy alpine slides then you’ll definitely want to check out Cowboy Mountain Coaster and the Snow King Mountain Resort.

At 3,295 feet (1,000m) long, the Cowboy Mountain Coaster offers riders an exhilarating experience with multiple 360-degree loops, twists and turns as it winds its way down the mountain.

A family-friendly activity not to be missed!

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