Snowbird Mountain Coaster (2023 Guide)

Snowbird ski resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon is the venue for the Snowbird Mountain Coaster.

A gravity-powered alpine coaster, this is one of the top mountain attractions at this ski resort and a wonderful 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 riding the Snowbird Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.

Girl riding the SnowBird Mountain Coaster at the Snowbird Resort in Utah


How Long is the Snowbird Mountain Coaster?

The Snowbird Mountain Coaster is 3,120 feet (950m) long and offers riders an exhilarating ride with multiple 360-degree loops, twists and turns as it winds its way down the mountain.

The total ride time, which includes the cable-pulled ascent to the top, is about 2.5 minutes.

The downhill section is approximately 1 minute, depending on your speed.

Absolutely love the mountain coaster. Rode it over and over again.

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How Fast is the Snowbird Mountain Coaster?

The Snowbird Mountain Coaster can reach a maximum speed of 27 mp/h (43 km/h).

As a safety feature, this mountain coaster is fitted with centrifugal brakes and ultramodern eddy current brakes at the valley station.

There is an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.

In addition, this mountain coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.

If 25 mp/h (40 km/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.

The brake levers are located on either side of the cart. You pull them back to engage the brakes.

It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it and before you know it you’ll be cruising down the mountain.

What are Mountain Coasters?

If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.

Mountain or alpine coasters are gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.

Mountain coasters are a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.

In addition, mountain coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust their descent speed.

This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.

If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.

And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.

Snowbird Mountain Coaster Video

One of the great things about mountain coasters 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 Snowbird Mountain Coaster.

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.

These rides really are the perfect combination of an adrenaline rush and nature.

If you happen to be in the area then this is an activity to add to your “to-do list”.

How Much Does the Snowbird Mountain Coaster Cost?

The SnowBird Mountain Coaster is only open during the summer season.

In order to access the mountain coaster, you’ll need to buy an All-Day Activity Pass.

The All-Day Activity gives you access to a wide range of activities on offer at the Snowbird Mountain Resort, including the Snowbird Alpine Slide.

Both rides are a lot of fun and we highly recommend you give them both a try.

At the time of writing, the cost for an All-Day Activity Pass is as follows:

All-Day Activity Pass (42″+)$52$55
All-Day Activity Pass (Under 42″)$38$40

Peak Pricing: July – October, Friday – Sunday & Labor Day

All pricing is tax-exclusive.

The latest information on ticket pricing can be found on the Snowbird Mountain Resort’s official website here.

Snowbird Mountain Coaster Rider Requirements

As with any ride of this nature, there are some rider and passenger requirements that are put in place for your safety:

  • Minimum age of 3 years old and must be at least 38″ (97cm) tall
  • Riders between 38″- 53″ must ride with an adult (16 years +)
  • Rides must be at least 54″ (137cm) tall to ride alone.

Location and How To Get There

The Snowbird Mountain Coaster is located at the Snowbird Mountain Resort in

Address: 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr., Snowbird, UT 84092-9000

Directions to the mountain coaster can be found on the map below:

Riders can access the mountain coaster near the base of the Peruvian Express chairlift outside the Snowbird Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the mountain coaster at Snowbird?

The Snowbird Mountain Coaster is 3,120 feet (950m) long and offers riders an exhilarating ride with multiple 360-degree loops, twists and turns as it winds its way down the mountain.

What is the weight limit for the Snowbird mountain coaster?

The combined weight of the riders can’t exceed 375 lbs (167kg) and dry conditions and 330 lbs (147kg) in wet conditions.

Before You Go..

If you’re looking for an alternative family-friendly ride at the Snowbird Mountain Resort then make sure you check out our guide to the Snowbird Alpine Slide.

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