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The Gold Runner Alpine Coaster at Breckenridge

Adrenaline junkies in search of a new way to fly down the slopes can now get their thrills sitting down.

A number of ski resorts have opened alpine coasters, gravity-propelled roller coasters that sit 4-40 feet high and range from 4,000-6,000 feet long. Following the natural topography of the land, some coasters feature spine-tingling 400-foot vertical drops. Mountain coasters have individual cars for riders, who control the speed with a hand-and-foot brake system.

Catch one of these year-round thrill rides now at Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Purgatory, Steamboat, Breckenridge and Vail.

– Leah Steinberg, The 100 Companies

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