Mountain Coasters Add New Twist to Ski Slope Fun

In a new twist to the traditional roller coaster, several ski resorts across the country have opened up year round 'mountain coasters'.

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    Park City Mountain Resort, opened more than five years ago, boasts of the Alpine coaster, which rides down more than a mile long trail of scenic turns and twists. Park insiders say the best times to go are after a big snowfall when the snowbanks around the coaster pile up. The mounted snow creates an atmosphere that makes riders feel like they are zipping through a tunnel of snow.
    Park City Mountain Resort
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    The Okemo Mountain coaster, located in its Jackson Gore base area, starts with a 1600-foot climb, and has a five minute descent that drives past breath-taking views of the Green Mountain railroad and a rushing mountain stream.
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    The Cranmore Mountain resort opened northern New England’s first mountain coaster. The coaster ride features two double helixes and incredible views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.
    Rob Bossi
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    Mountain coasters, like alpine slides seat one or two passengers at a time, but they ride on rails as opposed to a smooth track. 
    Bill Lee
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    Attitash Mountain's newest addition, the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, joins the resort's other attractions, like a Eurobungy trampoline, climbing wall, mountain biking trails and horseback riding. 
    Laura Tuveson/Attitash Mountain Resort
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