In the winter months, the Snow King Ski Area in Jackson is bustling with skiers. During the summer months, it’s a different story. There is one attraction to draw warm-weather visitors here: the Alpine Slide. You don’t actually “slide” down the mountain, you roll, on a specially-designed sled, that fits nicely into a plastic track (think bobsled, only without the ice).
I should start by saying, I’m not sure the Alpine Slide is really worth it. It’s a fun ride, but it’s pretty expensive ($12 or $15 for a single ride, depending on if it’s the “busy season”). I was thinking it was a rip-off, until I took a ride on the chair lifts up to the top of the hill.
Maybe when you factor in this view, it’s worth it. You do get a fantastic look at Jackson and the Elk Refuge from the top of the hill.
The ride down takes just a couple of minutes. If you go fast, it’s more fun, but ends quicker, while if you go slow, it lasts longer, but is less fun (you control the speed using a hand brake on the sled).
Note: This trip was first published in 2007.