Breathtaker Alpine Coaster

Zipping along an elevated track through the forest above Elk Camp, the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will add a little adrenaline to your summer vacation. As part of the multi-feature Lost Forest, the 7- to 9-minute thrill ride gives guests a unique way to experience the mountain.

Breathtaker in summer

Summer 2024 Operating Dates

Open: Daily: June 21–Sept. 2; Weekends (Fri.–Sun.) Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

Close: Sept. 29

The Breathtaker is open from 10:30am to 4:00pm during normal Elk Camp Gondola hours, and during the special Snowmass Sunset Tuesday at the adjacent Elk Camp Restaurant. For an unforgettable keepsake of your coaster ride, ask an attendant for a video card and purchase a Revl video from the kiosk inside the Elk Camp Restaurant

Planning Information

  • Guests must sign waiver prior to riding the coaster
  • Every guest must present their own ticket for each ride
  • Ride will take between 7 and 9 minutes to complete
  • Riders will travel through over a mile of forest on an elevated track at speeds up to 28 mph (45 kph)
  • Track features curves, turns and hairpin turns
  • Riders are solely responsible for both monitoring the speed of their sled and to control their braking in order to maintain safe distances between sleds
  • Please review our Lost Forest Rules & Regulations before purchasing admission

Rules & Requirements

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster Rules

  • All riders must sign a release of liability waiver
  • All loose clothing and hair below shoulder length shall be secured prior to starting the ride
  • No food or gum is allowed on the ride
  • Participants must remain seated at all times and keep their arms and legs inside the sled for the duration of the ride
  • Driver must maintain at least 80 feet (24 meters) in dry conditions and 160 feet (48 meters) in wet conditions between their sled and sled in front of them on the track
  • Stopping on the track is only permitted in the event of an emergency
  • No backpacks or bags allowed on the ride (hanging hooks provided for guests)

Health Requirements

Guests who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol of any kind may not participate in this activity. Guests with the following medical conditions may not participate in this activity: (a) pregnant or think they may be pregnant, (b) heart condition, (c) seizure condition, (d) history of back or neck injury, or (e) any other medical condition that prevents guest from following the safety rules and guidelines.

Driver and Passenger Requirements

Driver Requirements

  • Between 54 inches and 84 inches tall (137 and 213 centimeters)
  • Must be physically able to maintain seated position and use safety restraints
  • Capable of understanding and obeying all verbal and written instructions
  • Capable of visually identifying sled in front of them to maintain safe following distance
  • Able to operate brake levers to control the speed of the sled
  • Driver must be 16 years or older to pilot sled with passenger
  • Driver weight cannot exceed 375 lbs (170 kg) in dry conditions, and 330 lbs (150 kg) in wet conditions

Passenger Requirements

  • At least 38 inches (97 centimeters) tall
  • There is no minimum age for passengers as long as they meet all other height and weight requirements
  • Must be shorter than the driver
  • Capable of holding onto front handle while sled is in motion
  • Total passenger (max of 2) weight for sled cannot exceed 375 lbs (170 kg) in dry conditions, 330 lbs (150 kg) in wet conditions

Cancellation Policy
Completely unused Lost Forest Base, or Sightseeing tickets are refundable. Lost Forest Canopy, Treeline, and Sunset Tuesday Tickets require 48-hour cancellation notice. No refunds due to weather if operations remain open. No partial refunds.

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