There’s no snow required for these thrilling mountain coaster rides. Come summer, several of our favorite local ski resorts switch gears from skiing and snow tubing to alpine slides and mountain coasters. These mountain coasters are as exciting as one you’d find at any theme park and come with better views as you wind through gorgeous mountain scenery at speeds up to 25 miles per hour with vertical drops of 500 feet or more. A mountain coaster is often a two-seater, so parents and children can ride together, enjoying the view from top to bottom.
If you want to see these popular ski resorts from every angle and have a blast doing it—even when it’s hot outside—read on for our picks for a thrilling mountain coaster ride in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Once you've conquered the coasters, take note: Many of these local resorts offer more off-season fun from adventure courses, zip lines, and ropes courses to thrilling water parks, making them great weekend-long destinations for active, family-friendly fun.