High-Speed, High-Mountain Action Keeps Coming In the Colorado Rockies
Nearly half of Colorado’s two dozen resorts have reopened for the summer, cranking up chair lifts, mountain biking trails and base-area entertainment through the Labor Day weekend.
In an ongoing effort to supplement winter revenues with pay-to-play summertime activities, Colorado’s resorts have come up with all kinds of things for all ages to do – from the common (hiking, biking, horseback riding) to the odd (ziplines, Alpine slides, kiddie mazes) and beyond.
Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for those heading to the hills for summer fun in these winter playgrounds:
Beaver Creek. Hitch a ride on a 4x4 for a 1.5 hour tour of the high ground off the Centennial Express chairlift. Prices range from $55 for a single to $300 for a private, two-hour tour (limit seven).
Breckenridge. Kids get a bounce castle, trampoline, climbing wall and mining maze at the base. Tickets start at $39. Adults can tour via Segway, Jeep, mountain bike or on foot.
Vail. Ride the gondola to the top, then hop on a horse and ride through Game Creek Bowl before ending up at a chalet for a three-course meal. Cost is $105 for adults.
Winter Park. Disc golfers have to go up the hill on the Arrow Lift to reach the resort’s 20-hole course. A $49 full-day pass covers the lift ride and a ride down the Alpine Slide at the end of the round – plus other activities.
Crested Butte. Speed over the land on five ziplines from 120 to 400 feet in length. Reservations strongly suggested for limited number of $57 online tickets.
Aspen/Snowmass. Try out your Downward Dog or Plank at 11,200 feet in elevation at the top of Aspen Mountain. One-hour yoga session is free but ride up gondola will cost $19.
Purgatory/Durango. Check out the latest in mountain transportation with a downhill ride on a Diggler Scooter. It’s has a mountain bike and snowboard feel. Two-hour costs $30, including ride up Twilight Lift.
Photo: Disc golf is fun at Durango Mountain Resort (Durango Mountain Resort/Facebook)