With Caution And Caveats, Colorado Resorts Open Up For Mountain Biking
Over the years, mountain biking has become the most popular activity at Colorado ski and snowboard resorts during the summertime -- and most resorts have upped their game with "bike parks" and networks of trails.
Most resorts spin a couple of lifts during the warm-weather months to get cyclists and their bikes up the hill. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic still with us, there are scaled-down operations this summers. Here's a look:
Telluride has developed its first bike-park network of trails to include a passel of downhill-only "freeride" runs off the Village Express chairlift this summer. The new trails will have features, ramps, jumps and more. Chairlift will spin Thursdays through Sundays, and access to X-C trails can be had via the Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola that has bike racks.
At Crested Butte, where mountain biking is held close to the heart, the Silver Queen Express chair will run to the summit. However, mountain bikes will not be permitted to come along for the ride. Uphill cycling is encouraged.
Purgatory Resort will have both Chair 1 and Chair 4 spinning daily to get pedalers up to its system of downhill and X-C tracks on both front and back sides.
Starting July 4, Copper Mountain's wintertime Vein Glory chair out of the West Village changes its name to the Woodward Express during the summer for pedalers and their bikes. Or, contour-following trails course get bikers out of the base area and up to the network of trails and Woodward bike park.
Keystone will spin the River Run gondola Friday-Sunday but bikes will not be allowed on board. Nor are there plans to open the bike park. Also, only one of the Summit County resort's golf courses will be open this summer.
All summer activities at Steamboat will be restricted to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The resort's mountain bike park -- including its features, jumps and trails -- will be closed for the summer, and gondola rides will be for sightseers only, not cyclists.
Winter Park is taking a little different approach: Mountaintop Trestle Bike Park and its 45 miles of trails and features will be open with access via the gondola out of the base area. However, the alpine slide will be idled for the time being.
Sunlight opens the mountain for no-lift hiking and biking. Plus, the Pitkin County resort is hoping to hold its annual bike-and-run Sunlight Showdown competition July 18-19.
Likewise at Breckenridge -- starting up on July 4 -- where its bike park will not be open, and cyclists will have to wind their own way up the mountain -- no lift access offered.
At Snowmass, the Elk Camp chair will haul mountain cyclists and their bikes up to the hub of its bike park trails. However, the resort says individual trails will be opened as conditions allow.