Summer in Colorado means bluebird days, breathtaking scenery, and endless opportunities for adventure. Find your place in the sun this summer at one of our CSCUSA member resorts, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
With longer days and those aforementioned sunny, sunnier, sunniest skies, there’s no better way to celebrate summer in the Rockies than with live music on A-Basin’s Mountain Goat Plaza stage. Admission to these concerts are free! Free? Free!
Here are a few upcoming dates to get you shakin’ at the Basin:
For more information, visit arapahoebasin.com.
Fancy a bike ride? The Aspen Snowmass Bike Park is open June 21–September 4 and features more than 25 miles of diverse, purpose-built gravity trails, ranging from beginner-friendly single track to dynamic and challenging technical descents. Looking for friendly trails that allow you to soak up the scenery? They’ve got ‘em. Steep descents littered with rocky drops to get your adrenaline pumping? They have those too. There may be none of that pow-pow-powdery stuff on the slopes, but the Snowmass Bike Park has everything you love about an on-mountain experience at Aspen Snowmass: lift-accessed fun on some of the world’s best terrain, opportunities to learn from the industry’s best bike pros, time outdoors with friends and family, and the aprés experience you love. Enjoy a delicious meal or cold beverage at the end of the day—no long johns required!
For more information, visit aspensnowmass.com.
This summer, June 15–17, the Colorado BBQ Challenge, the state’s longest running and Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned cook-off, will move 7 miles up the road from Main Street in Frisco to Copper Mountain. Come for all the BBQ you care to eat, live music, competitions, and community. Stay for Copper Mountain’s slate of summer activities, including the Rocky Mountain Coaster, the Woodward Wrecktangle, go-karts, a climbing wall, mountain biking, a zipline, bumper boats, and more.
For more information, visit coppercolorado.com.
Who doesn’t love a summer concert! Lawn games! Dancing!! Show off your fancy footwork at Granby Ranch’s Summer Nights: Live Music, presented by Sheila Bailey, each Wednesday starting June 7, from 5:00–8:00 pm. The lineup is TBD. The concerts are free. The food, beverages, and extra activities are not. No outside alcohol is permitted. (But who needs outside alcohol when you’ve got your buddies to boogie down with?)
For more information visit granbyranch.com
Howelsen Hill & Steamboat Resort
Git along, little doggie, to Steamboat, where the skies are a little bluer and the friendships are a little truer, out where the West begins. Grab your hiking boots and take in a the views on a guided hike. Float down the Yampa River or fish an impressive trout out of it. Explore the local farmer’s market. Catch the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series, a tradition established over 100 years ago. Or, if live music is more your style, catch the Steamboat Free Summer Concert series, a family-friendly gathering for locals and visitors alike.
For more information visit keepinitfree.com.
You have until August to gear up for the Gears & Beers Festival & Downhill Bike Race at Powderhorn, where you can celebrate all the things that make Western Colorado summers great: perfect bike-riding terrain, good food, suh-weet local suds, live music, and as many friends and family as can fit under those Rocky Mountain bluebird skies.
For more information visit powderhorn.com.
Need a little cool down this summer? Catch some fresh, mountain air as you speed down Purgatory’s alpine slide. Care for something a little less speedy? Cruise around in their go-carts or mob down the mountain coaster. Prefer to dawdle? Fair enough. Take Purgatory’s scenic chairlift up and back or partake in a parade of paddleboards on the lake.
For more information, visit www.purgatory.ski/summer-activities/purgatory.ski/events.
You get a festival! You get a festival!! And you get a festival!!! For over 30 years, the name “Telluride” has been synonymous with its festivals: they’ve got music and movie festivals; they’ve got cultural festivals and culinary festivals and car festivals; they’ve got balloon festivals and baseball festivals, blues festivals and brews festivals. Why, they’ve even got a mushroom festival!
For all the festival information that fits in print, visit www.telluride.com/festivals-events/festivals/.
Winter Park Resort
Venture Out this summer at Winter Park, starting with The Big Wonderful. It’s a beer fest, a bluegrass concert, and a bazaar all rolled into, well… on big, wonderful event. Keep the summer vibes vibin’ all summer long with a ride in their world-class Trestle Bike Park, a drink or two at Mountaintop Happy Hours, movie nights at the gazebo, and live music every Saturday in Winter Park Village.
For more information, visit winterparkresort.com.