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Colorado Ski Country’s 11 Top Summer Events

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As the days grow longer and the temperatures in Colorados mountains warm up, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of fun summer activities at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts. From hot air balloon festivals to hiking and biking, the diversity of summer activities and events in Colorado Ski Country grows every year. Additionally, several CSCUSA member resorts will host the worlds best road and mountain bicyclists as they test themselves on the most challenging terrain Colorado offers.

Whether its summer or winter, Colorado has a mountain for everyone. Below is a roundup of featured summer events at CSCUSA member resorts.

Arapahoe Basin
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2 Finish August 18
To celebrate hosting a thrilling mountain finish to the 100+ mile second stage of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Arapahoe Basin is planning two full days of fun at the mountain complete with camping, live music, and some of the world’s best cyclists. For more information, including volunteer opportunities and VIP packages, visit www.arapahoebasin.com/prochallenge.

Aspen Snowmass
Audi Power of Four Trail Race July 18-19
The Audi Power of Four Trail events signature race is a challenging 50K Ultra that has been named the US Skyrunner Series North American Continental Championships this year. The race covers the four Aspen Snowmass mountains (Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain) utilizing a mix of single track and dirt road.The event also offers a 22K race along the famed Government Trail that covers the mountains of Buttermilk and Snowmass as well as a new Vertical K race up Aspen Mountain that is also part of the US Skyrunner Series. The Vertical K race will be held on Saturday, July 18 with the 50K and 22K races scheduled for Sunday, Jul. 19. To register, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/power-of-four-trail.

Copper Mountain
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 3 Start August 19
Copper Mountain plays host to its first ever Pro Challenge stage and sends off Stage 3 on Wednesday, August 19. Festivities begin with live music on Tuesday evening at Coppers Center Village, and race day on Wednesday features athlete autographs, the race start at 11:00 am, live music, a jumbotron watch party for the stage finish, and an alfresco movie night. For more information, visit http://copperprochallenge.squarespace.com/festival/.

Crested Butte
Gravity Slave June 27-28
This downhill mountain biking competition, in conjunction with Crested Butte Bike is Week, is sure to be a weekend of gravity-fed fun! With 10 categories for all ages, everyone can vie for a chance to win. Registration is $25 online and $30 day of, which includes race day ticket and a Budweiser or Coca-Cola at Awards party after the race. The course is on the newest expert trail, Captain Jack. Closed course practice will run on Saturday, June 27th and the competition will culminate on Sunday, June 28th. Pre-register at www.athletepath.com/gravityslave; for lodging discounts call Crested Butte Vacations at 1-(877) 547-5143.

Powderhorn
The Mud, The Bands, &The Beers Festival July 25
Powderhorn Mountain Resorts summer event line up is anchored by The Mud, The Bands & The Beers Festival, that takes place on July 25th. Starting the day off is the annual Powderhorn Mud Dash that will test participants endurance with obstacles planted throughout the mountain course. After the race, participants can enjoy craft beer tastings from over 15 breweries from around the state of Colorado. Enjoy afternoon music from four live bands, including headliner Trout Steak Revival.

Purgatory
Muck & Mire 10k, 5k and Kids Mud Run August 8
Purgatorys signature summer event is the 1st National Bank of Durango Muck & Mire 10k, 5k and Kids Mud Run on Aug. 8. The 4th annual event features up to 20 different obstacles across the mountain for all ages and abilities from serious to recreational racers.Live music, a Steamworks Beer Garden, and the Coca Cola Corner for Kids will round out the festivities.Find additional details and registration information at www.PurgatoryResort.com.

Ski Granby Ranch
Gears and Beers Enduro Series
Bike Granby Ranch is hosting a fun, family-friendly Gears and Beers Enduro Race Series. Dates are June 28, July 12, July 26, and August 23. Each race features a three-stage series featuring uphill climbs, downhill trails, a short cross-country race, and lift-accessed downhill race. Registration is $39 per race, $149 for three and includes entry fee, lift ticket for day of the event, one burger, and one beer. Call 888.850.4615 to register by 3:00 pm the day before the event.

Sunlight
Summer Activities at Sunlight
Horseback tours at Sunlight Mountain Resort open Saturday, May 23 and disc golf will open Saturday, May 30. In addition, Sunlights Ski & Bike shop provides equipment rentals and shuttle service for bike tours of the Glenwood Canyon and the Rio Grande Trail. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Steamboat
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend July 11-12
The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air making them a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the summertime. Events include the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Saturday and Sunday mornings, Art in the Park, the Balloon Glow at the Steamboat base area, Coca Cola Movies on the Mountain: Grease on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square and more. For a full list of events taking place in Steamboat this summer visit www.steamboat.com/events

Telluride
Telluride Adventure Center
The Telluride Adventure Center offers guided tours and can be personalized for individual adventurers or families from novice to expert. There’s plenty of history behind Telluride, so guides provide plenty of historical perspective of the region as well. Available tours include mountain bike tours and rentals, whitewater rafting trips, stand-up paddleboard trips and rentals, horseback trail rides, rock climbing, bouldering and mountaineering , hiking, backpacking and camping, all-terrain vehicle tours and rentals, 4×4 jeep tours and rentals, private and group fly fishing tours, tandem paragliding, culinary walking and photography tours, kid’s adventure programs, and gravity play activities. For more information about the Telluride Adventure Center, visit http://www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Winter Park
Colorado Freeride Festival July 23-26
The largest freeride festival in the United States is back with more fun for the entire family. In addition to seeing some of the best professional and amateur mountain bike riders in the world compete in Slopestyle, Air Downhill, Super Downhill (with a new, exhilarating qualification process that takes riders right through the Village at Winter Park), Cross-Country, and a special kids race on Trestles new beginners trail, Green Horn-It! The festival includes a number of free family activities, product demos, athlete meet-and-greets, and much more. For more information about summer activities at Winter Park, visit www.winterparkresort.com.