Summer has arrived in the Colorado high-country and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have planned a season filled with concerts, festivals, and activities for guests of all ages.
Summer in Colorado means bluebird days, breathtaking scenery, and endless opportunities for adventure. This summer CSCUSA resorts will offer something for everyone including mountain coasters, alpine slides, scenic chairlift and gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, rafting, ziplining, paragliding, festivals, events, and more.
See below for a sampling of the exciting events Colorado Ski Country resorts have to offer this summer. Visit resort websites for additional details and activities.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin will host ‘Bikes, Brats, ‘N Brews’ this July, combining the now infamous ‘reverse enduro’ uphill mountain biking race, and A-Basin’s summer Festival of the Brewpubs for a day of bike riding, beer drinking, brat eating, and live music in the Mountains. The event kicks off the morning of July 30th with the bike race, followed by the festival in the afternoon.
On September 17th and 18th Oktoberfest at A-Basin returns for live music, dancing, beer, and pretzels in the high-alpine foliage. Guests can relax on the grassy lawn with friends, family, and pups and take advantage of free chairlift rides all weekend. For more information visit arapahoebasin.com.
The Aspen Snowmass Bike Park opens on June 21st, featuring more than 25 miles of purpose-built, diverse gravity trails ranging from beginner-friendly and flowing singletrack to dynamic and challenging technical descents. Guests can also find opportunities to learn from the industry’s best bike pros, with bike lessons, clinics, and camps available to riders of all ability levels. Snowmass is also home to the Lost Forest, an immersive on-mountain activity center located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. The Lost Forest includes a 5,700-foot track alpine coaster, a three-hour zipline and skybridge tour, ropes course, and climbing wall. Miles of hiking trails, a high-mountain fishing pond, and disc golf makes the Lost Forest an adventure for guests of any age. For more information visit aspensnowmass.com
The largest gathering of the summer is back for a second year at Copper Mountain. From September 9th through 11th, Union Peak Festival returns, celebrating the convergence of sport, community, and art with three days of live music performances, interactive art installations and booths, sports demonstrations, and community gatherings. Union Peak Festival has a heavy hitting lineup of free music, featuring X Ambassadors, Cold War Kids, and AJR. For more information visit coppercolorado.com
Granby Ranch will be open Wednesday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays) all summer long for golf, fly fishing, dining, sight-seeing, and of course, award winning mountain biking. Granby Ranch is planning an exciting docket of events and programming for all ages, including the Rocky Mountain Music Series, kicking off July 2nd with 40 Oz to Freedom and Twang is Dead. For more information visit granbyranch.com
The Steamboat Free Summer Concert series returns this year for concerts all summer long. The series is a family-friendly gathering for locals and visitors, and will feature five concerts across the season with several national artists. For more information visit keepinitfree.com
A local favorite, Powderhorn will host their annual Gears & Beers Festival and Downhill Race on August 20th. The event will be full of scenic lift rides, live music, downhill mountain biking, and the beauty of the Grand Mesa. For more information visit powderhorn.com
This summer Purgatory will host free live music every week, and signature events from the Mountain Archery Fest and Carve War’s Chainsaw Art Competition, to Summer Brew and the Mushroom Wine Dinner. For competitive cyclists, Purgatory continue to develop podium-quality terrain for new sporting events, including the Downhill Rockies race series in August. For more information and a full schedule of events visit purgatory.ski/events.
Steamboat is excited to bring back Sunset Happy Hours this season every Thursday and Sunday starting June 30th through September 4th. Ride the Gondola to the top, take in the scenery, enjoy the culinary delights, listen to live music, and toast to the sunset overlooking the Yampa Valley. Sunset Happy Hour pricing is available for $25 for non pass holders, and free for 22/23 IKON pass holders. For more information visit steamboat.com.
Telluride will be open all summer long for world class mountain biking, hiking, and the inaugural season of their Telluride Racquet Club, a one-of-a-kind center featuring four tennis courts, four pickleball courts, and a fully-equipped Tennis Pro Shop. Telluride will also open their mountain biking terrain to class 1 e-bikes, giving a great opportunity for guests of all abilities to get on the mountain, and allow passionate Telluride riders to cover more ground. For more information visit tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Resort
Along with the world-class Trestle Bike Park, Winter Park has a full slate of fun summer events for the whole family. Guests can join Winter Park for Mountaintop Happy Hours, movie nights at the gazebo, and live music every Saturday in Winter Park Village. On June 25th, Winter Park will host TheBigWonderful Beer Fest for a full day of music, 20+ Colorado Breweries, and over 40 craft vendors offering a variety of apparel, jewelry, fashion, and more! For more information visit winterparkresort.com.