(Crested Butte Summer Concert Series)
Just because (most of) the snow has melted does not mean there are no exciting things to do in Ski Country. In fact, summertime in Colorado is blossoming with mountain events and activities. Many Colorado ski resorts offer things to do when the weather heats up that will keep the whole family active, ranging from free guided hikes to extravagant hot air balloon rides. We’ve compiled a brief rundown of summer activities and events in Colorado, but there are many more out there. We suggest following the links to individual resort sites for a more in depth view of what summer in Colorado has to offer.
A-Basin typically stays open for regular skiing operations into June, sometimes even making it until the 4th of July! But when the mountain finally does close for the ski season, A-Basin features a variety of summer activities to get you moving when the lifts are closed. The 6th Alley Bar & Grill is open Friday through Monday, June 30 - September 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Argentine-North Fork Trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers and a small, 3-hole disc golf course is located on the lower mountain. The resort also plans to add six new disc golf holes this summer!
Arapahoe Basin also has a full list of summer events, including barbeques, yoga and more.
The summer experience in Aspen is a great way to get the family outdoors or for the parents to have a romantic getaway. In Snowmass, visitors can test their skills in the mountain bike park, drop the kids off at camp, play a round of paintball or disc golf, and more.
At Copper Mountain, skiing and snowboarding can extend well into the summer. For freestyle enthusiasts, Copper Mountain hosts public terrain park sessions every weekend as along as weather permits. Higher up the mountain, kids can attend Woodward Copper summer camp for tons of on and off the snow fun, including time in the famous Woodward Copper Barn, the barn is also open to the public during select times, so check out their website for details.
Off the snow, the summer activities are seemingly endless at Copper Mountain, from free lift rides and mountain biking to go-carts and mini golf, you’re sure to find something for the whole family. For a full list of Copper’s summer events and activities, click here.
For a true Colorado experience, visit Crested Butte in the winter and the summer to witness the complete package. Besides the summer adventure park (which is loaded with things to do), summer visitors can partake in zipline tours, hit up the Evolution Bike Park, drop in to the summer concert series, play some disc golf… the list goes on and on. For more details, check out the rest of Crested Butte’s summer activities.
There is more to Granby Ranch than their ski resort. During summer, visitors can play a full round of golf in the heart of the Rockies, go downhill or cross-country mountain biking, or test their luck fly fishing. Head to granbyranch.com for more info.
New this summer, Powderhorn is offering downhill mountain biking accessed by their new high-speed quad! In addition to their downhill races, Powderhorn will also be hosting the Gears & Beers event, which brings together three of Colorado’s favorite things: bikes, beers and camping!
Purgatory Resort offers, for the first time in its history, regular mountain bike and scenic chairlift rides on its high-speed six-person chairlift, the Village Express Lift 1. The Twilight Lift 4 double chairlift continues to offer mountain bike and scenic chairlift rides, plus access to the Alpine Slide. Summer activities at Purgatory are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 20, then weekends, plus Labor Day, through Oct. 8.
The summer season has begun at Steamboat with the opening of the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone and new features, including Mavericks mini-golf, urban ropes course, summer tubing and a 40-foot climbing wall. Activities are open daily through Labor Day, then weekends in September. The gondola and Steamboat Bike Park open for the season on July 21 and the new Outlaw Mountain Coaster opens in August. Find out more information about activities and events such as Movies on the Mountain, Steamboat Mountain Music concerts, summer dining and more at steamboat.com or 800-922-2722.
Summer fun near Sunlight Mountain is a great reason to visit Glenwood Springs when winter operations on the mountain have closed. In and around Glenwood Springs, you can ride a bike, horse, raft, or even a roller coaster to get that much needed summer adrenaline rush.
Even if you’re new to Colorado or you’ve never been, you’ve still probably heard of all the great winter and summer events in Telluride. But besides amazing music festivals and world class dining, Telluride also offers a wide variety of summer activities to get the blood pumping.
Despite its name, Winter Park is practically a summer wonderland. Hiking, mountain biking, mini golf, disc golf, alpine slides, ziplines… Winter Park has everything you’ve come to expect of a year-round mountain resort. Activities like summer tubing, the climbing wall, and human maze really make this Front Range favorite special.
Check out their events page to start planning your summer getaway.