When the snow stops falling and temperatures rise skiers look to bikes, boats and hiking boots to get their outdoor fix. Some ski towns are just as (or) more fun in the summer with exciting activities and new ways to discover the mountains. Winter Park, CO is home to the Trestle Bike Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and a whole host of other summer fun.
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort is one of the pre imminent mountain bike locations in North America come summer time. Jumps, berms and wood features dot the slopes at Winter Park with runs ranging from beginner to pro. Ample trails and fast chairlifts make a day riding Winter Park Resort easy and exhilarating.
The Fraser Valley is also home to Lake Granby and Grand Lake, two wonderful places to cool off on hot summer days. Fishing, paddling and hiking the shores of these beautiful Colorado lakes may take your mind of skiing for just long enough. For those more interested in white water adventures the Colorado River and Clear Creek aren’t too far away either.
A highlight for locals and visitors alike is Thursday nights with free concerts at the new Hideaway Park amphitheater. The impressive new venue hosts national acts but maintains a small community vibe and is right on main street. You can even rip it up at the Winter Park skatepark as you groove to the music.
If you just can’t shake the snow buzz off, exploring outside Winter Park can take you to some amazing alpine scenery. Heading north of town will deliver you to the west entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park a place so enduring and special it needs no introduction. A little more off the beaten path, Rollins Pass is a stunning drive for those with the right 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Whether you are hiking, biking or paddling this summer it’s easy to forget winter is just around the corner. As much as we cherish the pursuit of sliding snow it is awesome to see all the opportunities our alpine communities can bring us even in the off-season.