Some ski areas run only one lift for mountain bikers in summer. At Winter Park, there are three with access to enough trails to keep you interested all summer. From the Zephyr Express, Eskimo, and Gemini lifts, cyclists have 40 miles of trail to work with, from gentle cruisers to teeth-rattling singletrack. The ski area also runs the Arrow chair for disc golf players and riders on the Alpine Slide.
- Each July, the Colorado Freeride Festival takes over the ski area. Pay a visit to see some amazing riders, make some new friends, test your skills, or just enjoy the party.
- Expert riders will find a thrill on the Trestle Downhill trail, which has been called the quintessential downhill trail. It’s unrelentingly steep and full of obstructions – just like hardcore riders like it.
- Looking for a longer ride? From the top of Zephyr chair, pedal up Upper Roof of the Rockies trail to Icarus Trail, which makes a long loop along the periphery of the ski area and returns to the parking lot.
Recommended season(s): Mid-June – Labor Day.
—R. Scott Rappold