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When the snow melts in Summit County, a whole world of great mountain biking opens up. But you don’t have to ride up to ride down; just hop on the lift at ski area Copper Mountain. From the top of the American Eagle lift, trails from beginner to expert will let riders fly down the same slopes they ski down in winter. A $20 lift ticket gets you and your bike up there; gravity gets you down. Try not to get distracted by the stunning views of the jagged Gore Range in the distance.

Pro Tips

  • Solitude Station near the top of the American Eagle lift is open in summer for lunch or beverages.
  • Though the chairlift starts running in mid-June, biking isn’t usually allowed until mid-July.
  • Mountain-biking is not allowed during the Copper Crush bike race, held in late July, so be sure to check their website before setting out.
  • Recommended season(s): Mid-July to mid-September

    —R. Scott Rappold

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