by Lu Snyder
You don’t need to be a seasoned mountain biker to ride Copper Mountain. You don’t even need to be in shape. With Copper’s lift haul service, you can experience the thrill of mountain biking without even breaking a sweat.
Copper offers bike rentals of all kinds, making it the perfect base camp for your summer adventures. Choose from front suspension or full-suspension, beefy 27.5 or 29-inch wheels, all-mountain or premium enduro bikes. Not up on the latest gear? Don’t worry. The folks at the shop will set you up and the crew at the lift will load and unload your bike. That’s really all you need to know.
Once you’re on the lift, sit back and enjoy the views. It doesn’t matter how well you know a mountain in the winter; take away the snow and it’s like a new world. Green meadows dotted by colorful wildflowers. Cold mountain streams dipping into the forest. A red fox leaping through the grasses. A deer ducking into the trees. New trails beckoning you.
Copper’s singletrack flows in and out of tall, dark forest and across fields of wildflowers as it descends from the top of Union Creek lift. You’ll find a bit of everything there: berms, rollers, bridges, rocks, roots and pedaling. Take it as fast or as slow as you like.
If you’re craving some thigh-busting uphill, don’t miss the Colorado Trail, which climbs across the mountain before continuing past the resort boundary and up toward Searle Pass.
While trail options are limited this summer, due to construction of the new Solitude mid-mountain lodge, they will increase each year for the next several years. The U.S. Forest Service recently approved expansion of Copper’s summer trail network, including approximately 21 miles of new mountain bike trails. You can get a glimpse of what’s in store as you ride Union Creek lift, where trail crews are busy building the latest trail. It’s one of two new trails scheduled to open next summer, with more to follow over the next four years.
Whatever your goal – speed, air, family time, solitude or adventure – you can find it with two wheels on the dirt at Copper Mountain.