VISITORS TO COLORADO’S MOUNTAINS can find wintertime bliss schussing the slopes at any of the
destination’s renowned ski resorts. But as any local will tell
you, the Centennial State’s ski areas can be just as sweet in
summer and fall — especially for families.
“With low humidity, mild temperatures and plenty
of mountain adventures, summer is the secret season at
Colorado’s ski resorts,” said Carly Holbrook, director of public
relations for the Colorado Tourism Office.
In fact, she says, Colorado sees slightly more visitors in
summer than in winter.
“Ziplines, climbing walls, mountain coasters, alpine slides
and more get visitors outdoors enjoying summer adventures at
Colorado’s ski areas,” Holbrook said. “The state is seeing several
exciting expansions of summer ski-area offerings.”
A key factor in that expansion was the 2011 Ski Area
Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, says John
Monson, director of sales and marketing for Copper Mountain
Resort. The policy, finalized by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014,
allows ski areas to offer year-round, natural-resource-based
recreational activities — which, in turn, could mean increased
economic benefit to communities through more jobs and visitor
spending, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“The mandate was not to turn ski areas into amusement
parks, but rather to focus efforts on nature-themed and outdoor-
focused experiences for guests in the non-winter seasons,”
Monson said. “Mountain towns that once had a longer off-
season now have shorter shoulder seasons, mostly because
families are planning their summer trips as far in advance as
their winter vacations.”
Here are some of the latest mountain adventures await-
ing families visiting four of Colorado’s top ski resorts in the
warmer months. Epic Discovery at Breckenridge
Resort features ziplines and more.
explore nature in
The Gold Runner
Alpine Coaster at
Kids will love the
bumper boats at