The Aspen Snowmass area is internationally recognized as a play-
ground for the chic set to shred the slopes. And, beginning in summer
2018, it may also be known as a hub for outdoor family adventure, as it
offers a host of exciting plans and activities at the new Lost Forest on
“Families and friends can enjoy rides on the new mountain coaster,
zip through the trees on the canopy tour or enjoy time at the multi-use
gathering sites, where there will be naturalist talks, photo opportunities
and beautiful viewpoints,” said Liz Rovira, public relations assistant
manager for Aspen Skiing Company.
Rovira says there will also be new hiking and biking trails for all levels,
in addition to a climbing wall with different degrees of difficultly.
Breckenridge Ski Resort has long been in the business of attracting families in the summer months, starting in 1979 with the debut of its Alpine
Slide. Over time, the resort has expanded its offerings to include scenic
chairlift rides, a human maze and the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, as well
as last year’s addition of the Kid’s Base Camp (for guests under 100 pounds).
This year’s newest offering is Epic Discovery at Breckenridge. Echoing
the Epic Discovery at nearby Vail Mountain Resort, the new program at
Breckenridge offers similar components, including zipline tours, a climbing wall and a challenge course. But it also includes favorite activities
from past summers that guests may have experienced at Peak 8 Base
Camp (formerly known as Breckenridge Fun Park), says Austyn Dineen,
public relations manager for Breckenridge Tourism Office.
Specifically, the Alpine Loop Interpretive Trail has been customized to
Breckenridge and the Summit County area, including the addition of
new information about its high-altitude environment and weather, local
wildlife and town history.
Whether at the Gold Summit Climbing Wall, Alpineer Challenge
Course or Expedition Zip-line Tour on Peak 7 — which features a
200-foot-long aerial bridge walk — Dineen says Epic Discovery at
Breckenridge offers a variety of zones and activities to highlight the
rich environment, local history and many adventure options.
Copper Mountain, a resort located 75 miles west of Denver and 20
miles east of Vail, is a local favorite for wintertime fun. And with three
pedestrian-friendly village areas replete with lodging, retail outlets and
restaurants — along with plenty of summer programming — it’s also a
fabulous family destination for summer and fall visitors.
“Families are looking for lodging deals; to avoid crowds; and to vaca-
tion in more favorable weather,” said Copper Mountain’s Monson. “And
they are also seeking experiences that are laid-back, affordable and
ultimately get the kids outside and away from their phones and tablets.”
Copper Mountain positions itself as an accessible resort that welcomes
Aspen Snowmass will
debut new family
activities next summer.
Gold Summit Climbing Wall
Breckenridge has an
Alpine Slide that’s
perfect for families.