Winter Park open for summer season |

Winter Park open for summer season

Sky-Hi News Staff report
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Come summer, Winter Park Resort turns into a high-altitude destination for active vacationers, offering Colorado’s longest alpine slide, mini-golf, scenic chairlift rides and more than 33 miles of chairlift-accessible mountain bike terrain.

The resort will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, June 12 to Sept. 6., and Friday to Sunday from Sept. 10-27.

Tickets can be purchased for individual activities, including the alpine slide, scenic lift rides, mini-golf, the human maze, the outdoor climbing wall, GyroXtreme, leaps and bounds bungee, the zipline, the bouncy snowcat and the Mary Jane Mine mineral panning.

The Epic Singletrack Series, now in its 18th year, begins with the first of seven races on opening day.

The Epic Singletrack Series (formerly called the Winter Park Mountain Bike Races Series) is the largest cross-country series in Colorado. The races are open to anyone from beginner to pro, and more than $2,000 in raffle prizes are given away after each event. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on event day in West Portal Plaza. The first races start at 10 a.m.

The Trestle Gravity Series, which begins the first of three races on July 24, is a downhill race series designed for youth, families and new riders. Crankworx Colorado is a gravity-fueled mountain bike festival featuring some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes competing for more than $35,000 in cash prizes. The event, which runs from July 28 to Aug. 1, is open to spectators free of admission

Other bike events on the calendar this summer include the Fat Tire Classic July 16-18, which benefits the National Sports Center for the Disabled, and the 2010 Mountain States Cup regional championship series Sept. 4-6.

The resort will offer events all summer long. Highlights this summer include the Winter Park Chocolate Festival on June 26, which will be a treat for chocolate lovers around the state. The festival will include chocolate samples and fine chocolates for sale from a wide variety of regional vendors.

The Zoppe Italian Family Circus, from Aug. 6-8, welcomes guests into a 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition.

Famous Flamethrowers High Altitude Chili Cookoff, Aug. 21-22, features costumed chili chefs competing for the state title and the opportunity to represent the Rocky Mountain region in the World Chili Cook-off.

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