Ski lifts aren’t just for skiing. When the warm sun melts the snow blanketing towns at higher elevation, ski resorts serve as a mountain biker’s haven. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying down a hill without having to make the taxing climb up, you’ve got to try this! Check out some of our favorite lift-served mountain bike trails in Colorado to get your summer adrenaline fix.
Lift-Served Mountain Biking Trails in Colorado
Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park (formerly Evolution Bike Park)
Crested Butte is a mountain biker’s dream. A mix of technical and smooth routes, the bike park boasts over 30 miles of can’t-miss terrain. Take the lift up for a breathtaking view of the wildflowers. Just make sure to watch where you’re going on the way down, as the brightly-colored wildflowers can be distracting in this mountain bike mecca.
Bike Granby Ranch
Granby is a small town with a big biking population. Still, you probably won’t have to dodge crowds when you explore this ski area in the summer, as it’s tucked away between Winter Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Loved for its relatively ungroomed terrain catering to all levels of mountain biker, this best-kept secret won’t be a secret for long!
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park
Trestle is a legendary park in the mountain biking community. Named for its wooden trestles, the lift-served bike park offers slightly more manicured trails than Bike Granby Ranch just 20 miles away. Take lessons at the Trestle Bike Park School or hop of the lift and directly down a double black diamond- there is something for everyone!
Steamboat Bike Park
Making your way to Steamboat with a bike rack in tow? Say hello to 2,200 vertical feet of lift-served trails. The Boat used to be known more for its cross-country biking trails. Now, you may require a soak in the nearby Strawberry Park Hot Springs to soothe sore legs after a day mountain biking in Steamboat.
Snowmass Bike Park
Choose from classic cross-country trails or feel the wind in your hair as you wind down epic singletrack. Snowmass bike park is all about versatility on two wheels. The park features a few new intermediate/ expert trails so be the first to give em a try! Riding down from the top of Elk Camp Chairlift to Snowmass Village takes you on a 2,897 vertical foot decent.
Copper Mountain is a family-friendly destination all year, offering sought-after skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. The Eagle Lift serves all levels of biker, from challenging single-track trails to less aggressive routes. If catching a lift up isn’t your jam, wide service roads offer the ability to ride up after hours.
Mountain Village Bike Park at Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride has an ALL NEW bike park scheduled to open this summer and will offer day and season-long passes. Access XC, FREERIDE and TECHNICAL trails with the help of Village Express to make your way up. Then, enjoy the epic ride down!
Don’t have your own wheels? You can still experience all of the amazing mountain biking Colorado has to offer. Rent bikes from Christy Sports before you try out some of these awesome trails. Flying down without sweating the uphill is sure not to bring you down.