First Day of Spring on Copper Mountain

A great way to spend the first day of spring!

In my estimation, there is no better way to spend the first day of spring, then cruising down a snow packed run, while peering at endless sights of majestic mountains?

After a quick pit stop at Pioneer Sports in Frisco, CO to check out the latest gear and rental scene, we headed further west on the great I-70 towards my favorite snowboarding mountain…Copper Mountain. Copper offers a little something for everyone: awesome backcountry skiing, great tree runs, forgiving beginner trails, fun and creative parks, fantastic scenery and efficient lifts.

To get warmed up, my wife and I decided to take American Eagle lift up and ride the bountiful blue runs back to Center Village. Rhapsody to Main View was our warm up slope selection. After the warm up, we scurried over to American Flyer to see if we could find any hidden powder pockets.

Heading up American Flyer to find "greener grass"

At the top of Flyer, we decided to do a quick secondary warm-up run. We started down High Point, then through the cool natural terrain park, Jeep Adventure Trail, then cut off to Vein Glory. At the head of Vein Glory, we found a small terrain park with some smaller kickers and decided to have fun on those. After the kickers, we cut over to Scooter and followed it back to Center Village. Although we didn’t find much fresh snow, it was a fun run with lots of playful jumps, trees and small terrain features to play on. We decided to do that same run again until lunch time. Typically, we would head to the back bowls by this point in the morning, however, the wind was picking up and we heard from some locals that they hadn’t gotten snow in a week. We figured the bowl conditions would not be worth the investment of time it would take to get back there.

After a quick lunch and rehydration session, we hit Flyer again. The remainder to the day was spent weaving our way through various blues and greens and making the most of our partial sunny, minimally crowded day on the mountain. I’ll admit that the snow conditions were less than ideal on this day, but it didn’t deter us from having a blast! Of course it never hurts to have your best friend tearin’ up the mountain beside you!

Even when the snow is less than ideal, you can never go wrong being on the mountain!

So, in case you missed my point… here it is again in bold fashion: Grab your gear, grab your friends and head to the mountains regardless of the snow conditions! It is spring in the high country and that means that at any moment, a big dumping of snow can happen in conjunction with warmer weather and sunshine. As I write this blog, in fact, I feel tiredness in my arms from shoveling my driveway of the 12″ of snow received yesterday. Copper, in fact has had 22″ in the last week alone.

See you on the mountain!

Fresh Snow = Get to the High Country ASAP

In an attempt to persuade you to the mountains this week and this weekend, let me offer up two persuasions: One, I’ll start by showing you the forecast and two, I’ll give you my best of the best runs at a couple of my favorite ski resorts.

Step 1: Convince you that epic skiing, which includes snow accumulation is inevitable! Also, Summit County resorts had anywhere from 6-15 inches of new snow in the last week. Check out the forecast below.

Summit County, Colorado 7 Day Forecast
Wednesday, Feb 20th

High: 26°F
Low: 8°F
Snow. 80% chance of precipitation during the day; 82% chance at night.

Thursday, Feb 21st

High: 19°F
Low: 2°F
Snow. 80% chance of precipitation during the day; 28% chance at night.

Friday, Feb 22nd

High: 17°F
Low: 3°F
Chance Snow. 30% chance of precipitation during the day; 12% chance at night.

Saturday, Feb 23rd

High: 24°F
Low: 7°F
Chance Snow. 22% chance of precipitation during the day; 32% chance at night.

Sunday, Feb 24th

High: 14°F
Low: 0°F
Chance Snow. 36% chance of precipitation during the day; 26% chance at night.

Step 2: My favorite runs from my favorite Ski Resorts

Vail Mountain: When most ski and snowboard fanatics think of Vail, their mind races to epic days they’ve had in the back bowls. Though it takes a while to wind your way back, it is well worth your time to get to the “good stuff”. If I had to pin point my favorite back bowl, I would have to say that Blue Sky Basin is the cream of the crop for back country skiers and snowboarders! Even when there isn’t fresh snow, you can almost always find fresh powder tucked in pockets of “let’s do that again” terrain. Taking the Skyline Express Lift up, one of my favorite runs is Lover’s Leap. It’s a black diamond run and with fresh snow, it is a playground of fun. You can find small and large rocks to hop off of, natural log rails to slide across and plenty of treed pockets of powder to play in.

Lover's Lead offers lots of play time

Test your moxy on Lover's Leap, Vail Mountain

Copper Mountain: Copper Mountain is probably my favorite mountain because of the diversity of terrain it offers. Not only can you glide down an abundance of green and blue trails on the front side, the back bowls and terrain offer the advanced snow sportsman and woman some great challenge and fun. Though I love the front side and can always find great snowboarding there, my favorite part of the mountain is the backside. I love all the runs in the Copper Bowl. You can get there by taking the Mountain Chief lift, skiing off the backside and then walking up to the top of the bowl. When there is fresh snow back there, you can be sure to have an epic day!

Copper Bowl of Fun

If you need to gear up or try out some new stuff, stop by Pioneer Sports in Frisco. They offer demo gear and top of the line equipment. You can also get your discount lift tickets there! See you on the mountain!

 

 

Keystone Kidtopia

The whole family will have fun at Kidtopia!

Ski resorts always seem to create and implement some of the coolest ideas. I know this reality is based on wanting to increase sales and constantly create new business.  None-the-less, many of these new programs and ideas only serve to benefit us, the participant. One such “awesomely creative” concept to come about in the last decade was Copper’s Woodward. Woodward is an indoor training facility to learn park/free ride skills that can be transferred to the real mountain. Brilliant! There have also been many other ideas born in reaction to a couple seasons of not-so-great-snow. One of these great concepts comes from Keystone Resort. It is called Kidtopia and it is not just for kids, but the whole family. Though it is a couple of years old, this year it is bigger and better! Keystone states that, “Kidtopia is back and bigger than ever this year with activities for kids taking place daily.  It’s a festival designed just for them, a fun-filled, kid-friendly experience, but one that the whole family can enjoy!  Explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, have fun with arts and crafts, go Tubing for 80′s Night, Enjoy free cookies at Dercum Square Ice Rink EVERYDAY and join in on continuing education activities on and off the slopes.  There’s always something fun going on for kids and their families!” Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?!

Kids will love it...so will mom and dad.

The Snowfort, pictured above is my favorite part of this kid friendly, wonderland! There are tunnels, a maze, a slide and lookout tower for kids to explore! It is something to see and kids will not forget it. Check out more of their scheduled activities and programs on their website. So, head out this weekend or next to Keystone; hit the slopes and bring the whole family to explore and participate in Kidtopia! I guarantee your kids will have a blast, and maybe, just maybe, it can be incentive to behave at school during the week. That’s a win, win situation in my book.

Don’t forget, if you need to purchase lift tickets and rent some gear for your trip, head over to Pioneer Sports in Frisco.

 

Mountain Magic – Snow Update

I looked out the window this morning and noticed a fresh coat of snow on the ground. I have been waiting for that whimsical scene for quite some time now. Not just because I can’t wait to send my 10 month old son, Casen, down the a hill on a sled for the first time, but because I want to strap on my own boots and send myself down a “hill”. Now that all of the “Big Boy” ski resorts are open and have been kicking out snow for several weeks now, I thought I would give an updated snow report. Finally, WE HAVE SNOW people! They are also calling for more snow at many of the resorts throughout Colorado. Despite the recent great snow fall, the resorts are on an average snow pace.

So, check out the below snow “snap-shot” for your favorite mountain, and get your gear ready for the weekend! Of course, even better, if you have a day available during the week… you can find some fresh powder and fewer crowds. Stop by Pioneer Sports to try out some new digs and to buy your discounted lift tickets.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/ 7

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    5″
30″ – 30″
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Winter Park Resort Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/21

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    10″
29″ – 29″
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Eldora Mountain Resort Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    2″
72 HR:    11″
27″ – 27″
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Aspen / Snowmass Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    2″
72 HR:    17″
20″ – 26″
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Snowmass Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    1″
72 HR:    15″
20″ – 26″
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N/A 10°F Weather
Steamboat Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/15

24 HR:    8″
72 HR:    16″
22″ – 22″
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Wolf Creek Ski Area Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/ 7

24 HR:    2″
72 HR:    5″
19″ – 21″
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N/A 3°F Weather
Beaver Creek Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    4″
72 HR:    17″
19″ – 19″
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 6/16

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    8″
18″ – 18″
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Breckenridge Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    15″
18″ – 18″
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Copper Mountain Resort Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    9″
18″ – 18″
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Keystone Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/ 7

24 HR:    5″
72 HR:    11″
18″ – 18″
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Loveland Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 5/ 5

24 HR:    4″
72 HR:    21″
18″ – 18″
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Telluride Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/ 7

24 HR:    3″
72 HR:    9″
18″ – 18″
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Vail Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Closing: 4/14

24 HR:    6″
72 HR:    16″
18″ – 18″
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Durango Mountain Resort Last Updated: 12/11 Projected Opening Dates: 11/23

24 HR:    0″
72 HR:    0″
8″ – 12″
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Tis the Season of Snow…

A-Basin gets rolling earlyfriends don't let friends miss out on early season snow action

As is the norm every year in Colorado, the race for 2012′s early-bird ski-season opening came down to the dedicated, snow-making few. This year’s title goes to Arapahoe-Basin who opened last Wednesday, October 17. Loveland Ski Area soon followed suit and opened their lift yesterday, Oct. 23. With the gorgeous weather we have had in the Centennial State for a majority of the fall, it doesn’t quite feel like it’s time to hit the slopes. But… with

friends don't let friends miss early season

2 resorts already opened, ski/snowboard season is upon us. Now all we need is a lot more snow!

A-Basin currently has High Noon and the High Divide Terrain Park open for your fake-snow pleasure. Loveland Ski Area consists of Catwalk, Mambo, and Home Run, complete with tree to tree coverage and an 18-inch base. Loveland also claims to have five park features available.

With snow in the forecast, head to the hills to get in some early season fine-tuning on the mountain. Now is the time (if you haven’t done so already) to tune up your board or skis and replace worn out gear. Stop by Pioneer Sports and they will be more than happy to take care of you as you prep for early runs and the remaining season crux. Pioneer Sports has a rockin’ sale going on right now. Up to 50% off of last year’s winter apparel; some of your favorite brands such as The North Face, Columbia, Burton and more.

Be on the lookout for other larger ski towns and resorts to open their doors from early to late November.

Believe it or not, the season IS HERE! Are you ready?

 

Fall Bike Rides – Fun and Family

September is the perfect time to break out the bikes!

This coming weekend is THE weekend to get out and play in Colorado’s “gold country”! Last weekend I took a day trip to Grand Lake for work. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 75% of the aspens had already turned or were starting to turn. Not only were there beautiful gold colors dotting the landscape, but also some that were crisp orange and crimson. I had a smile all the way to Grand Lake and back to Conifer. I am pretty confident that the next week and half will prove to be the pinnacle of fall colors throughout most of the state. You don’t want to miss it in Summit County! If you want to be a little more active and intimate than plugging along in your vehicle, you should plan a family mountain bike ride. In my estimation, one of the best ways to experience the fall in Colorado is on a mountain bike! Below are a few great Summit County family trails. Not only will you be able to enjoy time with your family and get a little exercise, but your journey will be wrapped in one of the most spectacular color phases of the year. Oh yeah, and missing the traffic and crowds on the roadways should add to the allure.

Take the whole family mountain biking this weekend.

Frisco to Breckenridge: (from summitcolorado.com)

The distance is 9.5 miles with a moderate grade.  This is a perfect ride to take the kids on because the trail is flat and safe.  During the peak summer months, the trail can become quite busy with other bikers, inline skaters, and hikers so use caution when traveling.  To access this section of the bike path from Frisco, go to the end of Frisco Main street or get off I-70 at exit 201, park in the park and ride next to Fiesta Jalisco, and you will see the bike path right there.  A sign will direct to Breckenridge to the left.  The trail begins through the wooded area behind the main street of Frisco.  Any of the turn offs to the left will lead to the Main Street.  Continuing along the trail winds through Bill’s Ranch and past the Library.  The path climbs a series of hills to a brief rest stop at the top.  A gentle downhill with a sharp corner leads to a parallel to highway 9 for a moment.  As the trail approaches Farmer’s Corner, it veers to the right around Summit High school.  A bit further down is a horse ranch and retaining wall elevated above the highway.  At the base of Gold Hill, is a bridge over the Blue River.  To the left you can see remains of the rock piling from the mining days.  The path then crosses a few roads and driveways that have large truck traffic from the Stan Miller Construction Company so use caution.  Eventually the path mirrors the Blue River.  In the distance is the Breckenridge Recreation Center.  A bridge crosses the river and views of kayakers playing in the water is likely.   The path passes Kingdom Park, the Summit County Justice Center and Commercial shops.

Boreas Pass to Bakers Tank (from summitcolorado.com)

In the summer months, this dirt road is full of people, but for a good reason.  The Bakers Tank single track is a great easy-to-moderate ride that is perfect for a short day with the family.  This road was the path of the abandoned narrow gauge rail bed to scenic views and historic remains.  For some not wanting to ride on the road, you can drive up Boreas Pass Road (last light out of town, pass the Breckenridge Ice Rink on the left).  Continue on this road till you come to a parking area and dirt road.  You can begin your ride there, however, I prefer to park at the Breckenridge Ice Rink and climb up Boreas Pass Road, take a right on the dirt road cut off, and arriving at the parking lot.  This is an excellent road for a novice in the sport of mountain biking, for it is wide and the views are incredible.  The ride passes beautiful aspen groves and is my favorite ride when the leaves begin to change.  The road continues up to an old water tank on the left hand side.  Wishing to bike Bakers Tank, take the dirt road to the left of the tank and follow it to a single track to the left.  You will continue on rolling hills until junction in the road.  If you head straight you will end up on Baldy Mountain Road.  But to continue the loop head left.  This trail glides through the forest back to your car if you parked in the parking area.  If parked by the Ice Rink, look for a dirt road that heads down from the parking lot.  From there you can connect to the remaining part of the trail.  This section is great as you pass historic mining relics and decent down old mining tailings.  The trail will spit you out on the first tight corner of Boreas Pass Road and a ½ mile from the Ice rink.

Vail Pass to Frisco

The12 mile coasting bike trip on paved trail from the top of Vail Pass through Copper Mountain Resort ending in the town of Frisco. This trip is perfect for families and folks that just want spectacular views and not much peddling. Most participants in this trip will stop at Copper Mountain and take a scenic chairlift ride, play miniature golf, scale the rock climbing wall, ride go-carts, visit shops in the village, have a picnic, or have lunch at a local café. When finished at Copper the riders travel down to Frisco through the incredible Ten Mile Canyon on paved trail. Along this stretch of the trail the rider can stop and sit by one of the many beautiful mountain lakes, lounge by the stream, or visit an old mine. Once in Frisco you can also shop and dine. It is up to you.

You can rent all your biking gear at Pioneer Sports. If the Vail Pass ride sounds awesome to you, then Pioneer Sports can shuttle your family up to the top!

Fall Foliage Drives In And Around Summit County

Im my opinion, September and into early October is the best time of the year to be in the mountains. The summer heat is dissipating and the cool, crisp morning and evenings invigorate my senses. I have noticed over the last week or two, the aspen leaves starting to turn. Colorado residents know that fall calls for a brilliant change to the foliage through the entire Centennial State.  Colorful alpine shrubs turn crimson and burnt orange, while cottonwoods and aspens shimmer like gold with the passing breeze. Much like it’s deciduous neighbors to the east, the Rocky Mountains are a fall spectacle in their own right. Below are some of my favorite  ventures in and around Summit County. Plan a road trip with your family to check out the colors this year.

Boreas Pass

Take I-70 west and then Highway 9 south through Breckenridge. Make a left at the stoplight on the south side of Breck onto Boreas Pass Road. After 3.5 miles the pavement ends, but you can continue another 11 miles to the town of Como. From there, take Highway 285 back to Denver over Kenosha Pass. The Boreas Pass Road will take you above timberline where the weather can change quickly, so check with us for your forecast before making the trip. Boreas Pass Road follows an abandoned railroad grade which was the original route of the Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad. You will have incredible views of the Continental Divide as you pass the flank of Bald Mountain.

Tennessee Pass

Take I-70 west to Vail and exit onto US 24 east to Leadville. On the way to Tennessee Pass you will see on of Colorado’s fourteeners to the west. This route follows the Arkansas River and the Rio Grande Railroad. It was also the original Native American trail across the mountains. On the west side of the pass, the railroad follows the Eagle River down a 3% grade to the mining towns of Minturn and Belden. (Mount of the Holy Cross in the Sawatch Range).

Independence Pass

Take I-70 to exit 171 just past Vail to pick up US 24 west. This will take you to Twin Lakes, where you pick up Highway 82 toward Aspen. This beautiful drive through the San Isabel National Forest will afford picturesque views of the Sawatch Range, which is home to several of Colorado’s 14ers. From Aspen you can continue on Highway 82 to Glenwood Springs where you will meet back up with I-70. Heading back toward Denver, you will drive through the gorgeous Glenwood Canyon where a hike to Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock would make for a nice picnic.

Maroon Bells

Take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs to Highway 82 east. Follow 82 to the Aspen Roundabout where you will pick up the Maroon Creek Road exit. A parking lot off the roundabout offers shuttle service to Maroon Bells Road. Nestled in the Gunnison and White River National Forests, this area varies from 7,500 to over 14,000 feet! The Maroon Bells is one of Colorado’s most photographed landmarks. The mirror-like reflective Maroon Lake will afford incredible views of the surrounding terrain and vegetation, which happens to be full of our lovely Colorado Aspen.

The scenery in Colorado is always incredible in my book. Add in addional flavors of colors and you have the makings of a spectacular show that you don’t want to miss. If you want to increase your intimacy with the fall and its offerings, then rent a mountain bike from Pioneer Sports for a day or two. Load up the family and shuttle up to Vail Pass for more increadible fall scenery. See you in the mountains!

 

Celebrate 4th of July in the mountains!

Spend time this week to reflect on our great freedoms!

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Happy 4th of July! I contend that a great celebration of our independence would be to explore Colorado’s spectacular weather and “screen saver” beauty while in the mountains! The reality is, one of the many, and in my opinion, underrated freedoms we as Americans enjoy, is the incredible access we have to public land.  Celebrate your freedom in America’s great mountain communities of Frisco, Dillon, Breckenridge and Keystone!

Here are a few of the Summit County celebration events on July 4th that you won’t want to miss:

July 4th Bike Parade and Celebration at the River Run Village – Keystone

Kids Free Fishing Derby, Lakeside Village – Keystone

KIDTOPIA Kids Fest, River Run Village – Keystone

Fireworks display over Lakeside Village – Keystone

Event at National Repertory Orchestra: The National Repertory Orchestra Presents a July 4th Patriotic Celebration – Breckenridge/Dillon

Carter Park Independence Day 10k Trail Run – Breckenridge

Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – Breckenridge

Fireworks over Main Street – Breckenridge (9:30PM)

Main Street Parade, Followed by Live Music – Frisco

Old Fashioned 4th in Town Park including: Children’s Bike Parade, Watermelon
Eating Contest, Turtle Races, Pie Eating Contests, Children’s Crafts & BOCCE
Tournament – Dillon

Boat Parade, Dillon Marina & Marina Park – Dillon

Fireworks Display over Frisco Bay – Frisco/Dillon (9:30PM)

Lastly, for those of you who want to try a new approach to celebrations, plan to take your family into the mountains on a hike or a mountain bike ride for the 4th! I personally love the solitude and grandeur of spending time in God’s perfect creation; this is where I can reflect and appreciate our great country and freedoms like no other place. Stop by Pioneer Sports to rent all your gear. Talk to the friendly and helpful staff about where you can go to get away from the crowds! Wherever you decide to spend the 4th this year, and whatever you do, try to make it a lasting memory. Take time to reflect on our freedoms and those who sacrifice for you to keep them. Create an adventure, have fun, be safe, be responsible and give those you love a big hug!

 

 

Biking Rules – Written and Unwritten

Follow the rules: Biking Colorado

While driving up a mountain pass recently with a friend, we approached a road biker that frankly decided that he wanted to own the road for the next 5 miles. After a mile of  inching along behind the “burdenless biker”, we began to get a little irritated. Now, this wasn’t a four-lane road or a road in which you can easily pass another slow vehicle or biker, but it was a two-lane, curvy road, made for one car only going in each direction. My buddy, who shall remain nameless, grew increasingly frustrated with the rider and threw out some words that shall also remain nameless and a few suggestions which shall also remain nameless. I can tell you however, that all of his suggestions would have resulted in the bike rider thinking twice about ever riding in front of a black, single cab Toyota Tacoma again. We eventually came to a straight stretch with the “happy dotted” lines we had been looking for. Needless to say, I think it’s time to clear the air in regards to “road rules”. If you ride bikes, it should be your ambition, while also being your responsibility, to obey all the written and unwritten “road rules”.  Maybe you didn’t realize that there are rules…but I can assure you, there are! Whether you are out for a day of road bikin’ or tearing down the side of a dirt mountain trail, please do your part to preserve and enhance our right and ability to ride. Let’s vow together to be conscience of the guidelines while being considerate of others in order to continue to present a positve image of the sport we love. Following are some Trail and Road Rules that will “steer” you on the right “path”…pun intended!

Bicycling on Colorado Roads

Let's maintain a positive image to non-participants!

  • Ride on the right, never ride against traffic
  • Ride no more than two abreast, returning to single-file if riding two abreast would impede the flow of traffic
  • On curving canyon roads without bike lanes or shoulders, play it safe and ride single file
  • Use hand signals to indicate right or left turns, slowing or stopping
  • Use a headlight, taillight and reflectors at night
  • Act like a vehicle on the roads — bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way
  • Wear appropriate gear to protect yourself: helmet, glasses and gloves
  • Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe

If you are interested in the legal jargon, then you can see Colorado’s bike statutes here.

Multi-Use Trails

  • Obey traffic control signs and markings on trail
  • Pass on the left, when the trail is clear of traffic
  • Give audible warning before overtaking other trail users
    - Ring your bike bell
    - Loudly and clearly call out “Passing”
  • Listen up! Headphones prevent you from hearing warnings
  • Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops
  • Do not stop on the trail in the way of other users
  • Ride single file so that other user may pass safely
  • Look for traffic before entering trail
  • Watch for the unexpected, especially with kids or dogs
  • Slow down when the trail is crowded and travel at speeds that are safe and appropriate to trail conditions

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Rules of the Trail

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.
Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.
Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding — and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible off-road cycling.

So, let’s ride safe, ride smart and ride hard. Visit Pioneer Sports to rent your bike and take a ride in Summit County this weekend!

Vail Pass – Shuttle Up and Cruise Down

A leisurely ride down from Vail Pass

One of the coolest services that PioneerSports offers in Summit County is the Free Vail Pass Shuttle. This is a great day out for all ages. So, gather up your best friend, girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, kids, grandparents or random stranger and “cruise the pass”. You can make a day trip out of this 14 mile ride, stopping along the way for a packed lunch picnic or to visit Copper Mountain’s Village. One of the many blessings of Summit County is the awe inspiring vistas that grace the horizon. This trip shows off this grace in its full-on glory!

You and your rental bikes will get taken to the top of Vail Pass where you can start your leisurely coast back down to Copper Mountain and through the beautiful Ten Mile Canyon.

Cruise through TenMile Canyon

You can then cruise right to Pioneer Sports’ back door; this incredible ride of about 14 miles is well worth your day, I promise! This is a twenty four hour rental so you have plenty of time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the trail or explore the resort at Copper or the Town of Frisco. Reservations are recommended, as this is a very popular trip. Shuttle times are 9am, 10am
& 11am daily.

  • Bike rental reservations are for Vail Pass Shuttle trips only.
  • All Summit County bike rentals include a bike helmet & lock.
  • Some restrictions do apply.

Pioneer Sports has road bikes, path bikes, mountain bikes and kid bikes to suit everyone’s style and need. You can even save time by reserving your rental bikes online!