Family Weekender: Denver

Mountain Biking at Winter Park
By Bill Scanlon
Go Guide: Winter Park
Activities: Mountain biking
Age Levels: 10 and up
Hours from Denver: 1.5
Getting There:
Take Interstate 70 west to the U.S. 40 West exit. Exit at the Winter Park resort on the left.
Contact: Winter Park Resort, 239 Winter Park Dr., Winter Park, CO, 1-800-979-0332,
Extra Treats: By the end of the day, everyone should have gotten all the thrills they want, but if there is energy left over, try the alpine slide.

The thrill of downhill without the agony of uphill is now available for the mountain-biking family. Fifteen dollars buys an all-day chairlift pass up the Zephyr Lift at Winter Park.

Lift operators put the family on one chair, their bicycles on the trailing chair. Once on top, the kids can go screaming down a black expert run, while Mom and Dad take the gentle blue run-or vice versa.

The trails aren't the ski slopes themselves, but single-track trails and cat-track trails that cut across the slopes.

A word of caution: be wary of mountain goats. They're beautiful to gaze at, but ornery if you run them over.


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