Copper Mountain Resort sheds its winter shell for summer recreation |

Copper Mountain Resort sheds its winter shell for summer recreation

Breeana Laughlin

Summit County’s mountain resorts aren’t just for snow lovers. They’re also popular with those looking to soak in the summer sun.

During the summertime, Copper Mountain Resort is crawling with mountain bikers and hikers, gravity-defying thrill-seekers soaring through the air on ziplines, squealing children making a splash as their bumper boats collide and lead-foot drivers whirling around the go-kart track.

“When you come here during the summer the atmosphere is very laid back, the temperature is amazing and there is something for everybody,” said Austyn Williams, a spokeswoman for Copper Mountain.

The resort will open for the summer season June 14-16. Copper Creek Golf Course, the highest course in North America, also will open June 14.

The “never summer” people who bask in winter’s glory can continue living in a winter wonderland at Copper. Resort employees have preserved a large chunk of the winter white stuff for visitors to play in during the off-season.

Woodward at Copper is reopening as a year-round indoor snowboard and ski training facility on June 15 after completion of a half-million-dollar renovation project. Activities after the improvements will include new public on-the-snow jib-park sessions complete with lift access.

When the Woodward at Copper Barn was built in 2009, it catered specifically to pros, giving leading athletes a place to advance their skills. Now, beginners — even never-evers — can take advantage of the facility. It will be open to BMXers, mountain bikers, skateboarders, skiers and snowboarders.

“Terrain parks can be scary to go into for the first time,” Williams said. “What we’ve done here is to take that out of the equation, so beginners can come in and learn. It’s not intimidating, and there are amazing coaches that can walk you through the process.”

During the summer, Wanderlust, a four-day festival that incorporates yoga, music and nature, will be held over the Fourth of July weekend for the first time. Other musical events include the Guitar Town Festival, Genuine Jazz and Wine, and Copper Country.

Fridays at Copper offer free live music, movies and activities. Other events held throughout the summer include a yoga symposium, village art walk, MS benefit concert, the Warrior Dash and more. The mountain resort also will host summer camps for kids.

“There’s tons of stuff to do up here, and it’s really great to embrace the mountains during the summer,” Williams said.

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