Copper WinterBike and first-ever Frisco BrewSki touring event come to Summit Jan. 23
What: An afternoon and evening of fat-bikes races through the villages at Copper Mountain and surrounding trails, featuring a kid’s Strider race before sundown and an adult race after dark
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Center Village start line, Copper Mountain
Cost: $20 for adults, free for kids
Registration for all races begins at 3 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza just outside of Center Village. Demo bikes are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23-24. Demo Strider bikes and free fun races on the Strider snow course are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23-24. For more info, see www.coppercolorado.com.
Frisco BrewSki ski touring event
What: The first-annual ski touring event at the Frisco Peninsula sponsored by Frisco and New Belgium Brewing, with “happy hour” touring on classic or skate skis
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.
Where: Frisco Adventure Park, 621 Recreation Way in Frisco
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids
The ski touring event is a fun race, with no timing or formal awards. It’s open to all ages and costumes are encouraged. The touring portion runs from 2-4 p.m. and is followed by a post-race party from 4-6 p.m. To register or find out more, see www.friscobrewski.com.
Have you ever wanted to dress in a tutu and ski around the Frisco Peninsula for a taste of New Belgium’s latest concoction? Even if you haven’t this weekend is your chance.
On Saturday, Frisco and Copper Mountain are hosting two entirely different (and entirely distinctive) races. Out on the Frisco Peninsula, the first-ever Frisco BrewSki gives ski-touring fans of all ages and abilities the chance to dress up, clip in and tour around the Frisco Adventure Center trails for what’s probably the only “happy hour” touring event in the state, or at least Summit County.
Over in Copper, the popular WinterBike event returns for the fifth year with mountain bike and fat-bike races for youngsters and adults. Copper has fat-bike fever all weekend, including free demo fleets on Saturday and Sunday to highlight the afternoon and after-dark races through Center Village and across lower Copper Mountain.
Interested yet? Here’s a look at both events with all the details you need. One thing’s for sure: January is anything but boring.
Frisco and New Belgium Brewing present the inaugural Frisco BrewSki, a happy hour ski tour at the Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Nordic Center. The family-friendly event is for all ski abilities and ages, and costumes are encouraged. New Belgium Brewing will also release their new Citradelic IPA for legal participants to sample.
The skiing portion of the event is from 2-4 p.m., starting at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge and heading onto the groomed and scenic terrain at the Frisco Nordic Center. The after-party from 4-6 p.m. wraps up the skiing portion at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge.
This is not a race, a release from the town claims, but is instead a chance to form a team with friends and family, don costumes and enjoy a fun ski tour through the woods — with an occasional stop for beverages and snacks. There will be no professional timing and prizes will be for best costume, toughest costume to ski in and more. In general, competitiveness will be discouraged except when it comes to costumes and who is laughing the loudest.
“There is a thriving ski touring scene in Summit County,” said Linsey Joyce, recreation programs manager for the town. “Ski touring is a really laidback and social activity, and we have wanted to team up with New Belgium for quite a while to highlight this unique aspect of our mountain culture.”
Classic cross-country or skate skis are recommended for the event. The terrain at the Frisco Nordic Center varies from flat trails to mellow hills and participants can choose their own adventure. There is no designated course, but participants will be provided with a map and a suggested route to best take advantage of beer sampling and snack stations. This event is designed to accommodate participants of all skill levels and ages. Rental skis are available through the Nordic center.
Advance registration is $15 per adult and $10 for youth (17 years old and younger) and available online or over the phone at (970) 668-2558. Day-of registration is $20 per adult and $15 for youth (17 years old and younger) and available at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge starting at 1 p.m. on race day. Participants must register as a team of two to four people and participants should be ready to provide a team name when registering. Each team will be entered to win door prizes from New Belgium and each participant will receive a surprise BrewSki commemorative gift.
WinterBike is back for its fifth year at Copper Mountain. It’s a family affair, with Strider bike races capped off by the annual mountain bike and fat-bike race at night.
Kids 9 years old and younger gather at the start line at 4:30 p.m. to partake in the Strider LittleBike fun ride through Center Village, with prizes awarded for best flair and decked-out bike. The JuniorBike kicks off at 5 p.m., giving younger competitors between 10 and 16 years old a taste of what winter biking is all about as they conquer the on-mountain course. Registration for both youth races is free.
The main event begins at 6:30 p.m., when WinterBike racers take off into the night to conquer the challenging climbs and snowy eight-mile course throughout Copper’s villages and on-mountain terrain.
Registration for all races begins at 3 p.m. in Center Village. The cost to enter WinterBike is $20, with all proceeds benefitting Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers, a bicycle club whose mission is to build better communities through cycling by providing activities to promote health and recreation.
Upon crossing the finish line, racers and spectators are invited to join winners for a post-party at Incline Bar and Grill. For more information on the night’s schedule, see http://www.coppercolorado.com.
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