Keystone, Breckenridge open for summer biking, hiking and tubing June 10 | SummitDaily.com

Keystone, Breckenridge open for summer biking, hiking and tubing June 10

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Just a few short weeks after the lifts stopped spinning for ski season, Keystone and Breckenridge are back in business for the summer season.

Local's day at Breck

It all kicks off June 9 at Peak 8 in Breck with the annual (and always popular) Local's Appreciation Day at the Breck Summer Fun Park.

The resort invites Summit County residents to donate canned goods for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center and enjoy a sneak peak of the on-mountain park from 1-3 p.m. Featured activities include the Gold Runner Coaster and the Alpine Superslide, plus a limited number of other activities. The park is accessible via the free Breck Connect Gondola that afternoon.

Fun in the summer sun at Breck

The next day, on June 10, Breck officially welcomes summer with the public opening of the fun park at 9:30 a.m. Found high on the slopes above downtown Breckenridge, and easily accessible via the free gondola, the Summer Fun Park features activities for all ages, including the coaster, alpine slide, Breck Treks guided hikes, four-by-four off-road tours, off-road Segway tours, a climbing wall, mini golf and more.

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New this summer is Breck Kids' Base Camp. The camp is made just for the mountain's youngest guests, featuring a small zipline, kid-friendly challenge course and a summer tubing hill for children weighing between 30 and 100 pounds.

If you head to the park early in the season, be aware that lingering snowpack has had an impact on mountain biking programs, Segway tours and ziplines, which will open at later date. Hiking programs and off-road tours will also be limited.

And, of course, sledding and tubing on any remaining snow isn't permitted.

Biking, boating and Kidtopia at Keystone

Like its cousin to the west, Keystone also opens for the summer season on June 10 with a variety of Rocky Mountain experiences, such as downhill mountain biking, golfing, hiking, free family programs, lake activities, summer snow tubing and a slew of village festivals.

First up, the Keystone Bike Park. Known as one of the most renowned bike parks in the Rockies, the park opens on Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m., with early-season trail access from the gondola mid-station. New for 2016, the Keystone Bike Academy caters to riders of all levels with beginner and intermediate clinics, private lessons and downhill guides. Season passes start at $169, with a variety of options available, including Vail Resort's FreeRide pass, offering unlimited riding in Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe.

Next up, something for the kiddos. Keystone's signature Kidtopia program provides families with a variety of free, daily activities and adventures beginning June 10. Daily activities include nature hikes, dodgeball games, interactive kite building workshops and Wild West nights. The daily summer Kidtopia schedule is available online at http://www.keystoneresort.com.

If the youngsters want to race, the Kidtopia Strider Balance Bike Series is a free race series designed for children ages 2-5 years old. The eight-race series takes place on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. in River Run Village, with registration from 9-10 a.m. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers. Upcoming races are June 12 and June 19.

Finally, something for alpine beachgoers at Lakeside Village. Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, lakeside bicycle rides — no matter what you choose, Keystone Lake has it all. Along with watercraft, the Keystone Adventure Center provides boat and bike rentals, arcade games, beach toys, snacks and a bar.

Summer tubing at Keystone

Yes, you read that right: Keystone is the place to get your snow fix this summer. Even after the close of the ski and snowboard season, guests can still get their adrenaline fix at the Adventure Point tubing hill, where a not-so-secret stash of snow awaits.

Situated at 11,640 feet atop Dercum Mountain, Keystone boasts the only summer snow tubing operation in Colorado that’s held on real-live snow. Guests can zip down multiple tubing lanes, no winter apparel required, and enjoy conveyor-lift access back to the top.

The hill is scheduled to open on June 10 with the resort’s other summer activities.

Breck Summer Fun Park

Where: Peak 8 at Breckenridge

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

Play: Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine Superslide, guided hikes, off-road Segway tours, four-by-four tours, kid-friendly zipline and more

Cost: $36-$77 for adults, $36-$52 for kids

Three passes are available for complete access, limited access with coaster rides and limited access with no rides. The park is open daily until Labor Day, when it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until closing on Sept. 18. Free parking is available at the Gondola North parking lot. The gondola begins running daily at 9 a.m. For an update on available activities early in the season, call (970) 453-5000 or see the summer website at http://www.breckenridge.com.