Copper offering a summer speed fix |

Copper offering a summer speed fix

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Jon Jakupcak, left, and Jake Peterson corner their go-carts Friday afternoon while circling the track in Copper Mountain's Chapel Lot.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Gripping the steering wheel, white knuckled with a friend and an adversary’s cart just inches away as you round a bend…This feeling is now easily accessible at Copper Mountain after the resort opened the only go-cart track in Summit County on Saturday. The one-eighth mile packed road-base track (with magnesium chloride) is located in the chapel lot at Copper. It has the perfect blend of turns with a good straightaway that allows the better driver the chance to show their skills, while the novice can learn quickly and easily. The carts have 6.5 horsepower belt-driven engines that allow the one or two-seaters to reach up to 22 miles per hour.”We wanted to bring something that is new to the county and will appeal to all age groups,” said Craig Bootenhoff, manager of lift operations and special projects for Copper Mountain.

Drivers must be 56 inches tall, while riders must be at least 4 years old.Ten minutes on the track – which can feel much longer – costs $10 per person. With six carts on the track at once, there are constant efforts to pass and keep others from passing as you race around the course. The track is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends and holidays, the course may stay open longer. In mid-July Copper will add another option to anyone looking for more variety in Summit County. A miniature golf course is under construction just east of the American Eagle chair lift. “(The course) is going to be beautiful,” said Janice Pappas, business manager for the Village at Copper.

On a daily basis, Copper also offers a rock climbing wall, a quad bungee jump, paint ball, mountain biking, fishing and disc golf.”You can come up here and spend your whole day if you want to,” Bootenhoff said.For more information on any of Copper’s summer activities, call (970) 968-2318, or visit is not the only resort in Summit County with fun things to do in the summer. At Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 Fun Park there’s a climbing wall, a SuperSlide, a miniature golf course, the Sky Fly Power Trampoline, zip lines, a mountain bike park, a jumping castle and the largest human maze in Colorado.

For more information on any of Breckenridge’s activities, visit Resort offers world-class golf courses, horseback riding, mountain biking, a miniature golf course, boating and fly-fishing. For more information on Keystone’s summer activities, visit Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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