Summer Resort Guide: Colorado

Get high in the Centennial State's mountains this summer at these six ski resorts full of year-round fun.

Vail’s Summer

Epic Discovery Ropes Course at Vail Resort
Enjoying the high road in Vail.Photo: Abby Hein and Vail Resorts

Think Vail is big in the winter? Try it out in the summer and its size will probably blow your mind (again). The mountain bike trails are endless, and family fun is just an Epic Discovery Pass away. Click to see our profile of summer in Vail.

Don’t miss: GoPro Mountain Games, June 6-9

Summer at Winter Park Resort

Summer beers at Winter Park Resort
Cheers to summer at Winter ParkCourtesy of Winter Park Resort

Escape the heat of the city and explore hiking trails, views, and more at Denver’s closest ski resort. Plus, with 600 miles of trails, most of which are lift-served, mountain bikers will be anything but bored. Check out our favorite summer activities at Winter Park.

Best event: Village Uncorked, July 6

Purgatory Resort’s Super Fun Summer

Muck and Mire at Purgatory Resort
Get over the wall and into Summer.Photo: Scott DW Smith

Reader beware: You’ll likely fall in love with Southwestern Colorado if it’s your first time there. Our favorite spot for fun in the sun? Purgatory Resort, which sits just north of Durango and offers stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. Take a lift to get a better view. Read about Purgatory summer activities here.

Get dirty: Muck & Mire Mud Adventure Race, Aug. 3

Summer Activities in Crested Butte

Big event at Crested Butte
Jammin’ at the mountain.Photo: Trent Bona/CBMR

This charming little mountain town comes alive in a big way during the summer months. But make sure you explore the mountains as much as the town. Bring your hiking shoes, a mountain bike, or even your bow and arrows. Click for more info about Crested Butte’s summer experiences.

Get cultured: Crested Butte Arts Festival, Aug. 2-4

Telluride’s Summer Festivals and More

Golfing at Telluride Ski Resort
Fore!Photo: Telluride Ski Resort and Brett Scheckengost

Far from the crowded Front Range of Colorado, Telluride offers views and music festivals for everyone, not to mention some white-knuckle adventures for the brave. Via ferrata during the Widespread Panic show, anyone? Scratch your mountain itch in Telluride this summer with some of these awesome activities.

We pick this one: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 20-23

Aspen Snowmass’ Summer

Mountain biking Snowmass with Wildflowers
Wildflowers and singletrack is the best.Photo courtesy of AspenSnowmass // Seth Beckton

The power is strong with these four mountains in the summer time. If you don’t like the views from the top of Aspen Mountain, head over to Snowmass to get your thrills at the bike park or in the Lost Forest. See what’s new and what’s still awesome in Aspen in our Summertime Local’s Guide.

Drink it up: The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 14-16

Looking for more great summer activities at North American ski areas? See the top 5 picks for Utah here, or see SKI’s entire summer content channel here.