Best of Colorado Business Choice 2016 recreation winners
Our readers pick the best skiing, mountain biking and hooky spots
Here are the winners and finalists in the recreation category of Best of Colorado Business Choice 2016.
BEST PLACE TO MOUNTAIN BIKE
Winter Park Resort
With more than 600 miles of trails, Winter Park Resort has been dubbed Mountain Bike Capital U.S.A.
The resort has it all, from mellow rides to challenging single-track adventures. It also offers guides and coaching. Coaches at its Trestle Bike Park School teach everything from the basics of downhill riding to boosting your skills to take on the toughest terrain.
Not sure mountain biking is for you? Winter Park offers rentals so you can try it before buying. Downhill bike packages include not only the bike, but also a full face helmet, sport jacket or elbow pads, knee/shin pads and gloves.
Runners-up: Eagle Ranch, Crested Butte Ski Resort, Fruita Tourism
BEST PLACE TO PLAY HOOKY
Just an hour and 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Keystone is a year-round playground, offering everything from skiing, ice skating and snowcat tours to golf, hiking and horseback riding.
The Keystone Nordic Center in the White River National Forest offers special programs like Ladies Days, Mountain Top Treks or Snowshoe Eco Hikes, as well as cross-country skiing, skate skiing and tubing.
Keystone’s two golf courses wind along the Snake River and through alpine meadows. There are nearly 60 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking.
A personalized treatment at the Spa at Keystone is the perfect way to relieve sore muscles at the end of an activity-filled day.
Runners-up: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Coors Field, Copper Mountain Ski Resort
BEST PLACE TO SKI
As one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, Vail has been a winter vacation destination for more than 50 years.
Vail’s seven legendary Back Bowls span seven miles, offering wide-open skiing and amazing views. The mountain also boasts the most groomed terrain on the planet, making it the perfect place for skiers of all abilities.
The vibrant pedestrian village is well-known for its fine dining and superb shopping, as well as great decks for a fun apres ski cocktail.
As its tagline goes, Vail is “like nothing on earth.”
Runners-up: Winter Park Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Keystone Resort