If you need some jaw-dropping freeride inspiration, head to Winter Park July 28-31 for Crankworx Colorado, one of the largest gravity-fueled mountain bike festivals in the United States. Events will include Slopestyle, Cross-Country, Rainmaker Air Downhill, Trestle Unchained Challenge, Dual Slalom and for the second year – a UCI Downhill event. Plus, a crowd favorite is returning this year, the Intergalactic Pond Crossing Championships. The world’s best mountain bikers will battle it out over four days for more than $35,000 in prizes.
Less than 70 miles from Denver, Winter Park not only offers world-class mountain biking. With an alpine slide, a bungee, an outdoor climbing wall, a zip line, a human maze, GyroEXTREME and mineral panning, it’s a kid’s paradise. Summer lodging deals at Winter Park begin at $40 per night, per person. The Zephyr Mountain Lodge offers luxury condos at the base of the resort, just steps from the lifts.