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Mountain Biking in Breck

Mountain biker silouetted at Breckenridge Woman mountain biking in Breckenridge Man riding the rails at Breckenridge mountain biking

Whether you're new to the sport of mountain biking or regularly rip up the singletrack around Colorado, Breckenridge summer activities offer experiences perfect for anyone. Breck offers lessons for beginner and intermediate mountain bike skill levels daily. In from out of town? Rent a bike and ride the lift or scope out the trails around town.




Come Ride with us!

Breck offers mountain bike lessons for beginner to intermediate levels. Take a lesson on terrain and tactics, safety, the local history, high altitude and weather anomalies, and what it takes to protect the high alpine environment. You can even book a guide without a lesson, in case you're up to the challenge!

Call 970-453-5000 for more information.

Beginner Mountain Bike LEssons at Breckenridge

Mountain Bike Lessons

Daily at 10:30am. Ages 6+

2.5 hour Mountain Biking lesson

Prepare for a true mountain adventure! Lessons are designed to introduce riders to the sport or offer further confidence and guidance for new riders still developing their skills. This class will get you ready for riding on your own. Our guides will utilize our skills track to demonstrate the techniques needed to navigate our mountain trails. Take the lesson as a family to understand your ability levels and get to know our trails with the safety of an experienced guide. This lesson will open up the possibility of many adventures in our spectacular mountain environment!

Renting and Reservations

 Mountain Bike Guide/Lesson with Rental: $105 
- includes 2.5 hour lesson, mountain bike, and bike haul

Mountain Bike Guide Only: $85
- includes 2.5 hour lesson and bike haul

Reservations are recommended and can be made at the guided activities desk located at our Mini Golf Ticket Office in the Peak 8 Fun Park or by calling 970-453-5000

Please bring: 
- Sneakers, hiking shoes, or bike shoes
- Sun block and sunglasses
- Mountain bike if not renting with us

A guide to great Colorado mountain biking


mountain biker at breckWhile Breckenridge offers some of the finest skiing in Colorado during the winter, it comes alive in the summer and fall months with lush meadows, verdant forests and some of the best singletrack any mountain biker could hope for.

From fire roads to rolling cross-country trails, to paved cruiser rides and lift-accessed downhill, Breckenridge and the surrounding valleys serve up literally hundreds of miles of mountain biking options.

New to the sport? No problem. The advantage of riding at a resort like Breckenridge is that we offer complete gear rentals and expert instruction. It’s a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and see an entirely different side of the resort.

Here’s what you need to know before you get rolling:

Gear

You’ll need a bike, helmet, a few water bottles (or hydration bladder) and a backpack to carry any other essentials.

The right bike can turn rocky, teeth-chattering trails into a luxurious ride. If you don’t own a mountain bike (or left yours at home), stop by one of the full-service rental shops and we’ll outfit you with everything you need.

mountain biking at Breck
Choose your bike style

Mountain bike: Full-suspension bikes roll over most rocks and bumps and handle dirt and tight corners with ease. With gears to make the ride up easier and the ride down faster, this is the best choice if you plan to ride on the mountain.

Comfort cruiser: If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, these are perfect bikes for getting around town or doing a little sightseeing on some of the easy gravel trails.

Cruisers are also great for pulling young kids in a bike trailer (trailers also available for rent).

Junior bikes: Let’s not forget the little ones! We have bikes to fit your children so that everyone can get a great ride in together.

Lessons

If you’re new to mountain biking or looking to learn more technical lines, we’ve got classes for you. We approach mountain bike lessons in a similar way as ski lessons – we’ll assess your current ability and help you achieve the next level.

Beginner/Intermediate Lessons: If you’ve never ridden a mountain bike (or it’s been a while), we highly recommend this 2.5-hour class to help you gain a better understanding of the basics. This includes:

    • Braking (when to use the front and back brakes)
    • Shifting
    • Turning
    • Managing obstacles

Once you’re comfortable on the bike, you’re ready to test your skills on the mountain.

Your instructor will lead you on some intermediate (blue) trails with some small obstacles, berms and gentle switchbacks that progress downhill, providing guidance and helping you along the way.

You’ll learn at your own speed.

Dirt Girls Sessions: This ladies-only group tour consists of four weekly, ability-appropriate riding sessions. Each week, the guides up the ante and challenge your skills one switchback at a time.

These sessions are led by local women for women who want to ride without pressure from the opposite sex and want to develop a sense of camaraderie with other female bikers.

Learn more here.

Trails

breck bike on chairlift Breckenridge has no shortage of singletrack for the novice or the expert. You may find yourself coming back for more each year (or perhaps several times a year).

With so many trails to choose from, we’ve narrowed the field to the “must rides.”

Boreas Pass: Boreas Pass is a great place to warm up and acclimate to the altitude before hitting the more technical stuff. It’s also a perfect spot for beginner-to-intermediate riders.

At just under eight miles, it doesn’t contain anything too technical and has a gentle ascent with some utterly spectacular views of the Tenmile Range along the way.

Breckenridge resort: That’s right: You ride it in the winter, and you can ride it in the summer too!

There are 12 trails available near Peaks 8 and 9 (accessed from Peak 7 in 2014). They range from challenging intermediate rides to highly technical rippers.

If you want to skip the steep climb, you can pay $30 for an all-day bike haul pass, ride the lift up and tear down the trails as many times as you want.

Colorado Trail/Kenosha Pass: If you’re up for a beast of a trail with views that are completely worth it, head out on this 33-mile trek that’s predominantly above tree line.

It’s an all-day, life-changing adventure for experienced riders.

Organize a shuttle from Breckenridge to the start at Kenosha Pass to keep it a one-way haul vs. a round-trip suffer fest.

Mountain biking in Breckenridge is an experience you won’t soon forget. Many of our summer visitors come back year after year to rip down new singletrack the likes of which only Breckenridge can provide.

mountain biking at Breck

Why heave and ho your way up the mountain when you can ride in style? Load your bike onto the Independence SuperChair at the base of Peak 7 and then traverse over to Peak 8 and downhill mountain bike across any of our awesome trails.

For more information on access from the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7 to the Peak 8 Fun Park, please check out our summer section.

Rates

 One Bike Haul:
 $17
 Rip's Ride Haul:
 $10
 Unlimited Daily:        
 $30


Hours

June 13- September 1 from 9:30am - 5:30pm
September 5-14: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. 
*Dates & times are weather and event permitting. 
Gondola Ticket office opens at 9:15am.

Renting bikes from Breck Sports is a breeze with locations on the hill and in town, a professional staff, and a ton of great bikes to choose from. Rent a full suspension bike, a comfort cruiser, a junior bike, or a trailer and you'll get a helmet rental included.

Bike rental reservations can be made up to two days prior to arrival. Bring a photo ID to either Breck Sports rental location and sign a liability waiver. To obtain a full refund, reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to arrival.


Locations and Hours: 
Breck Sports Peak 8
Peak 8 Base Area, Breckenridge Resort
(970)496-7546
Hours: 9am - 5pm

Breck Sports Main Street
127 South Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 455-0215
Hours: 9am - 6pm

Breck Sports Peak 7
Peak 7 Base Area, Breckenridge Resort
(970)547-7117
Hours: 9am - 5pm

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
Breck Sports offers Full Suspension mountain bikes for riders who want to take it to the limit on the mountain. Choose from top mountain bike brands like Trek and Specialized. Full Suspension bikes are available from the Peak 7 and Peak 8 Breck Sports locations.  

Comfort Cruisers
Choose between a Specialized Expedition or Trek Navigator. All bikes feature a comfortable, upright position, a wide saddle, and tires designed specifically for efficiency on pavement and traction on gravel. Both 8 speed and 24 speed versions are offered. An ideal bike for cruising bike paths and pulling a trailer.

Junior bikes with helmet
For kids ages 4-12. Breck Sports offers smaller sized bikes with 16" wheels and single gears. The middle sized bikes have 20" wheels and 6 rear gears. The larger kids bikes have 24" wheels and 7 rear gears. Trek and Specialized bikes are available to choose from.

*only available at the Peak 8 Breck Sports location

For Summer 2014 - due to the new construction on the Colorado SuperChair, access to most of the bike trails at Breck will come from the top of the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7. When arriving, please check at the base of Independence SuperChair for any construction concerns, and follow all posted signage.

View the 2014 Summer Mountain Bike trail map.

Choose from 12 green, blue and black mountain-bike specific trails on the resort, or head out on the hiking trails or mountain roads. A few of the trails include:

Green trail:

  • The Family Trail: New for Summer 2014, this trail can be accessed from the bike haul on Rip's Ride chairlift. 

Blue trails:

  • Swinger: 3.4 miles. The longest top-to-bottom trail on Peak 8, offering both singletrack and mountain roads.
  • Klinko Falls: .6 miles. Rolling hills of both singletrack and mountain road. This is a connection trail between Peak 7 and 8 mountain roads Dwight's and Swinger.
  • Edge Trail: .4 miles. A short climb between Frosty's and Swinger with great views of the valley, this singletrack is located on steep terrain.
  • Breakaway: .2 miles. A mid-mountain connection between Dwight's and Swinter, this singletrack is gentle but on steep terrain.
  • Lehman Trail: 3.2 miles. A rolling cross-country trail that leads to the Village at the base of Peak 9. Please stop if you encounter horseback riders.
  • Sawmill Creek: 1.7 miles. Follows the valley between Peak 8 and Peak 9. Take the mountain road or town trails back to base.
  • Prospector Trail: 1 mile. A short but steep singletrack that leads to a road and then takes you down to the Village at the base of Peak 9. 

Black trails:

  • Game Trail: 2.4 miles. Encounter seven different bridges on singletrack all the way to the bottom of Peak 8
  • Dwight's: 2.4 miles. Starts right below the Vista Haus and offers banked corners and berms.
  • Frosty's Challenge: 1.2 miles. Steep terrain that leads you to the Lehman Trail.
  • Wagon Trail: 9 miles. Steep and rocky terrain

Let us guide you on an exhilarating tour you will never forget. Breck Sports offers multiple bike tours daily on Vail Pass. Our CPR and First Aid certified guides will professionally escort you in vans to the top of Vail Pass at 10,600 feet and then descend down the East Vail pass well-maintained bike path. The uniformed guides provide you with memorable information on the scenery, history, and insight only a local knows.

All bike tours include bike rental, transportation, helmet, area map, water bottle, and guide. Only looking for a way up? Transportation for you and your bike are also available.

Pricing and Booking

Bike Rental + Haul and guide: $60
Bike Haul only: $40

To book, call 970-455-0215.

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