Fat Biking in Leadville
It’s a sunny, winter day in Leadville. People all around are taking to the trails to take advantage of the bluebird day. Some are lining up to ride the chairlift at Ski Cooper and Copper Mountain. Others, seeking solitude and exercise, are strapping into snowshoes or clicking into their cross country skis — eager to get on the trails. More and more adrenaline seekers are jumping on the fat bike bandwagon, throwing a leg over their frames and taking to the groomed singletrack trails. Fat biking in Leadville is more than a passing trend. The Cloud City has embraced this sport, adding yet another awesome winter activity to Leadville’s outdoor recreation options.
Seven miles of singletrack trails are accessible from campus at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville with an additional seven to ten miles of wider nordic trails, groomed by the Ski Area Operations program. The mellow terrain is appropriate for all ages and abilities — all rolling, easy and enjoyable terrain.
Colorado Mountain College in Leadville owns 3 bikes (small, medium and large frames) that are available for student rentals. Rentals are free for students taking 9 or more credits, helmet included. Bikes are available when Outdoor Pursuits Gear Room is open – schedule TBD based on work study availability, but generally during normal business hours.
Warm gloves and boots recommended, as is a beanie to wear under your helmet. General active-wear clothing (light pants, layer and wind layer tops) recommended. The best time to ride is late morning when snow is still firm but temperatures have warmed some. DO NOT TRY TO RIDE THE TRAILS ON A STANDARD MOUNTAIN BIKE – you will endure a suffer-fest while simultaneously rutting (aka ruining) the trails.
The Outdoor Pursuits Club will be organizing some group rides – and possibly some night rides – later on in the semester. Look to our social media pages for those event announcements.
Here is a link to a map and info on the singletrack trails: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7010188/big-perm