Fat Biking in Colorado

Colorado consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in America. It is no surprise, then, that Coloradans are smitten with an outdoor winter activity that sounds insane to those in less active climes: fat biking.

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This snow-season innovation allows exercise-zany Coloradans to keep their wheels spinning, no matter the season. Find out where to fat bike in Colorado below.

Fat bikes are becoming fixtures on groomed multi-use trails throughout Colorado, and many Nordic centers and ski resorts are now allowing them on their trails. Crested Butte, always ready to adopt biking innovations, is home to the Alley Lop Fat Bike Race; Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs and Copper Mountain both host races and rides guided by moon and bike lights; the Cloud City Wheelers bicyling club in Leadville coordinates its Winter Mountain Bike Race Series throughout the snowy season; and the 10-hour Silverton Whiteout race debuted in 2015. (Many events are in January; check our events page for details.)

The comically wide tires bring back memories of clunky first-generation mountain bikes, when weight and agility weren’t main priorities. With fatter tires and handlebars and not-kidding-around treads, these new bikes aren’t speedy, but they can go just about anywhere, floating on the snow and giving people of all skill levels a new mode of exploration. Many ski areas offer lessons with staff instructors; the bikes’ three-point stance and low center of gravity make it an easy activity to pick up.

Fat-Bike Rentals

These are just a few of the shops that cater to those wanting to spin their wheels atop the powder:

Fat-Bike Tours

There’s no need to go it alone! These outfitters can give you as little or as much guidance as you’re seeking on your first fat-bike outing:

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Where to Fat Bike

Some of the spots that allow fat biking on their trails:

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Ski Bike Down the Slopes

Ski biking (sometimes called snow biking) is another way to experience the beauty of a Colorado winter and also get your adrenaline flowing. It’s simply a bike with the wheels replaced by skis. Many ski areas offer lessons with staff instructors; the bikes’ three-point stance and low center of gravity make it an easy activity to pick up.

Ski Resorts That Rent Ski Bikes

Want more? 

Check out adaptive winter sports in Colorado.

Explore the coolest places to aprés ski (or aprés fat bike).

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