Breckenridge Fat Biking
Take your bike ride to the next level by testing out a fat bike on Breckenridge’s many trails during the summer, or on the Summit County Rec Path and the Gold Run Nordic Center during the winter. Fat bikes get their name for having wide tires that take the rider through heavy terrain such as rocks and snow. The wide tires are super stable which create a floating feeling and makes riding over rock gardens and roots much less intimidating. While the bikes are a bit heavier than a normal mountain bike, they do allow for off-trail exploring year-round.
Suggested Paths & Trails for Fat Biking in BreckenridgeSummit County Rec Path - With elevations ranging from 8,777 feet to 10,563 feet, there is a wide range of difficulty levels to utilize throughout Summit County. The Recpath is a multi-use path available for Nordic skiing, biking, dog walking, skateboarding, families with strollers and locals commuting to work.
The Summit County, U.S. Forest Service, and the towns of Breckenridge and Frisco have partnered to groom the Recpath between Frisco and Breckenridge throughout the winter that allows more opportunities for winter recreation. Take your bike or skis on the groomed trails that now connect the Gold Run Nordic Center and Frisco Nordic Center, as well as Breckenridge and Frisco. The grooming operations include track-setting for classic Nordic skiers and laying corduroy for skate skiers, cyclists and other non-motorized users. As long as natural snow conditions allow, grooming of the pathway continues through April 30th.
Gold Run Nordic Center - Rent & Ride Services:
Snowshoes, Cross Country Skis, Fat Bike Rentals, Trails
Fat bikes are welcome on all snowshoe trails at the Gold Run Nordic Center which currently offers 13 kilometers of a mix of trails for beginner (green), intermediate (blue) and advanced (black) terrain, The trails offer great views of the Ten Mile Range, tree skiing and rolling terrain.
What To Wear Fat BikingTo keep your feet happy while fat biking in the winter, it is recommended you choose a pair of wool socks that are comfortable, such as skiing socks. To keep your feet dry, wearing waterproof or GORE-TEX hiking boots is highly suggested. Depending on the conditions, you should wear light base layer bottoms underneath a waterproof shell.
Keep in mind that it may be cold starting out, but once you get to riding your body will be heating up and working up a sweat. For this reason, it is very important to choose your layers wisely. In many cases, too many layers can be overkill and will actually leave you colder. Start with a base layer then depending on how cold it is, add a mid layer or softshell. Wool layers are always best so your body temperature stays regulated throughout the day. Avoid cotton as once it gets wet, it stays wet and will leave you shivering for the remainder of your ride. Some of our favorite brands for wool layers are Smartwool and REI.