Chris Landry, 39, has lived in Summit County, Colorado, for the past 13 years, moving from Denver to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An avid snowboarder, skateboarder, mountain biker, and hiker, he’s gone from caterer to liftie to his current seven-year role as lift supervisor. “After one season in Breckenridge I realized how much I missed Copper Mountain,” he says. “Not only for the great people, but also the awesome terrain, in both winter and summer.” A former BMX and skateboard competitor, he still hits the local skate parks and downhill mountain bike trails as often as his body allows. “By nature I guess you can call me an adrenaline junkie,” says Landry, who lives with his girlfriend and two cats. “And this is a great place for it.”
Here are a few of his favorite things about Copper Mountain:
Aspect of the region in the off-season: The changing of the seasons. When the aspen’s change it’s truly breathtaking.
Place to mountain bike: The Copper Mountain cross-country trails. There’s nothing better than ditching the climb and getting a lift up on the chairlift. One of my favorite non-lift-accessed mountain bike rides is Banker Tank trail at the south end of Breckenridge towards Boreas Pass. It’s a great mix of singletrack and logging roads with great views of the changing aspens in fall. I also enjoy the Peaks trail, which skirts the Ten Mile Range from Breckenridge to Frisco. It’s a good mix of climbing and downhilling.
Place to road ride: Copper to Vail on the bike path up and over Vail Pass. Then you canhave lunch or a beer and head back. You can also do a great road ride from Copper to Frisco and Breckenridge and back on the bike path.
Place to ride with the family: Summit County has an amazing bike path system that goes all over. Start in Copper, ride to Frisco and check out the view riding around the Dillon Reservoir.
Place to paddle (flatwater): Dillon Reservoir. Bring lunch and a kayak out to the islands.
Place to paddle (whitewater): I hook up with some of my raft guide friends and head toward Buena Vista and the Arkansas River. It has a bunch of different sections, one of my favorite of which is Brown’s Canyon.
Place to paddle with the family: Dillon Reservoir. The Frisco Bay Marina has all kinds of boats that you can rent. It’s a great place to check out with the whole family.
Place to re-fuel: Before riding I like to go to Pika bagel in Frisco. After a ride at Copper, it’s great to end up at Endo’s. When heading toward Leadville, I also like to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Tennessee Pass Cafe. I know a couple of the managers who work there, and it has great food and a friendly staff.
Place for a beer afterwards: The Moose Jaw in Frisco. It’s been a longstanding “local” bar for many years. It’s like the TV show “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. It’s not very often that you’re there without knowing either someone on staff or a few patrons. Plus, they have cheap beers and the best burger in town.
Photos courtesy Copper Mountain