With so many parents in the Gunnison Valley being passionate mountain bikers, it makes perfect sense that we would have extraordinary programs for kids who want to learn to mountain biking. Kids living in and visiting the Gunnison Valley have a unique opportunity to learn from past Olympians, mountain bike hall of famers, college mountain biking stars, and all-around wonderful teachers and guides.
Mountain Biking Programs for Kids
The Town of Mt. Crested Butte offers the Mountain Adventures Program for kids throughout the summer, headquartered at Crested Butte Mountain. With programming ranging from fly fishing to mountain biking for kids, you’ll find the perfect adventure to entice your child to explore the outdoors in the Gunnison Valley.
Mountain Adventures mountain bike camps are designed for children ages 7-14. They offer beginner classes for kids that can ride a bike but may not be used to riding on dirt. They also have intermediate cross country camps and a Mountain Adventures team. Mountain Adventures also offers up girls only mountain bike days, giving little shred betties an opportunity to hit the trail with each other in a supportive group.
Local parents Alexandra and Doug Hudson started Gravity Groms because they wanted to get their own kids outside playing in the beautiful mountains that surround the Gunnison Valley. Gravity Groms offers programs that include cross country mountain bike lessons, downhill mountain bike lessons, rocket science, BMX biking, and so much more 6 days a week all summer long. Their kiddos are always one of the highlights of the 4th of July parade with their daredevil stunts and rockets. Not a camp designed for beginners, this camp will give your groms confidence to take their riding to the next level.
WSCU Mountain Sports Program High School Cross Country Mountain Bike Camp
If your kids are a little older and they are looking to develop their mountain biking technique, the High School Cross Country Mountain Bike Camp at Western State Colorado University may be the perfect thing. Dave Wiens, 6 time winner of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, leads the camp. Additional coaches include Susan DeMattei, 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, and members of the WSCU Mountain Sports mountain biking team. During the day, campers will explore the miles of mountain bike trails in the Gunnison Valley. In the evenings, campers will attend workshops related to nutrition, bike maintenance, and more. With only 30 spots available, registration is sure to go quickly.