As the snow melts and the sun stays out longer, many ski resorts from all of the nation open trails dedicated to summer mountain biking and hiking. Either taking a summer vacation to one of your favorite ski resorts or checking out a local ski resort that has hiking and mountain biking trails is a great way to spend some quality time in nature this summer.
Mountain biking in particular is a very popular summer activity that ski resorts have increasingly been accommodating towards. Many ski resorts have been building and maintaining certain lift-accessed mountain biking trails throughout the summer, which is great news for skiers who crave the feeling of skiing all year long. Although there may not be any snow and you probably don’t have your skis strapped in, being outside and on the mountain is very satisfying.
In fact, downhill mountain biking is very similar to skiing. Not only do you get to start your day in a base area trying on different equipment that is best for your body type and skill level, but you also get to: hop on a chairlift or gondola, adjust your helmet and gloves, warm-up on a blue trail, experience nature through trees, meadows, and wildflowers, feel a cool mountain breeze against your cheeks, enjoy beautiful mountain views, and end your day back in the base area village with a satisfied smile stretched across your face. Sounds a lot like skiing, doesn’t it?
If you’re not sure where to find a mountain bike park, make sure you look online at various ski resort websites, especially if you’re fond of a particular resort. But, if you’re in the Northeast, Killington Mountain Bike Park in Vermont is a great New England resort to check out this summer. Not only is it surrounded by lush mountains, but the Park hosts several professional-level downhill races and provides lessons up until October.
If you’re out west, California’s Northstar Bike Park offers cross-country bikers and downhill mountain biking in Lake Tahoe. The instructors there are extremely friendly and offer two-hour beginner classes. Mt. Bachelor in Oregon is another mountain to think about visiting if you want to head west, equipped with a breath-taking bike park featuring both smooth turns and fun features. Plus, they just ordered a new shipment of Norco all-mountain and downhill rental bikes for you to enjoy.
For more information about mountain biking at ski resorts, and a more detailed list of resorts to visit this summer, check out Ski.com’s article here.