Why Visit a Ski Resort this Summer
From mountain biking to farmers markets, 3 reasons to head to the high country when the weather warms up
Most of us associate ski resorts with skiing for obvious reasons, but they offer so much more than just skiing. In the summertime they become playlands for adventure seekers and solace seekers.
Scenic Chairlift & Gondola Rides
I’ve been on scenic chairlift and gondola rides all over Colorado and I can say from experience that this is one of my favorite summer ski resort activities. At Steamboat Resort, I take the gondola up in order to hike around because there is a pretty trail system on top of Mt. Werner.
Most mountains offer hiking options at the top or the option to hike back down. Many allow mountain bikes to be taken to the top via chairlift. At Winter Park in the summer, it almost seems like bikes outnumber the humans on chairlifts.
Bikes take over ski resorts during the summer. It was one of the first of its kind and Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park offers more than 40 miles of trails. There is something for every level of rider here including novice trails for the first-timer. Biking is so popular in this area that it is referred to as Mountain Bike Capital USA™.
There are a lot of bike parks in the Rocky Mountains and you can find a list of them here.
Vail Pass Bike Path can be part of a summer visit to Vail. Rent or bring your bike and peddle the 14.2 paved miles path between Frisco and Vail. The optimum way to enjoy this path is to take a guided tour that drops cyclists off at the top of the pass in order for them to sail downhill. Who doesn’t love riding a bike downhill?
Farmers Markets & Festivals
One of the largest and prettiest farmers markets in Colorado is in Vail Village. Taking place every Sunday from June through the beginning of October, it features 40 food vendors, so come prepared to eat. Buy some art for the condo, pick up some Palisade peaches or buy a new sun hat. However you do the market, it is fun and dog-friendly.
Keystone has a flight of festivals in the summer. In fact, you have six to choose from and each comes with a side of high country beauty. Whether it is beer, wine, art or music, you’ll find the perfect festivals in Keystone for your family. Don’t forget to ride the scenic chairlift while there.