Ten Reasons to Visit A Mountain Town this Summer

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 20, 2009 7:26 pm


1.     You can bike. Several resorts like Deer Valley and Killington turn into mountain bike centers during the sun season. In fact, you can even buy lift tickets, and bring your bike on the chair.

2.     You can hike. This non-impact activity burns as many calories as jogging and it’s easier on your knees. Plus, you have an automatic goal—the top of the trail, gorgeous scenery and the serenity of the woods. Resorts like the Canyons have actual hiking trails. They’re just not visible until now.

3.     You can see celebs. If you’re into that sort of thing, at least. Tom Cruise has a place in Telluride, Kevin Costner resides in Aspen, and word is Will Smith recently bought a place near Park City. But they come to be left alone. So look but don’t touch.

4.     You can listen to free music. And it’s good, too. Deer Valley has a free concert series every Wednesday (with ticketed events on Fridays), and the Canyons, Killington and Aspen also draw large acts.

5.     You can cougar. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean they disappear. Of course, if you’re into that sort of thing.

6.     You can bring your kids. Several resorts feature games, trampolines and alpine slides—turning the mountains into natural theme parks. The alpine slide at Attitash is classic. Loon Mountain offers horseback riding, and Park City has an actual roller coaster to compliment their zip lines and alpine slide. There are also the bobsled tracks at the Park City and Lake Placid Olympic Parks… The list really is endless, here.

7.     You can watch Olympic athletes train. There’s something to be said for fitness inspiration. If you’re not at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team headquarters in Park City, you can also find the sports stars elsewhere. Lake Placid, Sugarloaf, Aspen and Sun Valley will harbor a few…

8.     You can eat like a local. That means, eating on the cheap. Several ski town restaurants offer two-for-ones during the off season, to draw business and feed the locals. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat for less, too.

9.     You can buy next year’s equipment. Several resorts offer ski swaps during late summer, where you can score deals for your forthcoming season. Prefer early summer? Score deals on their leftover inventory.

10.  You can feel alive! Raft white waters, ride in a hot air balloon, go fishing… There’s really so much to do. Plus, what mountain town or resort isn’t lovely when the wildflowers are in bloom, the Aspens rustle in all of their full-leafed glory, and the ski trails are carpeted in rich, green grass? It’s the everyman’s spa.

photo: Canyons