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Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

by Kristen Lummis

Ah, summer! Long warm days and life at a slower pace; doesn’t it sound great? It does, until the days get hot and the kids get bored. Rather than getting grouchy or obsessively counting the days until school begin, get… Read More →

Downhill Mountain Biking for Everyone

Downhill Mountain Biking for Everyone

by Kristen Lummis

The first time I saw a “dirt is the new snow” t-shirt, my family and I were checking in at Winter Park’s Trestle Bike Park to try downhill biking. Experienced mountain bikers, we thought we’d be coasting downhill all day,… Read More →

Where to Ski on the 4th of July

Where to Ski on the 4th of July

by Ken Chin

Summer is in full swing and in the United States, people are in preparation for the 4th of July. Now, when one thinks of America’s birthday, we tend to skew towards hot dogs, BBQ, fireworks and sunshine on the lake,… Read More →

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

by Kristen Lummis

As I sit here typing, it’s snowing. I-70 was intermittently closed yesterday. Arapahoe Basin is reporting powder conditions on a 79” base and just days ago, the iconic Mammoth Mountain sign was buried in a late spring blizzard. If there… Read More →

Ski Towns that Rock During the Summer

Ski Towns that Rock During the Summer

by Katie Coakley

There are few things that tug at a snow lover’s heartstrings as much as watching the last lift chair slowly stop moving, swaying gently in the sunshine as the ski resort closes for the season. For many, it’s a gut-wrenching… Read More →

Ski Better, Snowboard Better, Feel Better: Six Warm Up Moves to Up Your Game

Ski Better, Snowboard Better, Feel Better: Six Warm Up Moves to Up Your Game

by Kristen Lummis

Here’s a typical ski/snowboard day scenario. It’s a cold morning in winter. You wake up early, roll into your long johns, grab a coffee and load into the car. And then you drive. Arriving at the resort, you boot up…. Read More →

A Guide to Hut Trips: Summer Edition

A Guide to Hut Trips: Summer Edition

by Katie Coakley

Summer is all about getting out into the wilderness, exploring a new area and spending the night away from home. Camping is a one way to get this fix, but then there’s finding a site, putting up a tent, building… Read More →

A Guide to Escaping New York for a Weekend in the Gunks

A Guide to Escaping New York for a Weekend in the Gunks

by Matt McDonald

Amid the sensory onslaught of Times Square, you’re not thinking about wild blueberries, ice caves, or mountain lakes. Most people aren’t wishing they were scrambling over knobby boulders or kicking up dirt. And in summer, you may not even be… Read More →

Mountain Biking Guide: How to Get Started

Mountain Biking Guide: How to Get Started

by evo

Not only is mountain biking an amazing summer sport for skiers and snowboarders, but it’s also a ton of fun in its own right. Bikes are amazing tools for exploring backcountry trails, keeping up your fitness through the summer, and… Read More →

9 Tips for the Perfect On-Mountain Picnic

9 Tips for the Perfect On-Mountain Picnic

by Katie Coakley

There are tons of reasons why spring is so special: the perfect temperatures, the likelihood of late season snow, tons of on-mountain entertainment. However, what might be the quintessential spring experience is one that you may have missed — until… Read More →