Best Ski Resort Summer Activities

Who says ski resorts are only for the dead of winter? With the mountain biking, hiking, ritzy restaurants, and luxurious spas these skiing destinations offer, a summer vacation in a ski resort town can be just as fun as a winter one - and a lot less crowded. Spacious ski vacation rentals often have much lower prices in the summer, so you could snag the same luxury rental in July that may have been out of your price range in January. Here are our picks for the three best ski resorts packed with summertime activities.

Aspen, Colorado

Make a summertime stop in Aspen the gorgeous White River National Forest. Here you'll find every outdoor sport under the sun: fishing, camping, mountain biking, four-wheeling, hiking, and horseback riding. Snag a prize trout at Frying Pan or Roaring Fork rivers . Enjoy the green at the Aspen Golf Course or the Snowmass Club . Backpackers enjoy the 30-mile trail from Crested Butte to Maroon Bells , while mountaineers join up with Aspen Expeditions for rock-climbing or guided high-alpine hiking. Adventure hunters seek out the many river rafting trip companies that abound in Aspen: contact Blazing Adventures or Colorado Rift Raft for the river ride of your life. Of course, if you're a foodie visiting in the summer, there's no doubt that you should head to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic , held from mid-June to mid-July.

Lake Tahoe, California

California isn't just the home of Redwoods and movie stars. This diverse state is also the home to one oEmerald Bay at Lake Tahoef the prettiest alpine destinations in the country, Lake Tahoe. Though it's hard to beat a snow-topped lake view, the Lake is still packed with things to do in warmer weather. If you're looking for the best views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevadas that money can buy, book a ballooning tour with Lake Tahoe Balloons . Take a boat ride on the MS Dixie II or be your own captain by renting a boat, sailboat, canoe or kayak. Spend a day on the beach at some of the popular lake shore beaches such as El Dorado Beach or Commons Beach Park . Adrenaline seekers may want to take a ride on the "Heavenly Flyer" zip line. Golf aficionados have four mega-courses to choose from: Northstar-at-Tahoe , the Resort at Squaw Creek and the two courses at Incline Village .

Killington, Vermont

Ready to barrel down a mountain on your bike? If so, come to Killington. There's even a gondola ride to take you and your bicycle to the top of the mountain. If you'd rather bike by trail, Killington hosts about 45 miles of biking trails. Run into a biking mishap on the trail? Head to the Mountain Bike Shop for a repair - they do bike rentals, too. If you'd rather see the mountains by foot, Deer Leap Mountain offers a three-hour summit loop to get you up the mountain and back in only two and a half miles. Golfing reigns supreme at the Green Mountain National Golf course , the area's most acclaimed course. After a day of outdoor adventuring, treat yourself to dinner at one of New England's best restaurants, Hemingway's (try the cod and the warm lavendar cake). For a quaint day trip, head to the charming, historic town of nearby Rutland.


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