You think of ski resorts and naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is snow, skiing, ice skating, and lots and lots of warm clothing, but ski resorts are more than just a great winter vacation. In fact, they often offer even more in the summertime! Take Colorado, for instance, its charm is amplified during the summer, and there are lots of opportunities to take advantage of its natural beauty and fantastic terrain. Below you’ll find a few ski resorts that can provide an excellent location for your next summer vacation.
Hiking: The best way to take in the views and explore all the beauty of Steamboat is to go on a hiking adventure. Stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and bask in the sunshine as you explore the scenic Vista Nature Trail, or push yourself to complete the more challenging Thunderhead Trail. There’s also hiking tours, including a guided gourmet hike each Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday beginning in June.
Movies on the Mountain: Bring the family or go with friends to catch a movie beneath the stars. Bring chairs and blankets and get cozy beneath the Colorado sky. It’s a fresh, fun, and unique way to enjoy movie night. A featured movie will begin each Saturday night at sunset, and there are plenty of yummy snacks and beverages available to purchase.
Disc Golf: This summer, try your hand at a unique form of golf as you play through the 19-hole course. This course is designed to be fun for players of all skill levels, providing both wide open and secluded baskets to toss the frisbee into. If you’ve never played, now’s the perfect time to learn.
Gravity Play Combo: If you’re enjoying a family vacation, bring the kids to the Gravity Play area where they can enjoy an adventurous day on the ropes course, water walkers, or a bungee trampoline. It’s suitable for all ages and fun for everyone. Plus, it’s a great way for them to burn off that excess summer energy.
Horseback Riding: Explore the scenic trails, and admire the natural beauty that surrounds the resort as you travel by horseback. These fun and gentle rides are a great outdoor experience, and one you won’t forget anytime soon.
Biking: Mountain bike rentals are available as well as guided tours. If you’re skilled at mountain biking, visit Mountain Village Bike Park where you’ll find intermediate and expert downhill mountain biking trails. Make sure you’re up for the challenge, though, because you’ll experience jumps, drops, fall lines, and rock gardens during your biking adventure.
Climbing Wall and Eurobungy: Learn to climb or improve your skill on the outdoor climbing wall that provides fun entertainment for the whole family. With several different routes to take to the top, it’s a great experience for climbers of all skills and experience. In addition to rock climbing, get your adrenaline pumping as you defy gravity with the Eurobungy trampoline. With a harness strapped around your waist, and connected to the Eurobungy ropes on either side, you can perform airborne tricks, flips, and spins in this fun, safe, and unique experience.
Paintball: Engage in friendly, and somewhat messy, competition as you try to emerge victorious in a game of paintball on the outdoor mountain courses. Transportation to the fields, as well as all safety equipment and paintball guns, are provided. The resort creates both kids and teen groups so everyone is evenly matched. Kids groups start in June, and the teen groups start in July.
Fishing: You’ll find plenty of amazing fishing spots in the area, as well as a private Aspen Snowmass Adventure that allows you to fish on Snowmass Mountain. Fly fishing, local fishing guides, and shops are also available for your convenience. If you love to fish, Snowmass is the perfect location for your next vacation. The fishing really is that good.
These amazing ski resorts pull out all the stops to offer you and your family and friends a fun, sunny adventure surrounded by nature. Don’t wait until winter to head to a ski resort. Go now, and explore all the exciting summer activities that await.