Summer Supplement - 6
mountain bike terrain parks and trails, and
frisbee golf courses? Have you ever been to an
open air concert, attended an event like a wildflower, balloon, beer or food festival; or other
themed special event?
These activities are now enjoyed by millions of people - bringing summer visitors to
enjoy these ski resorts during the warmer
months, too! The Ski Area Recreational Opporunity Enhancement Act eliminated many of
the restrictions and made it possible to enjoy
your favorite mountain resorts when the temperatures rise and the snow melts! It is interesting that in the 19th Cenury, a boom in
winter sports resulted because of the development of an exisiting summer recreational infrastructure, while in the 21st Century,
summer activities are being created in resort
areas acclaimed for their winter appeal!
Many of our favorite ski resorts that we
travel to in winter are situated near some form
of water such as a lake or river. After all, the
melting snow must go somewhere. Some of
these lakes and rivers are also located within
a national forest, but they too, have their permitted companies who cater to their specialties: rafting, kayaking, paddelboarding, fishing,
cross country bike touring and/or guide services and more. Between on-mountain activities
and events obtainable because of the summer
lift-service; and other recreational nearby activities, groups and families can plan an exciting summertime adventure at a number of ski
areas throughout the country.
In addition to participating in all these
fun adventures, perhaps some time to relaxwould also be appreciated. No problem.
Sit by a lake shore, or the hotel pool.
Feel the cool fresh mountain air!
Relax with a book that you have not
had time to read because of your busy
Visit the local spa.
How relaxing would that be?
Take the gondola or chairlift up to the
summit, and grab a bite to eat, have a
relaxing drink on the deck, or merely
spend some time taking a leisurely
hike through the wildflowers. But,
don't forget your camera! The vistas are
spectacular! Capture pictures of local
wildlife. And, if desired, you can take
the gondola back to base level.
Speaking about wildlife, see the area
from a bird's eye view! Many resort
areas offer balloon rides.
Go shopping. There are numerous
unique shops, or craft shows to pique
Become a culinary expert. Resort
towns offer a wide variety of great
specialty restaurants. Try a different
cafe, restaurant or pub every day.
What kind of music do you prefer?
Whatever your preference, there is a
music festival for you to enjoy. The
open-air stage allows for a stunning
mountain backdrop. Many resorts plan
Located within the
Lake Tahoe Basin within
Nevada Mountain Range,
Northstar Bike Park is the
largest and its trails are
the most diverse in the
northern part of the state.
The park is regularly
rated as one of the top
parks in the United States.
There are beginning trails,
and, an academy for new
bikers to learn techniques
and best practices. With
33 trails, there is plenty of
cross country and lift-accessed downhill terrain for
every level. (beginner - 8,
Intermediate - 9, Advanced
- 12 and Expert - 4)*. The
vertical drop is 2,280'.
Bike rentals are available,
as well as, a service shop
on premise, if needed.
photo / The Abbi Agency
2018 Far West Skier's Guide - Summer Supplement
a summer long concert series featuring
a steady flow of talented artists and
musicians to suit all tastes: from
relaxing to exhilarating, and more!
The Far West Skier's Guide - for thirty
years - has primarily focused on snow sports
and alerting Far West Ski Association councils,
clubs and members about FWSA planned activities and year around travel opportunities.
However, with so much happening at and
around mountain resorts during the warmer
months, the Summer Supplement to the Far West
Skier's Guide intends to bring further awareness