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Western Resorts Shift Quickly To Summer Mode

Alta-Mountain-Top Sometimes, it's all about the views. (Alta/Facebook)

Biking and hiking, zip lines and coasters, climbing walls and disc golf, concerts and festivals and the old-fav, a ride up the lift: ski and snowboard resorts in the West are changing gears as warm weather arrives.

To keep the people coming up to the mountain after the lifts close, most major resorts host summer events, like music concerts and beer festivals, mountain biking competitions, and summer camps of all varieties. Many have on-hill “adventure parks” packed with rides, games and activities.

You want views? Take Whistler tram. (Whistler-Blackcomb/Facebook)

Restaurants put out the deck chairs and umbrellas, shops hawk their wares with sidewalk sales, and generally everyone heads outside for the warm sun and fun.

SnoCountry.com took a look around the West and came up with some highlights for the 2018 summer in the mountains.

Winter becomes summer at ski and snowboard resorts. (Breckenridge/Facebook)

At Purgatory the resort, for the first time, will crank up the high-speed Village Express to get mountain bike enthusiasts onto the mountain much quicker – or give sightseers more time to wander at altitude.

After 80 years, Alta will finally run a chairlift during the summer. Sunnyside Lift will get folks into Albion Basin, and a $6 vehicle fee will be charged for access to a Forest road to Catherine’s Pass. Shuttle service has been shut down.

Wildflowers bust out, especially at Crystal Mountain. (Crystal Mountain/Facebook)

Up in the Northwest, the famed wild flowers at Crystal Mountain are a heavy draw, particularly with a gondola ride to get into the alpine meadows. And speaking of high rides, the Whistler-Blackcomb peak-to-peak tram is a summertime must-do.

Mountain biking is all the rage during summer. (Mt. Bachelor/Facebook)

At Mount Bachelor, sled dogs change harnesses from winter to summer and haul riders in specially designed carts. Don’t forget the huckleberry picking at Schweitzer in North Idaho.

Alpine slides are thrills for whole family. (Park City Mountain/Facebook)

Utah’s Park City Mountain maintains a kids-only park that has zipline, ropes course and tubing hill for ages 2-11. Over the hill at Snowbird, it’s all about the adrenaline rush with vertical drop, alpine slide and mountain coaster hitting top speeds. Farther south, Eagle Point boasts top ATV trails and a network of 275 miles.

Kirkwood may sit by big Lake Tahoe, but the summer attraction is a trio of small lakes within 10 miles of the California mountain. Swim, paddle a canoe, or toss in a fishing line to get a true outdoor experience.

Ziplines criss-cross the mountains of the West. (Angel Fire/Facebook)

In northern New Mexico, Angel Fire has built a reputation for top-notch downhill biking. The trail system is extensive and, each summer, the resort hosts a number of top regional and national races that attract some of the top mountain bikers in North America. 

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