Best Of Both Worlds: Ski And Bike On The Same Day
After harvesting the spring corn snow that’s still abundant this spring at many resorts around the country, you could just sit back and enjoy a frosty one on the deck. Or, you could kick up your outdoor game a notch with an afternoon bike ride that will make that end-of-day refreshment all the more rewarding.
As weather can vary a lot this time of year, be sure to check local road and trail reports to see what’s open.
Bend, Oregon is known as being an outdoor adventure town, and for good reason. Open for skiing through May 26, 2019, Mt. Bachelor is the perfect basecamp to chase the sun and revel in the freedom of a quintessential Bend adventure. “Bend has some great mountain biking that makes it easy to ski in the morning and ride in the afternoon,” Mt. Bachelor’s Justin Yax tells SnoCountry.com. “The most popular trail system, which is also riding great right now, is an area called Phil’s Trail Complex. My personal favorites within the system are Ben’s Trail and C.O.D.”
Arapahoe Basin is located on Loveland Pass, and the climb up and over is a classic road bike ride, and the 6th Alley Bar and Grill at A-Basin is a great place to start and finish if you don’t want to crank all the way from Keystone. The dirt roads near A-Basin are perfect for anyone partaking in the “gravel grinding” craze, Araphoe Basin’s Katherine Fuller tells SnoCountry.com. “East of Keystone, if you head up to Montezuma and keep going past town, the main road turns to dirt and offers access to multiple unpaved Forest Service roads good for mountain bikes and gravel bikes.” Fuller says she’s done this as early as late May, but you may encounter snow due to the elevation. Or, Fuller suggests, after skiing and snowboarding A-Basin, drive down to Keystone and pick up the Snake River Recpath, which connects into the entire Summit County Recpath system, with 55 miles of paved bike that connect Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge.
Near Michigan’s Boyne Mountain is the Little Traverse Wheelway that goes along Lake Michigan from Charlevoix through Petoskey up to Harbor Springs. “It's paved, so riding would be good, beautiful views of the lake, and the Mountain isn't far from either Charlevoix or Petoskey,” says SnoCountry Midwest Editor Mike Terrell.
Killington may be open into June, which means there’s plenty of time to enjoy the best of both worlds, with skiing and riding on the Superstar glacier and pedaling the woods and back roads of Vermont. After a morning on the slopes, hit nearby Sherburne trails for 4.5 miles of beginner and intermediate terrain that the kids will want to lap again and again. Or drive into Rutland for 16 miles of single track spread over 325 acres of terrain at Pine Hill Park.
With an epic snow year at Mammoth, there will be awesome spring conditions and shredding through the 4th of July weekend – or maybe even longer. Once the corn snow turns to slush, turn in your boards for wheels on the Mammoth Lakes Trail System. Locals'-favorite Knolls Loop alternates between singletrack, sandy OHV trails and dirt fire roads, climbing through old-growth Jeffrey pine forest into hills and domes formed by volcanic eruptions as recently as 100,000 years ago and affording broad views to the Inyo Craters and back across to the Sherwins.