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Travel Snapshot: Summer Versus Winter in Steamboat Springs

August 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | ()

Back in February, we showed you photos from the best ski day of our lives, when we were blessed by blue skies that followed a huge snow storm in Steamboat Springs over Super Bowl weekend.

Then, as the snow melted in April, we explained why ski towns are also awesome during the summer months. Practicing what we preach, we paid a visit to Steamboat at the end of July for some mountain biking, and the result was an cool contrast that demonstrates why the mountains rock all year round. Skiing dominates the winter, but there's actually more to do in the summer, including biking, camping, hiking, climbing, and whitewater rafting.

If you look closely at the cover photo, you can see beige lines streaking horizontally across the ski runs. These are some of the mountain bike trails, with many others cutting through the trees and winding their way down the mountain. Like ski runs, mountain bike trails are rated as "green," "blue," and "black" for their level of difficulty, based mostly on the terrain, the degree of the slope, and the tightness of the turns.

Just as skiing requires proper form and practice, so does mountain biking. It's more than just getting on a bike and pointing the tire downhill - that will actually put you on the fast track to an emergency evac. Before biking, you'll want to learn the correct form and strategy for nativigating the trails safely, such as how to control speed, make tight turns, and brake. We definitely recommend taking a lesson, which you can do right on-site at Steamboat Resort.

[Photos: Will McGough]

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