Summer in Southern Vermont? Scenic beauty is a given, but Mount Snow ensures there's as much to do as to see. Home to the first-ever mountain bike school in the U.S., Mount Snow maintains some 45 miles of off-road trails for seasoned experts and rank novices alike. You can choose from singletrack, dirt roads and ski trails, and either use or eschew the lifts. The world's best fat-tire fiends descend June 22-25 for a weekend of NORBA-sanctioned races and all the attending festivities. If you prefer less mud with your fun, there's golfing on Mount Snow's Geoffrey Cornish championship course (a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary system). If its signature fourth hole gets the better of you, maybe it's time to enroll in Mount Snow's 23-year-old Original Golf School (800-240-2555). If the OGS's 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, video analysis and five hours of daily instruction don't make you a better golfer, it's time to start cheating on your score. For those who'd rather work up a sweat by eating, there's the 11th annual Vermont State Chili/Salsa Cookoff on July 29. Whatever you do, don't get so busy you forget to have a look around. On foot, in your car or on your bike, you're a stone's throw from some of the most beautiful scenery in New England.
DON'T MISS The chairlift ride to the top of Mount Snow, followed by a mellow 2 1/2-mile hike along the ridge to the top of Haystack for a picnic at Mirror Lake.
BEST DEAL The two-day Original Golf School package includes lodging and unlimited play, starting at $444. Call (800) 414-7565, or visit www.thegolfschool.com