Pre-season training for skiing doesn't have to be just boring weights and running on treadmills. That's why most of the SKI office spend late summer, autumn, and even early winter on two wheels riding dirt trails. Mountain biking can improve cardio, strengthen leg muscles, and hone quick-thinking maneuvers in tight spaces, all of which translates nicely into skiing. Best of all, ski areas are catching on to how much skiers love mountain biking and are building extensive trail networks for both cross country and downhill riding. These are some of our favorites, and definitely some of the best spots to spend time waiting for winter.
Deer Valley, Utah
The ski area that's known for its impeccable grooming is also known for incredibly well-manicured mountain bike trails. With discounted evening hours on Wednesdays and weekend lift service expected to continue until mid-September, Deer Valley is a downhill mountain biking paradise. When lift service stops, get up the mountain under your own power and ride the resort's 70 miles of trails, or link up with Park City's dirt for even more options. But don't just take our word for it, these high-quality trails are why DV hosts the SCOTT Enduro Cup every August, a UCI World Cup qualifier that's thrilling to watch.
Read more about Summer at Deer Valley here.