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Mountain Biking Fun

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   

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Make mountain biking a part of your outdoor adventure plan. Here, two wheels will take you places: 

Summer Remix. Keystone, CO. With springtime temperatures at the base and winter snow still at the summit, this Rocky Mountain resort will offer guests a “best of both seasons” experience. Get ready for mountain biking, along with snow tubing, a terrain park for snowboarders and skiers, and an open rail jam event. Families can also look forward to snow cones, face painting and family-style dining in River Run. Or, head to higher ground and enjoy a meal at 11,640 feet where the Summit House offers a full menu.  From Memorial Day through the summer, weather permitting. Contact: 877-204-7889; www.keystoneresort.com. 

River Dance Lodge. Coeur d'Alene, ID With the cozy River Dance Lodge as your base camp, hop on disc-brake Marin bikes and explore miles of national forest where you’ll find pathways suitable for every age group and skill level. Experienced riders may choose to take on the Coolwater Ridge Trail. Get ready for a thrill ride during which you’ll descend 1500 feet in just seven miles. Later float the nearby river or spend the afternoon hiking the hillsides. Ask about summer specials. Contact:  208-765-0841 ;www.riverdancelodge.com/Summer-Idaho-Vacations 

Finger Lakes. Central New York. Spin aside the crystal clear water, that, along with the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario, provide for outdoor adventure and breathtaking views. Named for the eleven pristine lakes that spread like fingers across central New York, the Finger Lakes provide 9,000 square miles of outdoor adventure where bike paths are plentiful. Don’t miss Letchworth State Park, known as the the Grand Canyon of the east.” There  the Taughannock Falls features a breathtaking 215 foot drop, making it larger than Niagara Falls. Biking maps and suggested itineraries are available.  Contact: www.fingerlakes.org/things-to-do/outdoor-fun/hike-and-bike.

The Homestead Resort. Hot Springs, Virginia. Active families looking for a getaway this summer and fall will enjoy the Unlimited Activities package at this iconic resort. In addition to mountain biking, expend energy kayaking, canoeing, gorge hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing and skeet shooting in the beautiful countryside.  

NorthstarResort. Near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Choose from among more than 100 miles of trails for downhill and cross-country mountain bikers providing great views of the surrounding mountain vistas. Cycling fans might want to plan their getaway to enjoy the annual Tour de Nez. Modeled after legendary European Kermesse races, which incorporate professional cycling into 100-year-old festivals, the spectator-friendly Tour de Nez has grown to be an important stop on the professional cycling circuit and a fan favorite. Check the web site for dates. Contact: www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.

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