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Ski Resorts are Expanding Summer Activities

After the snow melts, hiking, biking, horseback riding, zip lining, concerts and outdoor summer fun await at ski resorts in the summer season. Many U.S. ski resorts are investing in warm-weather programs and activities to make them year-round destinations.

"Although summer recreation at ski resorts isn’t necessarily a new trend, all ski resorts are seeing a boom in summer visitation and are focused on creating new activities in the summertime," says Dan Sherman, Chief Marketing Officer of  ski.com . "Most ski resorts have recognized the trend and are aiming to attract even more travelers in a variety of ways, including festivals; mountain biking; and on-mountain activities like ropes courses, zip lines, outdoor climbing walls and alpine coasters."  Read the full article on USA TODAY here

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Location: Sandpoint, Idaho

Boasting 2,900 acres of terrain,  Schweitzer Mountain Resort  is only 85 miles from Spokane, Washington. "We’ve seen an increase in summer visitation over the last several years — for example, last summer, 2018, saw a 40% growth from five years ago," Dig Chrismer, Marketing Manager for Schweitzer Mountain Resort, tells USA TODAY.

The destination offers over 40 miles of bike trails for people to explore. "We also added  e-bike tours  last summer and saw a steady increase in business over the summer," says Chrismer. "E-bikes make it possible for even more people to get out on the trails without being nervous about the physical demands that can come with traditional mountain biking."

Schweitzer also offers 18 holes of  disc golfhuckleberry picking  in July through August;  horseback riding ; and  trail running  in the summer.