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Mountain Biking 101: For Skiers

Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Four tips for skiers who want to get fit in the off-season.

Want to avoid pow-day and hot-lap bonks? Try mountain biking. This off-season activity promises to improve your aerobic fitness and balance—plus hone your focus for choosing lines, tree skiing, and facing fear.

Scott House, communications director and guide for White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters in Park City, Utah, gave us countless tips on a recent trip to tackle some of Park City's 400-plus miles of single track. Here are the most important things you should know about mountain biking.

Why Skiers Should Try Mountain Biking

A Rookie Gets Hooked on Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Park City: Deer Valley Aspens
Mountain Biking Park City: Deer Valley
Park City’s 400-plus miles made it an easy sell.

I rode around the parking lot of White Pine Touring on a $6,000 Specialized mountain bike called “Epic Expert Carbon.” But on that sunny summer morning in Park City, Utah, the problem was that I was no “expert.”

I was about to embark on the longest, most epic bike ride of my life, led by Scott House, the communications director for White Pine Touring, and other guides—all tanned mountain men with chiseled calves. Earlier, House’d reassured me that the group would be broken out by ability levels, that a guide would stick with me.

The Mammoth Three Way Challenge

The Mammoth Three Way Challenge
mammoth 3-way
When you think 4th of July, you probably think: fireworks, cookouts, and beach-side festivities. When the people at Mammoth think of 4th of July they think: skiing, golfing, and mountain biking.

Mammoth Mountain had a record year for snowfall, which means they’ll be open through July 5. Even though they have snow, its still summer, and they’re opening their Mountain Bike Park on June 25. Mountain biking and skiing in the same day—an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. To make things even better, The Sierra Star golf course, located just five miles from Mammoth Mountain opened June 11, and is collaborating with the mountain for 10 days to provide skiers with discounted golfing if they skied that day.

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