This American classic has served as a winter refuge for the rich and famous since its 1935 inception, when Averell Harriman decided to create a grand American ski resort at the end of his Union Pacific train line.
Mt. Bachelor and its home base of Bend, Ore., are heaven for Type A personalities: The problem is not what to do but how to do it all. The premier golf destination in the Northwest, the region boasts 25 courses.
During the summer, Mammoth is to mountain biking what Mt. Everest is to climbing: There is no equal. The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park provides more than 70 miles of singletrack through the spectacular Eastern Sierra Mountains.
Steamboat has built its reputation around the image of cowboys riding through flank-deep snow, but summer is the best time to sample the area's ranching heritage. That's when the ProRodeo is in full-swing and pickups outnumber SUVs on Main Street.