What Skiers and Riders do in the Summer

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Who said you can’t snowboard in the summer?

Summer is a time for shorts and tank tops, as well as picnics, relaxing at the beach, barbecues, jumping in a pool, playing lawn games, cold beverages, cute sandals, bike rides, succulent fruits and so much more. Other than the occasional day when it is too hot, where sweat drips off your face and you literally feel as though you are melting, what is there not to like about summer?

What’s that you say? There’s no skiing in the summertime? Well, that’s OK, because there is so much else to do to fill that void. I spoke with several WinterWomen employees (who are avid skiers and riders) to see which summer activities they enjoy the most that satisfies their withdrawals from skiing and riding.

Leigh prefers hiking. “One of my favorite summer activities is taking hikes in the mountains and foothills of Colorado. It is an outdoor activity that many friends, family and pets can join in on, be active, and experience the beautiful state we live in!”

Hiking seems to be a popular favorite among WinterWomen employees as Jackie also shares the passion. “An early morning hike is my favorite thing to do in the summertime. I love waking up with the sun and getting outside in the “cool” morning air. Then, a nice and relaxing breakfast or lunch!”

Taken at Mohawk Lakes Trail in Breckenridge. You can't get views like this from your couch.

Photo taken at Mohawk Lakes Trail in Breckenridge. You can’t get views like this from your couch!

Who can blame them since hiking has cardiovascular and pulmonary benefits, and works major muscle groups so that you improve your stamina, endurance, strength and muscle tone just like skiing?! You use many of the same muscles for both activities including your quads, glutes and hamstrings, but at different intensities. A strong core is also extremely crucial for both.

“Colorado has a lot to offer and I try to take advantage of everything, from climbing, paddle boarding and camping, to admiring the beautiful alpine flowers. It’s hard to stay home when the sun is shining and summer is limited in the mountains,” says Heather.

Heather SUPs at a lake in Glacier National Park, MT. Photo: Jason Gebauer photography

Heather SUPs at a lake in Glacier National Park, MT. Photo: Jason Gebauer photography

Not only do rock-climbing and Stand Up Paddleboarding require a strong core and work out different muscles, just like skiing, but they also all rely heavily on balance. To top it off, these activities (as well as camping) allow you to explore nature, make amazing memories, and see awe-inspiring views that you wouldn’t be able to see if you stayed indoors all summer.

Acadia misses the thrills she gets from snowboarding, but replenishes her adrenaline rush with tubing.  She exclaims that “Inner tubing in Bear Creek in Golden!” is definitely her favorite summer activity. “It can be a nice relaxing float or exciting as a roller coaster depending on the river’s mood; either way it’s a great way to stay cool in the summer heat.” This weekend is going to be a scorcher – looks like I’ll be taking her advice and heading to the creek to try my hand at inner tubing!

Tubing

Tubing can be a wild ride when you whip through the rapids. Always be safe and wear a life jacket and helmet!

Just like Heather, I myself have a plethora of outdoor activities that I enjoy doing in the summertime depending upon my mood or the day, including ATVing and yoga. I’m also working on my golf game, which is not quite up to par (pun intended)!

Now that you’d heard from us, we want to hear from you! What’s your favorite summer activity? Let us know in the comments below!

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Originally from Massachusetts, Lora came out to coLORAdo for college and decided she had found her permanent home (who can blame her since her name is in the state name)! She loves the outdoors and exploring all it has to offer by way of her favorite activities which include snowboarding, ATVing, hiking, and camping. Recently married, Lora lives with her husband and 2 dogs and hopes to expand her happy little family in the near future.

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