"I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer."

It's a well-worn clich employed by one-time ski bums who quickly grasped the appeal of ski-town living after the snow melted, the temperatures rose and the wildflowers bloomed.

In recent years, top ski destinations have beefed up their warm-weather offerings to lure visitors. Most large ski resorts offer world-class golf and mountain biking. Many are adding bells and high-altitude whistles like man-made whitewater parks, ziplines and much more. The bonus? Bargain rates.

Keystone Resort offers geocaching, a high-tech scavenger hunt that uses a GPS to find hidden "treasures" around the mountain. Adventure-seekers can also try whitewater rafting. Guided beginner, intermediate and advanced trips launch from three points on Clear Creek and the Arkansas and Colorado rivers. Trips are available for kids as young as 3.

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