Today’s Weekend Snapshot follows readers on rides around an abandoned mountain resort in Italy, an iconic mountain biking destination in the American Southwest, and a remote region of New Zealand. See what three folks from the community were up to over the weekend here…

We’re always amazed by the diversity of places our Weekend Snapshot submissions come from, and this week is no exception. In today’s edition of our crowdsourced Monday morning series, we catch up with riders on three continents. Find scenes from Italy, New Zealand, and the US below, then continue scrolling to find a quick form you can use to share a shot from one of your rides followed by a bunch of related posts from our deep well of stories and routes.

Marlborough, New Zealand

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By Andrew Trevelyan

This was the final climb on a three-day ride from Kekerengu on the Marlborough coast, inland into the remote Clarence Valley and back out over Blind Saddle. We rode through four high country stations, with the landowners’ permission, including Muzzle Station, New Zealand’s most remote farm. It was a lumpy little trip with 4,700 metres (15,400 feet) of climbing.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

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By Miles Arbour

The first time Emily and I visited Sedona was in 2018 in our old rusty Ford E250 van. We had come from the north through Flagstaff and remember being in bumper-to-bumper traffic the entire way. Long story short, we didn’t stop and drove right through. We came again in 2019, equipped with a larger van that placed us a few notches up on the social hierarchy of van life. Following Logan’s advice, we rode a gravel section of the Robbers Roost route out to the Palatki Heritage Site. Last week, we returned again mentally prepared for crowded trailheads and snuck in two fantastic singletrack rides around the village of Oak Creek and West Sedona. It took three attempts, but now we understand why everyone loves Sedona.

Turin, Italy

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By Edoardo Frezet

Alpe Bianca is an optimistic estate project of the 1980s and ’90s that aimed to revive the tiny valley near Viù by building a new skiing station closer to Turin. The huge hotel never opened, since the project failed very quickly due to the lack of snow. Now, the ghost building stands at 1,450 metres of elevation, still with papers, skiing tickets, and some furniture in it. It’s a great spot to explore and also a cautionary tale (as if we needed more!) about the use and misuse of our mountains.

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