The snow is melting and the ski season is ending, but that doesn’t mean resorts close their doors until winter. In fact, some ski resorts keep their doors, and slopes, open all year. Rather than shutting down all operation, the best ski resorts in the country actually increase their offerings and come alive during the summer months.
In the winter, your options are limited. Ski, ride, ice climb, snowshoe, dogsled (maybe). But take a minute to think about how big your favorite ski resort is and what opportunity lies on those same runs in the summer months: mountain biking, golf, fly fishing, hiking, camping, and alpine slides are just a few things that come to mind.
At first glance, bobsled might appear to only be possible in the winter months. Whiteface in Lake Placid, NY thinks differently with their truly unique bobsled experience. With professionals at the helm, you can don a helmet and hop in for the ride of your life on an actual bobsled course.
Believe it or not, but some of the best mountain biking in the United States are the slopes of Killington Resort in Vermont. Once you take a gondola ride to the top you’re on your bike and flying down 45 miles of forested mountain bike terrain.
Some ski resorts even open a golf course during the summer if you want to take it easy. The golf course at Northstar California Resort in Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its pristine groundskeeping. But if you want to truly “take it easy” you might want to look elsewhere as this course is also very challenging.
There are some resorts that offer so many offerings that they even offer summer packages. At Big Sky Resort in Montana you can get soaked while paddling the Gallatin River on one of the resort’s whitewater rafting excursions, harness up at the ropes course, and shoot some skeet on Andesite Mountain.
Then again if you can’t get your fix of skiing or snowboarding in the wintertime, some resorts like Timberline are even able to keep their slopes open during the summer months. And if you're in the mountains, there's always the chance to search for pitches of north-facing snow. They're out there if you know where to go.