For those of us rightly named ‘snow-addicts’, the warm weather of summer can lead to depression, anger, and frustration. The idea of giving up skiing or riding is sometimes just too painful to bear. Is there a way to cure these doldrums? Absolutely! Of course, you could head to South America and chase the powder but for most of us that is too much dough. What about North America? Is there anywhere you can go to get your fix in? You bet. There are options and here are some of the best to consider.
Timberline Lodge – The Iconic Lodge from The Shining
Are you a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining? If you are, why not kill two birds and visit Timberline Lodge located on Mt Hood. This famous lodge built during the depression by the WPA was used as the setting for the famous outdoor scenes in the Stanley Kubrick film. In addition to being a Hollywood star, it’s also THE most famous summer skiing destination on the planet. This ski area literally stays open all year round with only a few weeks closed in September for maintenance. Skiing/riding on the Palmer snow field in July while the rest of your friends are sitting at home cooking in the heat is a great option for a vacation. Mt Hood is also home to the famous summer snowboard camp known as the High Cascade Snowboard Camp. This place is perfect for teenagers looking for fun Summer activities to help them improve their riding skill as well as the chance to ride with some of their idols.
Whistler Blackcomb – An Adrenaline Junkie’s Home
Whistler Blackcomb is the epitome of all season fun. With a car free village, you’ll enjoy walking around to shop, eat, or hang out in the mountain bike park situated right in the middle. The bike park is filled with ridiculous natural terrain augmented by hand crafted jumps…There is so much to try out and conquer in the mountain bike park you may never want to leave.
Like the cherry on top of any respectable sundae, the glacier skiing at Whistler Blackcomb may be the best part of the journey but the ice cream is still darn good! Similar to Mt Hood, Whistler Blackcomb also has a summer camp called the Camp of Champions which helps up and comers hone their skills and kill it the next season.
Beartooth Pass – True Mountain Men
If the previous two choices seem a little tame for you then Beartooth Basin may fit your bill. A true Mom and Pop resort, this gem was started by people who live to ski/snowboard. The newest of all summer skiing destinations, this ski resort does not open until summer. Yup, that’s right! It doesn’t open UNTIL late May. Beartooth is designed for more adventurous folks looking for something that hasn’t been done before. Everything about this place is rugged like the beautiful state it lives in, Montana. With only a Poma lift to access’ the goods’, you will be forced to hike to get to some of the premier features available here. In addition to the resort, the mountains surrounding Beartooth Basin are the perfect backdrop for anyone looking to do a ton of summer ski-touring as well.