I am not a skier. I mean, if it’s sunny and not too cold and we happen to be at a ski resort having survived traffic and avoided putting chains on our tires, I might give it a go. In fact, last winter I did surprise myself by enjoying 2 whole days of skiing at Yosemite National Park. I have nothing against the mountains. I LOVE the mountains! It’s just that I’d much rather be hiking, biking or swimming and be able to feel my fingers to enjoy them. Luckily, I can have my cake and eat it, too. Ski areas are super fun after the snow is gone. Here are a few of the many ski resorts that make for excellent summer vacations…in case you’re still looking for a fun way to spend what’s left of this one!
Lake Tahoe, CA
This area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where California and Nevada meet is gorgeous in the winter but, in summer, the lake adds a new dimension with swimming and boating activities. There is hiking galore or you can float or paddle down the nearby Truckee River. Take a gondola at Squaw Valley or Heavenly ski resorts to swim, roller skate, zip-line, mountain coaster or challenge yourself on a ropes course way up high.
This beautiful, historic mining town set in a box canyon in southwestern Colorado is a mecca for outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing. Telluride is also well known for its many and diverse summer festivals (bluegrass, dog films, yoga, and mushrooms to name just a few.)
Jackson Hole, WY
To clarify an often-asked question, the difference between Jackson Hole and Jackson, WY is that the former is the valley between the Teton and Gros Venre mountain ranges and Jackson is the well-known town in this valley. People often call the town itself Jackson Hole, but Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the ski resort located in Teton Village, 12 miles northwest of Jackson. Not only does Jackson Hole offer fun hiking, biking and lots of other adventure activities, but you are also at the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks which means more beautiful hiking, lakes and rivers to explore.
Lest you think I am ignoring the east of the country entirely, here’s one. Stowe Mountain Resort offers beauty, nature and adventure as well as a great way to escape the east coast heat. There’s tons for all members of the family to do including hiking, zip-lining, rock-climbing and a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Mansfield from where you will have amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.
Because many of my fellow Americans might soon be considering a move to Canada, let’s talk about Whistler. The Whistler resort area north of Vancouver is the largest skiable area in North America and great fun in the summer, too. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects the side-by-side Whistler and Blackcomb mountains that make up the resort. You can bike, hike, zip-line through coastal rain forests or go on a black bear tour! Plus, you’re in BC! (See my past BC blogs if you need to know why that’s so awesome!)
I hope you find some mountain fun in the sun this summer!