It happens to all of us, the summer rolls around and we start to get the mountain blues. I find it’s worst right about mid July. I start to get antsy from sitting at my desk all day and start craving the smell of fresh mountain air, morning beers and the crunch of fresh snow. Fortunately, the ski gods have realized that the overbearing weight of mountain-lust hits all of us and more and more resorts are opening for summer activities to help us find a cure. Here are a couple of ski destination spots that also provide some amazing summer ski resort activities.
Banff Mountain, CA: The Sunshine Meadows at Banff Mountain have made quite the name for themselves as a popular hiking destination. At 7,300ft, these beautiful mountains provide some of the best day hiking and alpine climbing that the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Banff National Park is the oldest national park in the Rocky Mountains, established in 1885, and offers a wide variety of spectacular views, good fishing, and extensive mountain exploring.
Vail, CO: Located in Colorado, the umbrella of Vail Resorts offers a number of options for summer fun. Vail Mountain offers a number of hikes, ranging from 1-3 miles and all hikes are accessible by gondola. The surrounding areas offer even more hiking, as well as backpacking and rafting. In just over a hour’s drive, full and half day white water rafting and kayaking trips are available.
Mt. Hood, OR: The Mt. Hood National Forest is one of the most popular summer destinations in the world. With over 10,000 alpine summits, Mt. Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world. For those looking for a destination to spend a few summer weeks, Mt. Hood also offers amazing fishing, rafting, biking, hiking and backpacking. Just a quick drive from Portland, Oregon, Mt. Hood is an easy-to-access, fun and all-experience area for any skier suffering from the mountain blues. …Oh, and there’s summer skiing in case you just can’t get past that need for snow.
Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid area is most famously known for hosting the winter Olympics in 1980. It doesn’t, unfortunately, get much attention for the phenomenal summer activities that are available in and around the Lake Placid area. Mirror Lake, named for the impeccable reflection it provides against the scenery, is home to smooth, comfortable kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Most notably, however, is the access you have to the unbelievably beautiful views that are made available by the numerous hikes in and around the Adirondack Mountains.
Keweenaw Peninsula, MI: The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to Mt. Bohemia Ski and Snowboard Resort, a little known destination that had the highest powder base in the country in the 2013/2014 winter season. During the summer, Michigan’s northern-most peninsula offers access to beautiful hiking and backpacking along the shores of Lake Superior, as well as access to Isle Royal National Park, one of the most remote and least impacted parks in the country. The Keweenaw Peninsula is also well known for being one of the top mountain biking destinations in North America. Intricate forests and terrain allow bikers of all ranges to enjoy themselves while spending a day in the mid-west wilderness.
Even if you don’t have access to one of these locations, the mountains offer a wide variety of fantastic activities that you can partake in during those awful snow-less months. Check your local mountain spots and you should surely find something to help cure those mountain blues.