15 Ways To Hit The Slopes In Summer

Despite what you may have heard, most ski resorts don’t go into hibernation once the snow melts and the wildflowers blossom. In fact, some of the top ski destinations around the U.S. offer warm-weather exploits that are just as appealing as their snowbound ones.
"The mountains have so much beauty and diversity to offer during the summer," says Susie English, director of communications for Ski Utah. “Even with world-class skiing all winter, summer is hard to beat in the mountains: The temperature is ideal, the weather can't be beat, and there are countless outdoor concerts, movies, art festivals, beer festivals, hiking, biking, fishing, and more." These all sound like the perfect antidote for anyone suffering beach fatigue at this point in the season.
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"Once the snow melts," English adds, "the resorts transform into summer vacation spots, and many venues offer free concerts... It is so magical listening to great music while surrounded by mountains." From full-moon date nights on a gondola to lift-served hiking treks and remote Alpine slides, here are the coolest things to do on the slopes this summer. And, not a one involves parkas or ear muffs.
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Photo: Courtesy of Attitash Mountain Resort.
Attitash Mountain Resort
Clocking in at over a mile, the Alpine slide at this New Hampshire resort is North America's longest. Make sure to soak in the views on the slow chairlift ride up because you’ll be flying as you navigate the S-turns on your speedy slide down.

Attitash Mountain Resort, Route 302, Bartlett, NH; 800-223-7669.
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Photo: Courtesy of Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs
Ride the Steamboat Gondola for sunset views and a happy hour in the clouds. Just $12 gets you a lift ticket — and $5 off food and drinks — for a live concert at the top of the mountain with signature cocktails and appetizers.

Steamboat Ski & Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO; 970-879-6111.
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Photo: Courtesy of Viceroy Snowmass Resort.
Viceroy Snowmass Resort
Of course, ski slopes make great mountain-biking environs in the off-season. This Aspen resort's Pros in Motion program lets you two-wheel around with professional racers as your guides, and a lunch carefully packed for the journey.

Viceroy Snowmass Hotel, 130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, CO; 970-923-8000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley Resort.
Squaw Valley Resort
Ride the aerial tram up to High Camp from Squaw Valley to take a dip in the mountaintop pool and hot tub. While you’re up there, take advantage of the poolside dining or dry off and hit the roller rink for some summit skating.

Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA; 866-212-0959.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Vail Mountain
Hiking is a great use of the greened-up slopes. And here, Paragon Guides will hook you up with a llama to carry your gear (read: picnic necessities). So, you can breathe the thin air a bit easier while hoofing it along the trail.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences, 1 Vail Road, Vail, CO; 970-477-8600.
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Photo: Courtesy of Snowbasin Needles Lodge.
Snowbasin Needles Lodge
Take dinner up a level, literally, at this elevated lodge. On select Saturday evenings, it transforms into a fine dining experience with expansive sunset views and unbeatable patio seating. Dates include July 5, August 2, August 30, and September 27.

Snowbasin Needles Lodge, 3925 East Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, UT; 888-437-5488.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Bike.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Frequently ranked as the top bike park in the country, the park at Mammoth Mountain covers 3,500 acres and more than 80 miles of single track. There are trails, and even guides, for a variety of skill levels, so get rolling.

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, 10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA; 800-626-6684.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Jackson Hole
Up for a little al fresco romance? Here, an in-house astronomer will take you and a date out on a private tour — armed with a Schmidt–Cassegrain 11-inch telescope and a picnic of wine and cheese — to gaze at the celestial bodies from your spot on the slope.

Four Seasons Resorts and Residences Jackson Hole, 7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton Village, WY; 307-732-5157.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.
Aspen Snowmass
Take your downward dog upward on Aspen mountain. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June 12 through August 29, Aspen Snowmass offers an hour of free, open-air Hatha yoga. To get there, either purchase a foot passenger ticket on the Silver Queen Gondola or hike up for a completely free, and extremely fitnessy, experience.

Aspen Snowmass, 601 East Dean Street, Aspen, CO; 800-525-6200.
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Alta
This wildflower-dotted hike ends on a high note: a jazz brunch at Alta Lodge. Enjoy live music, mimosas, and make sure to try the beehive cheddar macaroni and cheese or the walnut shortbread with white chocolate when they're available. After all, you have to power up for the hike down.

Alta, 10351 East State Highway 210, Alta, UT; 435-633-1394.
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Photo: Courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Your college friends' favorite game gets a high-altitude upgrade at Solitude Mountain Resort’s 18-hole disc-golf course on the top of the mountain. The course starts at 9,000 feet and is accessible by hiking trail, or an easy chairlift up.

Solitude Mountain Resort, 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude, UT; 877-517-7717.
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Photo: Courtesy of Deer Valley Snow Park.
Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Ampitheater
An amphitheater set at the base of the ski lifts is the perfect place to catch some free summertime music. Performances by the Utah Symphony and acts like Martina McBride are not to be missed.

Deer Valley, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City, UT; 800-424-3337.
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Photo: Courtesy of Berkshire East.
Berkshire East
Fly the friendly skies with a mountaintop zip-lining tour of the Berkshires. With seven zips, two ski-lift rides, two walks, and an amazing canopy tour above the ski runs, this adds up to about three hours of outdoor adventure.

Berkshire East, 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, MA; 413-339-6617.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Resort.
Sundance Resort
Ready to howl at the moon? Start the night off with a romantic wine-paired dinner in the Tree Room or Foundry Grill before snuggling up high above the slopes on a full-moon lift ride. Dates include July 11, July 12, August 8, August 9, September 8, September 9, and September 10.

Sundance Resort, 8841 Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, Sundance, UT; 866-259-7468.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jackson Hole.
Jackson Hole
If all that outdoor exercise has you working up an appetite, head to Corbet's Cabin at the top of Rendezvous Peak for a peanut butter and bacon waffle. Note that if you don't make the hike (or tram) there this summer, the breakfast goodness is only accessible by expert skiers in the winter.

Jackson Hole, 3265 West Village Drive, Teton Village, WY; 307-739-2688.
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