Tired of spending your summers longing to fasten your skis and fly down a snow-packed mountain? Summer skiing is a real possibility if you know where to go. There are year-round ski resorts located right here in North America. This often comes as a surprise to people that assume summer skiing is reserved to the Southern Hemisphere, which experiences winter as we go through summer.
Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on a plane ticket around the world in order to go skiing in July. North America is home to a few year-round ski resorts that are worth checking out for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.
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#1. Timberline Lodge, Oregon
The Timberline Lodge in Oregon has the longest running ski season in North America, open every day starting in late May and on through early September. The well-groomed lanes are located on the south side of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain. Mt. Hood is home to several glaciers, and remember Stephen King’s novel turned movie The Shining? This is where it was filmed!
The lodge always maintains at least one lane for public access, but the area is largely used for race camps. Every year, the Golden Rose Ski Classic takes place here, a long running tradition that originated in 1936. It is considered America’s oldest organized ski race and remains the only USSA-sanctioned summer race.
A ride up the Magic Mile chairlift takes you to Palmar Glacier and its lift, which is where most summer skiing takes place. The Palmer Glacier is best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers thanks to the challenging runs found here.
Learn more about summer skiing at Timberline Lodge here.
#2. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, Lynchburg, VA
Thanks to technological advancements, year-round winter sports are a possibility even if there’s no snow naturally on the ground. Welcome to the top of Liberty University’s beautiful 5,000-acre mountain, where you can ski, snowboard and tube all year long. There are slopes for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers, as well as a two-story lodge for accommodations. Described as a “high-performance playground,” Liberty Mountain Snowflex is the first of its kind in the US.
Learn more about year-round skiing at Liberty Mountain here.
#3. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
Blackcomb Mountain, which is a part of the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resorts, is located in British Columbia, Canada. You can enjoy some fierce summer skiing here thanks to Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. In proof of the awesome skiing opportunities, over 1 million skiers travel here between June and July every year.
Blackcomb’s epic mountain peak extends almost 7,500 feet up into the clouds, calling all daredevil skiers to tackle some of the steepest terrain around. In order to reach the top you’ll need to conquer a T-bar, a T-shaped bar made of metal that is placed behind your legs in order to tow you up the mountain. Once you reach the top you’ll find a wide variety of terrain, jumps and rails to get your blood pumping.
Don’t forget to take in the incredible views found up here–there’s nothing quite like it. The best views of all can be found on the 7th Heaven Chairlift that takes you to the Horstman Hut eatery. While you grab some grub you’ll see even more beautiful views of Whistler Mountain and the valley below.
Learn more about summer skiing at Whistler Blackcomb here.
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