Summer is here, and with it the end of ski and snowboard season, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, summer ski season is more vibrant than ever in 2019, with a surprising amount of options for those who are looking to keep getting their turns all year long.
Don’t believe us? Here are six good reasons to keep your skis and boards out of summer storage this year and get back out on the slopes.
This Southern Californian ski and snowboard staple is known for having long seasons, but after a 2019 winter that just wouldn’t quit (the mountain reported 492 inches of total snowfall this season), Mammoth Mountain has announced that it will keep lifts and trails open until August this year.
In addition to over two dozen trails for summer shredding, the resort is also home to the epicenter of slushy park skiing and snowboarding: Unbound Terrain Park.
Unfortunately, the mountain’s conditions aren’t the only thing that remain winter-like, as lift tickets are still over $100.
Summer ski and snowboard enthusiasts have been flocking to the flanks of Oregon’s tallest volcano for decades, and this year will be no different. Timberline Ski Area plans to spin lifts up through Labor Day this year, hosting a large assortment of ski racing and freestyle camps as well as public skiing on the Palmer Glacier.
Habitual skiers and riders can purchase an all-summer pass for $899 (winter and spring passes aren’t valid after May 27), and day riders can score turns for $73.
Europe has a handful of glaciers offering summer skiing and riding, but Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps is one off-season mountain experience that advanced riders shouldn’t pass up.
The Swiss resort offers over eight miles of groomed ski terrain, including race courses and terrain parks. In fact, this is the training ground of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding’s summer freestyle training, as Saas Fee’s summer season lasts until September 26.
Sometimes summer skiing and riding calls for a plane ticket, and there are fewer places more worth the trip than New Zealand. While the South Island and ski fields like Treblecone often steal much of the acclaim from powder hounds, the North Island’s Whakapapa has the distinction of being New Zealand’s largest ski field and also just a few hours’ drive from the island’s surf-friendly coastline.
Situated on an active volcano, the resort has plenty of beginner terrain, but also a selection of backcountry options and enough views to make that long flight all worth it.
For those with a little more cash to burn, treat yourself to South American winter at Chile’s luxury ski resort, Ski Portillo. Chile’s original ski area, Ski Portillo has a long and strong connection with North America, hosting several big ski events over the years and catering to English-sepaking guests.
In addition to world-class lodging and dining, the resort has a little something on the slopes for everyone, from beginner and intermediate terrain, to some of the toughest in-bounds skiing in the Southern Hemisphere and even its own heliskiing operation. Sunny days are abundant south of the Equator, and a clear day at Ski Portillo means a chance to see the tallest mountain in the Andes, Aconcagua.
You may have thought summer skiing skipped the East Coast, but for those that just can’t hang them up, Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is an innovative ski center in the hills of Virginia that is open year-round. Featuring Snowflex – a material similar to wet Astroturf – instead of snow, Liberty Mountain has two trails and a full terrain park.
For those looking to dial in next year’s tricks, Liberty has a full range of classes and clinics offered 365 days a year.
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