Summertime at ski and snowboard resorts in the Great Northwest packs in all manner of adventure, food and new perspectives.
These days, most resorts have a full array of established activities, like scenic lift rides, bungee jumps and hiking or biking. Each one, however, tries to extend its offerings so as to separate themselves from the pack – and attract more visitors during the offseason.
Here’s a look at a few:
At Schweitzer, Idaho skiers and riders loved the new summit Sky House as a much-needed warming hut and chance to grab a snack before heading down the hill. This summer, The Nest restaurant and bar welcomes chairlift ride to a full menu of food and drink. Plus, the views of Lake Pend Orielle and plethora of wildflowers will grab you.
Oregon’s Mount Hood Ski Bowl has gone all out for family fun during the summer. Base area is full of activities – from mellow nature hikes to batting cages and floating aqua balls to extreme go-kart racing. A driver’s license gets you on the Malibu Raceway for wheel-to-wheel high-speed action.
Mountain-top dining at 6,900 feet can only be had at Washington’s Crystal Mountain. Take the gondola up and check out views of Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks – Ranier, Adams, St. Helens, Glacier Peak. Have your small plate or entree on the patio, with a cold beer or glass of fine wine. Dinners served on Saturdays.
Aside from the spectacular peak-to-peak gondola ride, British Columbia’s Whistler Mountain features tours of all kinds during the summer. The Ziptrek Ecotour combines thrills with nature education as you fly through an old-growth temperate rain forest. Try out ATV tours, geology tours, alpine photography tours, a behind-the-scenes sustainability tour and heli tours, too.