Still Find Summer Skiing In Lower 48
Timberline’s Palmer Express lift usually operates June 1st through Labor Day for summer turns on Oregon’s highest peak. (Timberline/Facebook)
Some skiers and riders just can’t get enough, and they aren’t satisfied with wind surfing, whitewater rafting or plain ol’ hiking in the summer. For them, there are options out there that require some travel, a bit of hiking and plenty of sunscreen.
Here’s a look at a sampling of locales that keep their snow through the summer and offer up a few more turns for the hard core:
Timberline Ski Area, sitting on a shoulder of Mount Hood in Oregon, is the only United States resort that keeps lifts running throughout the year. More than 2,600 vertical feet are served by chairlifts, with the mid-mountain Timberline Lodge as a launching point. The Palmer Glacier chair has been home since 1979 for a variety of summer racing camps on the upper reaches of the ski area. A day pass costs $66, while an all-summer pass goes for $899.
Whistler Blackcomb, among the largest ski and snowboard wintertime resorts in North America, keeps two T-bars running for skiers and riders through the middle of July on Horstmann Glacier. Glacier skiing and riding runs from noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. A public upload begins from 11 a.m. at the Wizard Express at the base, and a top-of-mountain shuttle service runs during operating hours. Day ticket costs $66, and summer pass is $499.
In Wyoming, the lifts at Beartooth Basin are typically open all summer in Yellowstone National Park. However, a meager snow season this winter forced operators to shut down for the 2016 summer.
For backcountry lovers, there are plenty of summer snowfields to hike into all over the Rockies and Sierra. In Colorado, options abound, including the north-facing slope of 14,154-foot Mount Democrat; Skyscraper and Challenger glaciers above Winter Park; and Lamb’s Slide and Tyndall Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park.