9 ski resorts that are just as fun in summer

Most people flock to ski resorts in the winter to get their adrenaline pumping on the snowy slopes. But many of the same resorts have created activities and adventures that make visiting just as fun during the warmer summer months. From mountain biking and music festivals to scenic trolley rides and epic hikes, don’t wait for the snow to start falling to take a trip to the mountains – here are nine ski resorts, across the US and Canada, where you can also have some serious off-season fun.

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1. Mammoth, California

Mammoth Mountain’s world-class ski runs turn into thrilling downhill mountain biking trails during the summer for the ultimate high mountain riding experience at Mammoth Bike Park. Guests and their bikes (rentals, including e-bikes and equipment, are available) ride to the top via the panoramic gondola or chairlifts. There are various downhill trails for different levels of ability, including over 80 miles of singletrack offering plenty of cobblestones, berms, jumps and drops, as well as a discovery area suitable for beginners and a derailed area for expert riders and professionals. A scenic cross-country ski trail connects the mountain to the downtown village.

Now a skier’s paradise, Mammoth Lakes was once the site of a booming gold rush

Bottom view of a red gondola car against a blue sky
Jackson Hole Cable Car. | Photo: Melissamn/Shutterstock

2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For an adrenaline-filled high mountain adventure, try Jackson Hole’s guided Via Ferrata tour, which traverses the Tetons through rock climbing, suspension bridges and ladders. Six routes accommodate a variety of skill levels, from beginners to advanced, and climbers wear a harness that secures them to safety cables throughout.

For a less strenuous outing, take the 4,139-foot Aerial Tram to the “Top of the World” in just about 12 minutes. Pop into Corbett’s Shack for world-class gourmet waffles before hiking one of the many trails that lead to the bottom. Stop by the newly renovated Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole to reward yourself with an adult drink after the hike at The Handle Bar pub.

a suspension bridge with pedestrians over a mountain valley
Whistler Blackcomb Suspension Bridge. | Photo: Whistler Tourism/Justa Jeskov

3. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

You can easily spend an entire day or more exploring Whistler Blackcomb, with over 30 miles of hiking trails for all abilities. The new 426-foot-long Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk viewing platform suspends you nearly 40 feet off the edge of a cliff with sweeping views of the Whistler Valley. Take advantage of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola for a 360 degree sightseeing experience that takes you between Whistler and Blackcomb peaks. Whistler is also known worldwide as the mecca of downhill mountain biking with single-track trails (ranging from green to double black diamond) at Whistler Mountain Bike Park and remote backcountry access via heli-biking .

an aerial tramway above the mountains covered with snow-covered trees
Palisades Tahoe Cable Car. | Photo courtesy of Palisades Tahoe

4. Lake Tahoe, California

Just 40 miles east of the bustling “bigger little town” of Reno, summer travelers can take a day trip to Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake and one of best summer vacation spots. Skiers looking to visit their favorite resorts in the summer can explore the newly renamed Tahoe Palisades with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Take a scenic 10-minute ride to the summit on the Aerial Tramway, which climbs over 2,000 feet, to enjoy sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the scenic mountain terrain. Once you arrive at High Camp, the fun continues with activities such as roller skating on an outdoor rink, a 9-hole disc golf course, geocaching and incredible hiking.

Panoramic view of empty chairlifts on a city and green trees
Park City, Utah. | Photo: Jason Finn

5. Park City, Utah

Unlike its famous winter season, Park City offers a wide variety of fun summer activities that appeal to travelers of all ages. As the home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City offers unique experiences that allow guests to experience what it would be like to be an Olympian. With the Summer Bobsled Experience, you can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour as you (with a professional bobsledder at the helm) speed down an Olympic-sized concrete bobsled, luge and of skeleton. Utah Olympic Park also offers thrilling zipline tours that soar above the mountain ski slopes below.

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two people ride an alpine roller coaster with snowy mountains in the background
Vail, Colorado. | Photo: Epic Discovery/Jack Affleck

6. Vail, Colorado

For summer fun in Vail, Epic Discovery offers a thrilling summer mountain experience with activities like the Forest Flyer Alpine Roller Coaster, Summer Tubing, Aerial Challenge Course, Bungee Trampoline and an interactive trail system. Pick and choose which activities are right for you, or try them all with an Adventure Pass. For those looking to push their limits, try a challenging “fourteener”, climbing a mountain over 14,000 feet.

two people navigate a ropes course with wooden platforms in the treetops
Snow King. | Photo courtesy of Snow King Mountain

7. Snow King Station, Wyoming

Get a bird’s eye view of the forest with Snow King Mountain’s challenging Treetop Adventure course. Guests are harnessed for safety as they ride ziplines, cross suspension bridges, climb nets, traverse swinging logs, and even go aerial skateboarding, all while taking in the spectacular views of the Tetons.

8. Big Sky, Montana

Try a unique outdoor activity at Big Sky Montana’s The Search for Creature X Outdoor Escape Room. Invite your friends to work as a team to solve the mystery and locate a mysterious creature while traversing the mountain.

a man on a bicycle descends a mountain next to a cable car
Powder Mountain. | Photo courtesy of Powder Mou

9. Powder Mountain, Utah

The “thrill of the downhill” takes on new meaning this summer in the beloved ski resort of Powder Mountain, Utah, with the opening of Utah’s newest bike park, Power Mountain Bike Park . The new park offers lift access to two flow tracks and some single track technical tracks. Unlike larger bike parks, Powder Mountain prevents overcrowding by limiting daily lift tickets to 250.