Mountain Resorts for a Cool Summer Getaway
Summertime can mean HEAT in plenty of places. But it doesn’t HAVE to be hot. There are plenty of mountain locations that could be calling your name. From US News, comes several mountain resorts for a cool summer getaway!!
Trade crowded sands for the chance to hike, bike, raft and enjoy other outdoor adventures.
Across picturesque mountain towns, local residents rave about the beauty of stark white winters transitioning into the vivid colors of summer – a feat of nature that travelers can enjoy, too. And with charming mountain resorts priced at 30 to 50 percent less in the summertime
than in peak ski season, you may find yourself saying, “I came for the winter and stayed for the summer,” as so many locals do. Here are 10 favorite ski resorts that offer enticing outdoor adventures and festivals for every mountain explorer.
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Mountain Chalet Aspen
Aspen sits at the pinnacle of western mountain resorts, with a sophisticated arts scene and world-class recreational activities. In summer, the Aspen Music Festival presents more than 300 classical music events, and Anderson Ranch art workshops attract all ages and skill levels. Outdoor cafes, European-style boutiques and the weekly farmers market are part of its allure. Plus, the free bus service to Snowmass makes another 90 miles of hiking and biking trails, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking accessible. Best of all, local lodges charge about 50 percent less in summer than in the height of winter, and inns at Snowmass and outside Aspen village are even more reasonable.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge is an authentic mountain town with world-class slopes, casual bars, farm-to-table dining spots and a vibrant nightlife. There’s hiking, fly-fishing, cooking classes and a Summer Fun Park with zip lines, Segway tours and camp for ages 5 to 13. Plus, summer entertainment options include the Light + Sound + Water multimedia festival, Bike Week and the famously eclectic Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Tucked into the dense Bretton Woods forest at the foot of Mt. Washington, the Omni Mount Washington Resort
delivers the same superior service that Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed during their 1944 visit. Here, you can hike, fish, mountain bike, join a ranger-led tour or golf on the original Donald Ross-designed course. Afterward, relax and indulge in a treatment at the spa or partake of afternoon tea. What’s more, nearby Lincoln, New Hampshire, is filled with water parks, mini golf courses and ice cream shops.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For more than 50 years, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
‘s red gondola has beckoned to powder enthusiasts seeking some of the best skiing in the world. In summer, the same aerial tram takes paragliders, rock climbers and hikers up to The Deck for unforgettable views of the Jackson Hole valley, Teton Mountains, Snake River, Grand Teton National Park and Teton Village. Make a daytrip to Yellowstone, or check out the galleries, saloons, National Elk Refuge and log cabin lodges around sleepy Jackson Hole to discover the area’s authentic Wild West feel. This is one of the few mountain resorts where summer is busier than winter, so expect high crowds – and prices.
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Lake Placid, New York
Though Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980, summer is when Mirror Lake best showcases the bustling commercial village, which is surrounded by the lush evergreens of Adirondack Park. Get out of town to explore hundreds of hiking trails, tackle some of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks or climb granite walls. There’s also opportunities for canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, whitewater rafting, golf and fly-fishing on the famous Ausable River. Plus, Cycle Adirondacks, a weeklong, fully supported bike tour, offers a great way to see everything the area has to offer.
Resort at Squaw Creek
Lake Tahoe, California
North Lake Tahoe, which is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains on the California-Nevada border, boasts 12 mountain resorts, 24 beaches and 126 miles of single-track biking trails. Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is home to the Resort at Squaw Creek
, a convenient base for weekend athletics and festivals, including Tough Mudder (a strenuous obstacle race) and Wanderlust, a festival filled with yoga and music. Soak up the California-style vibes with stand-up paddleboarding yoga, aerial fabrics classes, a swim in the crystal green waters, kayaking or fly-fishing. There’s also a kids club for guests ages 5 to 13, plus family yoga and blues concerts, among many free events.
The Waldorf Astoria Park City or Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah
This resort town may be home to the largest skiable acreage in the U.S., but it’s summer that transforms historic Main Street into an al fresco dining room during the annual Savor the Summit event. Park City
maintains 400 miles of trails for hiking, championship mountain biking and use by National Ability Center clients and volunteers. And thrill-seekers can enjoy a curved mountain track on Utah Olympic Park’s signature feature, the Comet Bobsled ride. Don’t miss the weekly open-air Park Silly Sunday Market, where live bands and costumed street buskers entertain farmers, craftsmen and tourists, or enjoy a picnic at the concert series at Deer Valley Resort’s amphitheater.