It doesn’t have to be winter time to enjoy all of the beauty and fun of a ski resort town. Many of North America’s most popular ski towns have stepped up their summer game with a host of fun activities designed to keep you and your family busy all year long. While most of these ski towns offer activities such as gondola rides, hiking trails, mountain biking opportunities, zipline courses, and climbing walls, each of the following destinations also boasts activities that make them stand out from the crowd. If you find yourself looking for some last-minute travel fun this summer, here are seven of the best ski towns to visit.
Park City, Utah
As a former site of the Winter Olympics, Park City, Utah offers a number of attractions not found anywhere else. Guests can try their luck at summer bobsledding on the 2002 Winter Olympics track and then go on a zipline tour of the Olympic Park. Pair this with a spin on the Flying Eagle zipline and a ride on the Alpine Coaster for a day full of twists and turns. Park City also offers hot air balloon rides, taking you over the Kamas Valley with a birds-eye view of the Wasatch Mountains in the distance and the town of Park City down below.
Located in northern Idaho and offering a wide array of kid-friendly activities, Schweitzer, Idaho is a great place to take the family for a summer vacation. In addition to the standard summer mountain resort fun of zipline courses, mountain biking, horseback riding, and a climbing wall, Schweitzer also features a fun disc golf course. Kids will love all of the activities specifically geared toward their age and interests, including a trampoline jumper, a sluice box, and a nine-week adventure camp. The Ultimate Fun Pass gives you unlimited access to all of the fun at the Village.
Mont-Tremblant in Quebec is brimming with summer adventure. Start off your tour of this charming village with a ride on the Alpine Luge before heading to the Acrobranche forest experience, featuring ziplining and flying snowboards through the trees. Catch a thrill on the Eurobungy trampoline or head up the climbing tower to test your skills. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Birds of Prey show, offered for free at select times. Or try your hand at falconry yourself with some beginner lessons. Other fun activities to check out at Mont-Tremblant include miniature golf, cruises on Lake Tremblant, paintball, rafting, dune buggy tours, and much more.
Sunday River, Maine
While Sunday River, Maine is known for its scenic mountain landscape, the resort town also boasts a variety of water activities. Jump into a refreshing swimming hole, head out on a white water river rafting adventure, or choose a more peaceful activity such as paddle boarding or kayaking. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to tee off at the popular Sunday River Golf Club. You will also find the standard mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding activities at this welcoming western Maine mountain village.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The majestic Grand Tetons are the backdrop for the stunning mountain escape that is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Immerse yourself in a true Wild West Experience with horseback riding, rodeo events, chuck wagon BBQs, stagecoach rides, and an authentic recreation of a Western shootout. Jackson Hole also offers a ropes course adventure, paragliding, and mountain climbing on the glorious Grand Tetons. There is also no shortage of water activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. Whatever outdoor adventure you fancy, you will find it in Jackson Hole.
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Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
It is hard to picture a place more beautiful than Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia. Nestled into the breathtaking scenery of this Canadian province, the bustling town is brimming with fun delivered with true Canadian hospitality. The peak-to-peak gondola ride takes you between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in minutes, offering sweeping views of the valley below along the journey. Test your fear of heights on the Cloudraker Skybridge, a 130-meter suspension bridge that connects Whistler Peak to the West Ridge. Hikers will delight in the unique snow walls that tower above Pika’s Traverse even in the summer, forming a hiking path like you none you have experienced before. Keep in mind that this snow will melt later in the summer, making it important to go early in the season if the snow walls are on your itinerary.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains feature a variety of summer activities, many within the upscale resort town of Vail, Colorado. A number of these attractions of collected together into The Epic Discovery experience, which includes a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, the Forest Flying Mountain Coaster, a ropes courses, zip lines, miniature golf, and more. Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more unusual? Something that will allow you to commune with the local fauna? How about signing up for a goat yoga session? Or taking a hike with a llama? All of this fun is in addition to the traditional summer ski town offerings of river rafting, mountain biking, gondola rides, hiking, and fly fishing.
So if you find yourself looking for cheap flights in August, why not check out some of these traditional skiing destinations…but for summer time fun?
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