The Best Summer Getaways: Late-Season Snow

Lay down tracks

May 14, 2012
Outside Magazine
Downhill skier

Downhill skier via Shutterstock    Photo: Jeannette Meier Kamer

Most years, Utah’s Snowbird has the country’s best summer skiing: the 500 inches of fluff that typically blanket the mountain each winter usually allows for turns on some of North America’s steepest faces—including Pipeline, a hike-to, expert-only, 1,000-foot vertical chute—deep into June (lift tickets, $66). This isn’t most years. Utah’s snowpack has been weak, meaning June skiing is a long shot. If late-season storms arrive, fly to Salt Lake City, base yourself at the Cliff Lodge (doubles, $167), a short walk from the tram, and have at it. More likely, though, you’ll want to head north to Crystal Mountain, Washington, which is having another banner snow season (lift tickets, $30). The area was open into July last year. Make for the short but steep lift-line shots at Green Valley, and refuel with a gigantic tower of nachos at the Snorting Elk Cellar.