Skiing in Summer: Crazy, but Feasible!


If you are a maniac skier or snowboarder, summer can be a long, hot and boring wait until winter’s craved return. If you can afford it, take a flight to South America or Australia in search of some fresh snow.

For the enthusiasts with more modest financial means, we have at least two hot proposals for summer skiing.

Mount Hood, Oregon

The Timberline winter resort never really closes. This ski and snowboard area on the flank of Mount Hood, just an hour’s drive from Portland, Oregon, has extended winter mode and continues to run its Palmer Express chair lift all summer long.

However, get ready for a crowd, because ski race and freestyle camps take up much of the space. This is so because Timberline is the official summer training site of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard national teams.

Do not be discouraged from visiting, because there is a well-groomed public ski run in the Palmer Snowfield on the south slope of the mountain. One-day tickets cost just $71.

Where to stay

Stay at the historic Timberline Lodge (room prices start from $250 per night), or book a private room at Mazama Lodge down the hill for just $22 per night.

Hintertux Glacier

Or you can fly to Europe for a summer skiing adventure in Austria.

Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only year-round ski resort. During the summer months, it operates no less than ten lifts and two mountain restaurants and offers plenty of steep terrain – perfect for ski and snowboard maniacs.

Dolomites, Italy

The view of the Dolomites in the distance is truly breathtaking. Lift tickets start at $27.


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