Ski Anytime of the Year

Yes, yes, it is time for the weather to hang its wintry cloak in the closet and don the springtime suit. But before those skis get stored for a whole summer, take a look into some great spots for summer skiing on this side of the globe. Whether in the southern hemisphere or in the more polar of northerly locations, there is always a place for the avid skier. Lose not all hope of getting back out on the slopes and feeling the rush of the wind against your goggled eyes. Here’s to five more months of winter!

The Andes of South America are quite a good choice as they offer the longest mountain range in the world, and some of the highest slopes. Throughout Argentina and Chile, there are more socially-oriented, family-friendly ski resorts, and more secluded backcountry zones. The qualities of snow are a mix of compact and dry powdery snow. The Ski Portillo resort remains an uncrowded favorite due to a visitor cap they set at 450. It is also the oldest ski spot in South America.

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For those located in the United States and wishing to stay within borders, the Pacific Northwest offers a wide range of locations along the Cascade Mountains, which span from Oregon and Washington to British Columbia. The Timberline Ski resort features Mt. Hood, the highest elevation in Oregon, the most reputable site in the state for high-speed downhill skiing. It is also the only site in the country open and offering lift service year-round. Fun fact, the Timberline Ski lodge is a national landmark and the locale featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. For one of the largest skiing areas in the state, visit Mount Bachelor’s ski resort with peak heights of 2600 feet.

 

Just North of the Pacific states is the Blackcomb slope in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. With surprisingly warm temperatures and some of the steepest slopes it remains a trusted resort for the skilled skier. Elevations soar up to 7,500 feet where panoramic views of the valleys below are something to marvel at.

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Among the Swiss Alps stand some of the historically most impressive (and intimidating) mountains, and the highest ski resort in all of Europe, including that of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. Even during the summer months, while most of Europe is down by the Mediterranean, the Alps stay open for the keen skiers with the highest snow certainty in the continent. One can also visit idyllic mountainside villages and lakes along the grassier knolls of Switzerland for a break in the all-white scenery.

June Skiing

For better or for worse, it seems that spring in the Northeast is finally here to stay. This winter was, no doubt, a long one. At first it may have started out like any other winter- the days getting ever so slightly shorter, the night seemingly inching back every single hour. And then before we knew it, it was night by five o’clock, and our commutes home were done in the cover of darkness. And as it got darker, the temperatures accordingly dropped, and as those temperatures tumbled that frigid change became as easily detectable in meters of mercury as surely as the sun dipped below the horizon even before we had a chance to leave the office. But then the temperatures kept falling, below what we expected. It just didn’t stop. And so we got a parade of weathermen and weather women telling us that the plunging temperatures and frosty conditions were the result of an old and forgotten phenomenon called “the polar vortex”. And while no one really bothered to explain it while abandoning the technical vocabulary and jargon of meteorologists, we all knew this icy menace was holding us in it’s cold grip for a bit longer than we would expect. And December was rough, and January, and February too. But by the time March came around, lots of breathed a collective sigh of relief, and expected a bit of a change from the wintry chill. But when the third month of the year provided no relief, we invested all our hopes in April. Sure, we got some great days, but on the whole it was a bit cooler than many of us would hope. But May is finally here, and the Sun King has come along with it, and happiness reigns supreme once more.

But it’s too often something’s absence that makes us realize how much we miss it’s presence. Remember a few months ago, when I wrote a post on the ways that a later winter meant beefed up skiing opportunities for the spring? Well Christian Science Monitor seems to have one upped me, as they have recently written about Colorado’s Araphoe Basin’s recent snowfalls (as much as 17 inches in the past few days). While many ski resorts have since closed, the Basin is wide open, and June skiing will be going strong. So it may be time to hit the road again! This time for skiing a little farther out west, in Colorado.