Ski Towns Still Attract in Summer
Summer sunshine means outdoor lovers have hung up their skis and snowboards and brought out the flip-flops and sunscreen. But ski towns across the country haven’t closed up shop -- they’ve just moved on to warm-weather recreation. Think beyond the slopes with ski-town activities such as hiking, mountain biking, alpine sliding and more.
Here are some of our favorite ski-destination deals this summer, from east to west:
- Killington, Vt.: Lonely Planet says “come summer when the snow melts, mountain bikers and hikers claim the slopes” of Killington Mountain. Hike the Appalachian Trail and explore area wineries while saving 50% on a two-night getaway with breakfast and a dining credit.
- Waynesville, N.C.: Head to the Great Smoky Mountains to golf along deciduous forests and lakes, take an eco-tour, go white-water rafting or try your hand at fly-fishing. Save 60% with a two-night mountain retreat at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa, a short drive from some of the area’s most popular ski resorts.
- Beaver Creek, Colo.: Stay just 10 minutes from Vail, where summer activities include rafting, fishing, hunting and hiking. Rates at a AAA 4-Diamond resort start at just $119 through the summer.
- Park City, Utah: Make the most of summer with Deer Valley activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and golf. The 4-star Goldener Hirsch Inn is cutting 60% off its regular summer rates.
- Lake Tahoe, Calif.: In the summer, Lake Tahoe thrives with water sports like wakeboarding, kayaking and paddleboarding. Base your excursion from the comforts of a condo with deals in South Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley. Or hit the links in nearby Olympic Valley for half off.