Slopes freshly blanketed with powder, iconic mountains, cosy fireplaces and crystal clear lakes are what many renowned ski resorts are best known for, but once the snow melts they come alive – whether its outdoor adventure sports or a relaxing escape, the mountains make the perfect setting. Strewn with biking trails, hiking routes, rivers, lakes and gondolas, these resorts are among the best to visit in the summer months:
Lake Tahoe, America
It’s tough to beat Lake Tahoe as a multi-sport mecca with endless entertainment options, whatever the season. It’s a hot spot for skiing and offers a huge number of outdoor sports in the summer. Many of the resorts, set in the mountains, offer a sense of sophisticated escapism. Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is popular, as is biking and hiking along the many trails accessible by ski lift. The lake is home to wineries too so wine tours are available. It's a natural playground in the Summer from mountain biking to gourmet s’mores and luxury hotels.
Located in the shadow of a dormant volcano, Mount Yotei, on the North-most island Hokkaido, Niseko is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan with its constant fresh powder. In summer though, it’s a hub of adventure with sweeping beautiful emerald forests, sunflower fields and hot springs and crystal-clear rivers. Adventurers can raft, play golf, climb, hike, cycle and paddle board. All that, plus you’re perfectly located to taste incredible local food like crab and miso ramen.
Around the Matterhorn, Italy & Switzerland
At the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt area is one of the largest in the Alps. It stretches through three valleys in two countries, Italy and Switzerland. The Zermatt area is an outdoor sports haven and a perfect place to soak up the summer mountain air. There’s incredible hiking, biking and rock climbing. Waterskiing and picnicking is popular at the crystal clear lakes and, thanks to the Plateu Rosa sitting at 3500m above sea level, there’s ample opportunity to ski year round. Although internationally renowned, with its many hotels, restaurants and shops, Zermatt has never lost the village-charm. Making Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia ideal summer ski resorts.
St. Anton, Austria
Every winter St Anton am Alberg becomes a mecca for skiers, rated one of the top in Europe due to its challenging pistes and lively après-ski, but once the winter subsides, what remains is the authentic Tyrolean Alpine mountain village that offers incredible opportunity for outdoor sports and adventure in what draws visitors winter and summer- the mountains. 3 of the ski lifts remain open in the summer that run from St Anton up the mountains – there’s a restaurant open summer-round at the top of the Galzigbahn cable car. The town is classically quaint with former farmhouses being turned into luxury hotels and chalets. The village shops and restaurants remain open year round making it an ideal spot to venture in the summer.
Although Whistler is best known as one of the world’s leading ski resorts, it's a fantastic Summer getaway option. The record breaking Peak-2-Peak gondola provides 360 panoramic views between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains; weekend barbeque events have chefs cooking up slow roast pork, prime rib and seafood to be enjoyed at 6000 ft. The mountains make for some incredible mountain biking and hiking; there are tours available for discovering the Black bears of the area as well. The 5 lakes are popular for canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Festivals are a plenty during the summers months, with free concerts than run through the summer. Whistler, with its multiple resorts is a top choice for a summer mountain getaway, whether its relaxation or adventure you’re after.