The Longest Seasons: Summer skiing
Some ski areas have the weather conditions, altitude and snowpack to offer skiing well into the summer season. Many have groomed trail access in June and July.
OREGON: Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR. Constructed in the 1930s as a WPA project during the Great Depression, Timberline was used as the exterior for the hotel in the movie The Shining. Many seasons see some of the 35 runs open year-round, closing only for two weeks in September for maintenance.
Dachstein Glacier, Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria. The glacier opens in May for an 11-month ski season. The year-round snowpack serves as a training ground for world-class winter sport athletes.
Saas-Fee, Saatal, Switzerland. Known as “the pearl of the Alps,” this resort is another location for winter athletes to train in the summer. Year-round skiing on the Dom and Allainhorn Glaciers are easily accessible via Switzerland's top-quality rail system.