The snow has melted and ski season has long been over, but that doesn't mean resorts close their doors until the next frost settles. On the contrary, the best resorts in the country ramp up their offerings and really come alive in the summer months. Biking, alpine slides, golf, and fly fishing are just a few of the outdoor activities on tap at these outstanding locations, so head for the hills and enjoy your favorite mountains as you never have before. These 10 year-round resorts are among the best to visit this summer.
Whiteface Lake Placid Where: Lake Placid, New York
You'll find a bevy of outdoor activities at Whiteface Lake Placid during the summer, including a bobsled experience that is truly unique. Hop into a professional bobsled and go for a ride down an actual bobsled course. With professionals at the helm, this is a rare chance to experience Olympic greatness (or as close to it as most of us will get). The Summer Jumping Series offers a fun way to showcase winter ski jumpers in the summer, as they jump up to 60 mph from the runs into a deep pool of water. Performances happen sporadically throughout the summer so be sure to plan accordingly.
Insider Tip: Whiteface Lake features Olympian skater shows on some Saturday nights throughout the summer. Be sure to check the schedule to catch your favorite skaters live.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lake Placid Guide
Killington Resort Where: Killington, Vermont
In the heart of Vermont lies the tiny town of Killington, with a population of less than 1,000. Though small in size, it is home to the largest ski area in the Eastern U.S., Killington Resort. Come summertime, Killington continues to entice guests with its 45 miles of mountain-biking terrain accessible from a gondola. Golfers can enjoy the 18-hole, Geoffrey Cornish-designed golf course amidst the scenic mountain landscape. Those seeking to take a walk and enjoy the views on foot have over 15 miles of designated hiking trails available. A designated disc golf course rounds out Killington's summer offerings.
Insider Tip: Killington offers a Saturday evening concert series called "Cooler in the Mountains" that hosts musicians from around the country outside. Bring a blanket and your favorite snacks, and enjoy the free tunes.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Vermont Guide
Northstar California Resort Where: Lake Tahoe, California
The sophisticated Northstar California Resort's summer season is a relaxing escape. The resort is set in the mountains of Tahoe, and the golf course is both renowned and challenging (also keep an eye out for the new mini golf course). Fly fishing is offered through the secluded and private Sawmill Lake, where rainbow trout are stocked for catch-and-release action. Add 43 bike trails accessible from three different lifts and 15 hiking trails, and you'll never want to be indoors.
Insider Tip: Be sure to sign up for the popular Wine Walk, where guides take you through the town of Northstar to sample local wine.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lake Tahoe Guide
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