Ski for Glory Over Independence Weekend

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Timberline Ski Area, OR and Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C. offer the perfect excuse to head to the mountains for holiday festivities, great lodging deals, and a weekend of sunny skiing. Timberline boasts the longest season in North America with a variety of runs and terrain open for all types of skiers. Farther north Canada's Whistler/Blackcomb will host a myriad of activities for Canada's July 1 Independence Day.

Timberline Ski Area, OR
(503) 622-0717 (info)
(800) 547-1406 (lodging)
www.timberlinelodge.com
Lift tickets: $34 (all ages)
Terrain: mostly intermediate to expert

Timberline boasts the longest season in North America, with 361 scheduled days of skiing. From June 5 to September 4 the hours of operation run from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This seemingly endless season plus 3,590 vertical feet of winter terrain make it a favorite among diehard skiers, pros, and ski racers. Expert terrain can be found on the Palmer Snowfield glacier, while intermediate and cruiser runs are accessible by the Magic Mile lift.

Lodging starts at around $110 for two people, plus $20 for each additional person.

Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada
(800) WHISTLER
www.whistler-blackcomb.com
Lift tickets: $24 (ages 19-64), $21 (all others)
Terrain: intermediate to expert

Not wanting to miss out on the holiday celebrations, Whistler/Blackcomb holds their own on July 1 for Canada Day. Festivities in the valley include the Whistler community parade, a street fair, entertainment, free cake, and more. Whistler Mountain will re-open for lift-served biking, hiking, and other mountain activities that will continue throughout the summer. Skiing is also an option on Blackcomb Mountain from June 12 to August 7 between 12-3 p.m.

Check out the Ski and Ride Packages from $159. They include three nights accommodation and two days activities such as skiing and mountain biking.