New Resort Rules: All Adventure, All the Time

There’s no downtime in the high country.

Ask longtime residents how they ended up living in a mountain town—or in just about any ski destination—and this is what you’ll hear: “I came here to enjoy the winters, but ended up staying for the summers.”

The smart ones always do.

Ski towns and resorts have noticed, and are actively expanding their operations, rebooting themselves into full four-season destinations. Resort activities now commonly include ziplines, lift-served mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, world-class golf courses, mountain coasters, climbing walls, heli-hiking, water parks, naturalist tours, alpine slides, al fresco dining, whitewater rafting, expanded hiking trails, ropes courses, and new mountaintop restaurants.

The non-skiing months on the calendar have long been the best-kept secret in mountain towns. But the secret is out. We chatted with SnowOnly, the world’s most efficient platform dedicated to ski properties, on the best new picks to jumpstart your next adventure.


Big event at Crested Butte

Summer in the Mountains: Crested Butte, Colo.

The charming mountain town of the rugged West Elks offers something for everyone.

Summer beers at Winter Park Resort

Summer in the Mountains: Winter Park Resort, Colo.

There's much more to Winter Park than some of the best mountain biking in Colorado.

Summer Gondola Rides at Telluride

Summer Resort Guide: Colorado

Get high in the Centennial State's mountains this summer at these six ski resorts full of year-round fun.

Epic Discovery Ropes Course at Vail Resort

Summer in the Mountains: Vail Ski Resort, Colo.

Thanks to Epic Discovery, there is an endless number of activities in Vail all summer long.

Muck and Mire at Purgatory Resort

Summer in the Mountains: Purgatory Resort, Colo.

This gem of southwestern Colorado shines brightly all year long.

Alpine Coaster at Heavenly, Calif.

Summer in the Mountains: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif.

ATV-assisted zipline courses and year-round tubing at Heavenly will make it easy to please the whole family.

Golfing at Telluride Ski Resort

Summer in the Mountains: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Nestled deep into the San Juan Mountains, Telluride offers a full 365 degrees of awesome in the summer.

Summertime Hikes at Big Bear Resort

Summer in the Mountains: Big Bear Mountain Resort, Calif.

With hiking, biking, self-powered boating and golf, summer at Big Bear is a hot ticket.