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.
Top Mountain Adventures for Every Season
From inbounds to out of bounds, we've got something for you.
Out of Bounds: The only thing better than skiing deep powder is skiing deep powder with just a few of your friends. That’s the driving philosophy behind the growth of cat skiing, where a small group of skiers and riders pile into a snowcat, leave the lift lines far behind and head up a mountainside to cut fresh tracks all the way down. Again and again. And unlike helicopters, snowcats don’t have down days. Cat skiing is becoming available in many of North America’s ski towns, with some top operations working out of Aspen, Park City, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Snowbird, and Whistler, to name just a few.
In Bounds: Consider it Hollywood on ice. The annual Sundance Film Festival, co-founded by Robert Redford in 1985, brings in upwards of 40,000 people to the town of Park City each January, with thousands of films screened over 10 days at more than a dozen venues. It’s the largest independent film festival in the U.S., and just might be the hottest ticket sold in sight of a ski lift each winter. Insider tip: Exit the screening rooms for a day and hit the local resorts. Film-festival patrons take over Park City, leaving the slopes empty.