7 Ski Resorts Worth Visiting in the Off-Season Photo by: Whistler Blackcomb

7 Ski Resorts Worth Visiting in the Off-Season

Many people would scoff at the idea of visiting a ski resort during any time of the year other than winter. What could there possibly be to do then? Well, the answer is tons! From shopping, to dining, to entertainment and even summer sports, there are countless ski resorts that deserve your time and attention before the snow even falls. Many will even offer special deals during their ‘off peak’ season meaning you can score a great deal for less. Here are 7 of our favorites to visit in Canada and the United States:

7. Whiteface Mountain, New York

The site of the 1980 Winter Olympics is undoubtedly a hot ski destination, but by no means shuts down outside of ski season. In fact, Whiteface is a veritable outdoor playground all year round. In addition to touring the Winter Olympic Museum, visitors can take in and experience a number of winter Olympic sports firsthand- even in the heat of July. Careen down the bobsled track (from the midpoint of the track, complete with driver and brakeman). Become a biathlete (minus skiing on the snow, of course). Instructors simulate the experience of biathlon racing by substituting other cardio-intensive, more seasonally appropriate activities. Take a glass elevator to the top of the ski jump. You can take a ride up the Gondola ski lift to get a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. There is, of course mountain biking (27 different trails) and hiking as well.

6. Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Towering Mt. Tremblant is the geographical anchor of the Laurentians, and transitions seamlessly through the seasons as a multi-sport, multi-season destination. There is nothing quite as refreshing as a spring-fed mountain lake, and Mt. Tremblant’s beach and tennis club take good advantage of this. Families can thrill together, riding down the luge run on three-wheeled cars. Mt. Tremblant is a major golf destination in Quebec, with private clubs and two of the best-designed public courses in the entire province. Pint-sized golfers (and their parents) will enjoy the challenging mini-golf course. This mountain too offers rides up the gondola ski lift, which provides a unique view overlooking the Laurentian mountain chain below.

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