Gone are the days when ski areas shuttered their lifts in April and said goodbye to guests until the following Thanksgiving. With world-class golf, lift-served mountain biking, hiking, rafting and fishing, mountain resorts burn all summer.
Summer at Shanty Creek passes with silky elegance. The resort's three villages-Summit, Schuss and Cedar River-are surrounded by deep woods, rolling fairways and sun-kissed lakes, soothing respites atop peaks that overlook northern Michigan's Jordan Rive
Tucked in the mountains of south-central West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers world-class whitewater, 125 miles of mountain bike trails and championship golf. But that's not all you'll find at this four-season, high-country playground.
The top of Sunday River is the perfect place to check out Maine's ancient, stunning green forests or catch a view of 6,288-foot Mount Washington, N.H., New England's highest peak. Once you've had your fill of vistas, head downhill.
For more than 60 years, skiers have known about the winter wonderland Tremblant offers. Now imagine this mountain haven when the snow melts and the 360-degree summit view surrounds you with endless trees, lakes and rivers.
During the summer, Mammoth is to mountain biking what Mt. Everest is to climbing: There is no equal. The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park provides more than 70 miles of singletrack through the spectacular Eastern Sierra Mountains.
Steamboat has built its reputation around the image of cowboys riding through flank-deep snow, but summer is the best time to sample the area's ranching heritage. That's when the ProRodeo is in full-swing and pickups outnumber SUVs on Main Street.