SUM­MER ON THE MOUN­TAIN

A long week­end (or a day trip!) to a ski resort can be even more fun af­ter the snow melts. We’ve got 12 you’ll want to check out!

FamilyFun - - CONTENTS - BY CATHER­INE PARKER

There’s still a ton to do when there’s no snow!

THERE’S A FA­VORITE SAY­ING IN THE MOUN­TAINS:

Peo­ple come for the win­ter but stay for the sum­mer.

Hit­ting the snowy slopes is a blast, but the options for out­door play in the warmer months truly can’t be beat. Hik­ing trails are lined with wild­flow­ers, the river rapids are rolling, and the stars shine like noth­ing you’ve seen be­fore. Plus, moun­tain re­sorts up na­ture’s ante with adren­a­line-pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like zip lines, moun­tain-bik­ing trails, wa­ter parks, and more.

Find all the ex­cite­ment kids crave at th­ese 12 fa­vorite moun­tain re­sorts. Just don’t for­get to pack your sense of ad­ven­ture!

JACK­SON HOLE MOUN­TAIN RESORT Wy­oming

At the resort’s Grand Ad­ven­ture Park, kids can fly up to 24 feet in the air at the Bungee Tram­po­line, tra­verse wob­bling logs and bal­ance beams on the Ropes course, or free-fall off the Drop Tower. This all sits just 1 mile away from Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park and about an hour from Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park, which should be on your travel bucket list too. Rooms for four start at $249 a night; jack­son­holenet.com.

MAM­MOTH MOUN­TAIN Cal­i­for­nia

This South­ern Cal­i­for­ni­ans’ hot spot lets kids as young as 6 ride at the coun­try’s pre­mier bike park, which has 3,500 acres and more than 80 miles of sin­gle-track trails com­plete with jumps, berms, and drops. Get started at the Dis­cov­ery Zone, which fea­tures be­gin­ner ter­rain and is de­signed to make pro­gres­sion easy. For those who pre­fer a slower pace, take the gon­dola to the top of the peak and ex­plore six on-moun­tain na­ture learn­ing sta­tions. Con­dos for four start at $199 a night; mam­moth­moun­tain.com.

PARK CITY Utah

The resort’s Canyons Vil­lage is the cen­ter for moun­tain bik­ing. Ride the Red Pine Gon­dola to ex­plore trails for all lev­els. Or en­roll your crew in the week­long Youth Rides, open to kids as young as 5 pro­vided they can ride a two-wheeler. You’ll also want to hit up the resort’s Ad­ven­ture Zone for a mile-long alpine coaster, the Fly­ing Ea­gle Zip Line, and more. Rooms start at $156; parkc­i­ty­moun­tain.com.

SMUG­GLERS’ NOTCH Ver­mont

There’s one thing that gets kids psyched for va­ca­tion like noth­ing else: swim­ming! And “Smuggs” of­fers wa­ter fun in spades. The Moun­tain­side Wa­ter Play­ground has a 300foot Gi­ant Rapid River Ride, Notchville Park chal­lenges kids to scam­per across a lily­pad in­stal­la­tion with­out fall­ing in, and the Court­side Pool has an aqua-vol­ley­ball court. You’ll also want to take a shut­tle to Boot­leg­gers’ Basin so big kids ages 13 and older can try out a Fly­board, in which a board with wa­ter jets pro­pels those who dare sev­eral feet above the wa­ter! Or hike up to the Rum Run­ners’ Hide­away reser­voir for some laid-back pic­nick­ing and wa­ter sports. Con­dos start at $200 a night; smuggs.com.

SNOWSHOE MOUN­TAIN RESORT West Vir­ginia

Snowshoe is four hours and a world away from Washington, D.C. Here, the com­pe­ti­tion isn’t about pol­i­tics but wa­ter sports. Take the Ball­hooter Lift to Shaver’s Lake. Then let the kids loose to ca­noe, kayak, stand-up pad­dle­board, or test their skills on the float­ing chal­lenge course. Kids will also love Camp Wild­cat, where they can moun­tain bike and try archery. Rent a condo for $177 a night at Al­legheny Springs; snow­shoemtn.com.

SQUAW VALLEY SKI RESORT Cal­i­for­nia

Hop onto the Aerial Tram for the ten-minute ride up the moun­tain while sur­rounded by the beauty of Lake Ta­hoe and the High Sier­ras. Once you’re there, head over to High Camp and take a spin around the out­door roller rink. (There’s also a moun­tain­top pool and a hot tub to splash around in.) When you’re back down in the vil­lage, try the ropes course with its two cir­cuit cour­ses, eight bridges, and seven zip lines up

to 50 feet off the ground.

Wheee! One-bed­room suites with a sleeper sofa start at $210 a night; squawalpine.com.

SUGARLOAF MOUN­TAIN RESORT Maine

First stop: the Out­post Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter in the resort’s base vil­lage, where you can grab all the info (and rentals) you’ll need. The zip-line tour is a must-do—it takes you over a scenic brook and along the path of the area’s orig­i­nal gon­dola. You’ll also want to book a spot on the weekly Moose Sa­fari, where a nat­u­ral­ist guide will help you spot the shy Maine moose hid­ing among the ev­er­greens. Rooms in the lodge with two queen beds start at $195 a night; sugarloaf.com.

TEL­LURIDE RESORT Colorado

Here, ad­ven­ture is all about the trans­porta­tion. It starts be­fore you ever get to the resort, driv­ing the Mil­lion Dol­lar High­way, an S-curved scenic drive south from Grand Junc­tion (and the only route into town). It con­tin­ues when you get to Tel­luride, where you can jump onto a se­ries of free gon­dola rides from the his­toric down­town to the moun­tain­top resort. Then it revs up with a 4x4 Jeep tour with a pro­fes­sional driver. Bump and bounce over the rocky road to sum­mit a 14,000foot moun­tain­top. A ju­nior suite starts at $202 per night; tel­lurideskire­sort.com.

TIMBERLINE Ore­gon

Some fam­i­lies want the white stuff in sum­mer, so head to this Mount Hood resort that’s open for ski­ing and board­ing year­round. There’s even enough snow for a sum­mer ter­rain park! Or bet­ter, sign up for Fam­ily Race Camp to work on gate train­ing for the Slalom. For a dif­fer­ent kind of thrill, stay at the iconic Timberline Lodge. It was built in the

1930s and served as the

movie back­drop for The Shin­ing. (Creepy!) Fam­ily rooms for five start at $295 a night; tim­ber­linelodge.com.

VAIL RESORT Colorado

The adren­a­line rush starts at Vail’s Epic Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter. There’s the For­est Flyer moun­tain coaster that screams 3,400 feet down the moun­tain, the speedy 550-foot-long Ea­gles Nest wa­ter-tub­ing hill (and its lit­tle brother, the Mar­mot Mini tub­ing hill), zip lines, a ropes course, a bungee tram­po­line, a climb­ing wall, and more—all ac­ces­si­ble via the Ea­gle Bahn Gon­dola. A lodge room with two queen beds starts at $185; vail.com.

WHITEFACE MOUN­TAIN RESORT New York

Lake Placid is home to two for­mer Win­ter Olympic Games, so buy an Olympic Site Pass­port ($35) to tour all the lo­ca­tions and—if you’re lucky—catch a glimpse of some up-and-com­ing ath­letes train­ing. Then let the kids get their own Olympic­style com­pe­ti­tion go­ing at the Ad­ven­ture Zone’s se­ries of in­flat­a­bles and slides. Suites start at $304 a night at Whiteface Lodge; whiteface.com.

WHITEFISH MOUN­TAIN RESORT Mon­tana

For fam­i­lies with younger kids, Whitefish Moun­tain is the place to be! Over the last few years, they’ve added Strider Bike Park, which of­fers a dirt-bike­like ex­pe­ri­ence, all done on bal­ance bikes, as well as the Spi­der Mon­key Moun­tain, where kids ages 4 and older can clam­ber through rope webs and then sail down a two-story slide. Plus, they’re de­but­ing sum­mer tub­ing this year. All the while, the older sib­lings can check out the Aerial Ad­ven­ture Park. A room for four starts at around $229 a night; ski­white­fish.com.

Kids can scale a ropes course in Park City, UT.

Split time be­tween sum­mer ski­ing and hik­ing at Mount Hood, OR.

Squaw Valley’s High Camp sits at an el­e­va­tion of 8,200 feet.

Snowshoe Moun­tain’s kids’ club of­fers a wild ride.

Tel­luride, CO, has one of the state’s high­est peaks.

Soar above the for­est on the zi­pline tour in Vail, CO.

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