Do you think the only thing to do in the mountains is ski? Think again! People are often surprised at the number of exciting activities offered in the mountains during the summer, because they think of resort towns only as winter destinations. The truth is, anyone who believes this could be missing out. Here are 10 things to do in the mountains during summer to inspire you to get outside while the days are still long.
When the snow melts at the end of ski season, the mountains become an amazing hiking destination. Enjoy the blooming wildflowers on your walk, keep your eyes out for wildlife, and check out incredible views from the summit.
2. Mountain biking
Race down trails carved into the mountainside for another kind of alpine experience, or cruise along a riverfront path for a little relaxing exercise. Most mountains have dedicated trails for mountain bikers, and something for riders at every ability level.
If you’re looking for a thrill, then consider white water rafting in the mountains. Every spring, the rivers roar to life with the snow melt and brave mountain goers fly down rapids above the icy water. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Feel the wind in your hair as you careen up to 25 miles per hour, 50 feet above the ground on a zipline. A lot of mountain resorts have installed ziplines and ropes courses that can be used winter or summer for their adventurous year-round visitors.
5. Fly fishing
Much of the world’s best fly fishing can be found in crystal clear mountain streams. So, string up your rod, pull on your waders, and settle in for a relaxing day on the river.
6. Water sports
When the ice disappears from mountain rivers and lakes, it’s prime time for water sports. Head to the mountains and rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board to spend a day out on the water.
7. Scenic chair lift rides
Even after ski season is over, the chair lift continues to run on many mountains. In fact, you can catch a ride on chair lifts during the summer for a scenic view of the slopes without any cold-weather gear necessary. They take you all the way to the top and drop you off to enjoy the surrounding mountain vistas.
You can spend a morning or afternoon on the green. You might play your best game ever with stunning mountain scenery as your backdrop and crisp air in your lungs.
Pitching a tent, roasting marshmallows on a campfire, star gazing. Camping is one of the most nostalgic summer activities you can do. The mountains offer excellent scenery for a camping trip, as well as a ready supply of firewood to keep you warm on chilly nights.
10. Rock climbing
There’s nothing more natural to do on a mountain that rock climb. If you’re a beginner, you can find introductory classes at some resorts, or in the surrounding towns, that will show you the ropes. If you’re experienced, you can bring your own equipment and enjoy a challenging afternoon on the crag.
Are you feeling inspired to pack the car and head into the hills?