Only two resorts in North America offer summer skiing and snowboarding. Thanks to permanent snowfields and glaciers, Timberline Lodge in Oregon and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia are able to run lifts for summer snowsports.
Recreational skiers and snowboarders can access the slopes at Timberline and Whistler for single days or more. The resorts also host summer camps for all abilities and ages, which can boost your skiing and riding skills.
The summer ski lanes on Palmer Snowfield light up in the alpenglow on Mt. Hood. Photo by Junaid Dawud/Flickr.
At Timberline Lodge, the summer ski season runs the longest — May 29 through Sept. 3. Early in summer, skiing is available on the Magic Mile and Palmer Snowfield; later in summer, the snow often melts back to accommodate skiing and riding only on the snowfield. The publicly accessible terrain on the snowfield may be limited to one lane, depending on the number of camps that are scheduled.
Timberline runs day camps and overnight camps during June and July. Camps are available for skiers or snowboarders with focus on freestyle, performance enhancement, family race, or masters. Most of the camps are for three-, five-, or six-day sessions.
New campers who sign up before April 16 can get a discount on the registration fee. Early registration will knock off $100. Lodging is available for campers at Timberline Lodge or nearby in Government Camp. Find information on the Timberline Snow Camps here.
Summer camps at Whistler can boost skill levels. Photo by Dano Pendygrasse. Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler Blackcomb runs a shorter summer ski season on Horstman Glacier. The season runs June 18 to July 24. Single-day lift tickets, multi-day lift tickets, and summer season passes are available.
You can hone your mogul, freestyle, or race skills at Whistler’s summer camps. A variety of camps put on by different companies are available. Find more information here.
Timberline and Whistler may not be the only summer ski and snowboard resorts in the future. The provincial government in British Columbia gave approval in March to the Jumbo Glacier Resort, which would operate year-round lifts for skiing and snowboarding. Jumbo has been in the planning stages for 20 years.