12 Ski Towns That Are Just as Cool to Visit in the Summertime
Forget après ski. These mountain towns are even better après winter — perfect for travelers who are over the beach and prefer to vacation at a higher altitude than sea level. From hiking in Aspen to fly fishing in Jackson Hole, horseback riding in Vail to backpacking in Park City, we’ve rounded up the most idyllic ski towns to visit in the warmer months. We’ve also included international destinations — who says the Swiss Alps are best enjoyed on skis?
Aspen, Colorado:celebrity hangout come Christmastime: Kate Hudson and Mariah Carey stroll the streets in oversize furs holding even more oversize lattes. But the popularity means things can get packed; skip the scene and head to Aspen in the summer to experience the town while it’s less crowded. Hike the mountain trails, explore the iconic saloons, and luxuriate in the best of the West.
Banff, Calgary, Canada:backpacking with a friend or two to capture the most breathtaking selfies nature has to offer.
The Swiss Alps should already be on your, so why wait until winter to witness the iconic Matterhorn? If you’re looking for five-star indulgence (and top-notch culture), stay in the Dolder Grand: This art-filled hotel is almost better than visiting a museum. Peruse the Warhols and contemplate how forward-thinking he was: In today’s reality TV- and social media-obsessed culture, everyone is famous for at least 15 minutes.
4. St. Moritz, Switzerland: Maximize your overseas trip by hopping on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Remember to show up on time: Unlike the endless delays at Penn Station, the Swiss are exceedingly prompt. If the train leaves without you, you won’t get to ski on the glaciers (yes, even in the summer) and sail upon the perfectly blue mountain lakes of this gorgeous town.