As warm spring temperatures melt the snow in the Northern California mountains, ski resorts are switching gears from waterproof jackets and snow plows to dirt brims and concert venues.
Winters have become much more volatile in recent years, forcing ski resorts to ramp up their summer activities in order to generate new revenues when the winters are bleak. Many mountains have offered mountain biking for years, but now they are using their beautiful landscape to expand to hiking and music festival destinations.
Squaw Valley Resort in North Lake Tahoe will most likely be the last ski resort to close down its ski runs this season (May 28) and typically opens up its hiking trails immediately after. The resort has a vast network of activities for everyone, including disc gold, slacklines and their Olympic Museum.
Mt. Shasta Ski Park will once again offer its mountain biking program and scenic chairlift rides this summer, opening on June 2nd. Their schedule is also jam-packed with cool events throughout the year.
South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Resort is well-known for its scenic gondola ride with an amazing view of Lake Tahoe. The resort also has ziplines, coaster courses, climbing walls and an always lively village with countless activities and entertainment.
Northstar at Tahoe is another resort that offers a litany of summer activities, including a world-renown mountain biking park, a skating rink in the village and a beautiful golf course.
As the NorCal winters continue to be more unpredictable, look for ski resorts to become more involved in the summer months, with amazing views, warm temperatures and live music. Because sometimes you just have to make the best of the situation.