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The Best Ski Resorts For Your Non-Winter Adventure

CHERILEIGH CO

photo credit: @savglas

Summer’s just around the corner, but the warmer weather and melted snow doesn’t mean ski resorts are closed for the season. There are still many adventures waiting for any type of traveller. Here’s what you can do on your next weekend getaway at the resort:

 

For the Thrill Seeker

Blue Mountain, Ontario

Grab your road trip partner and head north to the Blue Mountains, which is just under three hours outside of Toronto. Start the day with the ridge runner, a personal rollercoaster that you drive through a 1 km course at up to 42 km/h. Glide along and tour the foliage for only $16 a ride.

Head inside the Blue Mountain Village for a spa day at IWA, where they specialize in Ganban-yoku (which translates to “rock board bath”), an Indonesian treatment that involves lying down on a warm volcanic rock bed that soothes muscles, eliminates toxins and accelerates metabolism.

Finish off the weekend with a lit club night at Smash, located right in the heart of the Village. Knock back a couple of drinks, dance the night away on their glowing dancefloor and ditch beer pong for actual ping pong.

Where to stay: Check out the Village’s warm, rustic Grand Georgian or Mosaic which has interior access to IWA Spa.

 

For the Tree Hugger

Whistler Blackcomb, BC

We’ve heard it before—West Coast is the best coast for nature lovers. Head to Whistler—which is only a three-hour drive from the Vancouver airport—and explore British Columbia like you’ve never seen it before, with a 360-degree experience on the Guinness World Record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Starting in May, the gondola spans over two mountains, across hiking trails and breathtaking views. Explore the snow walls until June—you can even embrace your inner Jon Snow by climbing over them. During the summer months, breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the Whistler summit, wildflowers and glaciers.

Where to stay: Keep close to the Peak 2 Peak gondola pick-up point and choose to stay at the Blackcomb Lodge, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler or The Listel Hotel. Pro tip: You can save up to 40 per cent off if you book your Whistler summer vacation by May 31.

 

For the Outdoor Wanderer

Sunshine Village, Banff, Alberta

Surround yourself with the Canadian Rocky Mountains 7,000 feet above the ground at Sunshine Village. Prepare to be awestruck and soak in the view of three high-alpine lakes: Laryx, Grizzly and Rock Isle.

In the Sunshine Meadows, catch wildflowers blooming around late July and early August where you can roam all over the 12 km hiking trails winding around waterfalls. Pack a lunch and wander around the valley to find that perfect picnic spot. You can also ride a chairlift to catch the beautiful scenery in the Banff and Lake Louise area.

Where to stay: Be on top of the world at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, which has easy access to hiking trails outside your front door.

 

For the Aquaphile

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Life’s beachy at Mont Tremblant during the summer heat, and there are also plenty of ways to cool down and enjoy what Lac Tremblant has to offer. Chill on the beach all day long for only $16, or test the waters with activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, wake-surfing and canoeing.

Boat rentals are available for fishing, or just to cruise around and enjoy swimming surrounded by mountains and forest. Swap your winter gear for a pair of water skis or a wakeboard to catch a few gnarly waves for 30 minutes at $129.

Where to stay: There are plenty of options to stay by the lake: check out Hôtel Quintessence, Ermitage du Lac or Marriott Residence Inn.

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