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Before long, the northernmost ski resorts will be opening their doors to the snowy world of skiing and other winter sports. Late summer (and even early fall) is the perfect time for a getaway to one of these resorts. With or without skiing, there are plenty of other resort vacation amenities to enjoy like amazing hikes, great dining, and world-class spas.


Switzerland’s St. Moritz


The average August high in St. Moritz is a cool 65 degrees making it a great place to escape from the summer heat. From this ski resort, you’ll have unforgettable views of the Alps. The art scene is big here. You’ll want to check out Galerie Gmurzynska, a local gallery with rotating art from Gmurzynska’s other gallery in Zurich.


Stowe, Vermont

In Vermont, the Stowe Ski Resort is considered to be the “Ski Capital of East.” Summer here means hot air balloons. Get a thrilling view of the countryside and then come down to earth for a visit to one of the towns craft breweries. Also, sample all the current flavors of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

At the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, you’ll get to see the peaks of Grand Teton National Park. You can also get in a full day at Yellowstone National Park with a guided tour. Whitewater rafting on the Snake River is always fun, and there are nature and wildlife tours. You can also skip the outdoorsy activities and relax with pools, spas, and cocktails at Teton Mountain Lodge and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.


Vail, Colorado


Besides skiing, Vail Ski Resort has zip lining with two miles of zip-lining with aerial bridges among the forest tops. You can also enjoy hiking, tubing and fly fishing. Climb up Mount Harvard and let a llama carry your food and camping gear. Then relax with a spa visit to the Four Seasons Vail to get a 50-minute Swedish massage.


Banff-Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

In winter, you’ll find Canada’s best skiing in Lake Louise’s perennial host Banff National Park. Come summer, the historic town of Banff turns it’s hospitality to delicious food and beverages. The Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar is probably the only distillery you’ll find within a national park. A long hike around Lake Louise gives you a chance to enjoy snow-capped mountain vistas.