It’s July. You’re fighting the realization that winter is over. You’re probably mountain biking, twiddling your thumbs, questioning if it’s smart to watch a ski movie to gear up for next year. The Xs are already on the calendar counting down the days. But if you’re strong willed and work for it, you can find skiing all year round (without blowing you savings on a ski trip to South America). “While nearly every ski option takes effort in the summer months, it’s that effort that drives the appeal,” says Jason Hummel, who traversed the Cascades in 16 days last June without hitting rock.
Here’s the latest installment of A Diehard’s Guide to Skiing All Year. All summer long we’ll be sharing the next destination to add to your list of summertime snow stashes.
FLATTOP MOUNTAIN: ANCHORAGE’S CLOSEST PLAYGROUND
LOCATION: Chugach Mountains, Anchorage, Alaska
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3,510 feet
CLOSEST COMMUNITY: 30 minutes from Anchorage
WHEN TO SKI: May-July
USER INFO: Bike recommended for trailhead road
MORE INFO: Flattop Mountain Trail Guide
“Good chute skiing until July if you have a creative mind. Glen Alps trailhead from outside Anchorage is where to go. I would bike the trailhead road—it can be a long walk.”—Joe Stock, owner of Joe Stock LLC.
If you missed out on last week’s Summer Stash (unlikely of course), check it out here.