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.
LITTLE TAHOMA PEAK: WINTER IN SUMMERLANDLOCATION: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 11, 138 feet
WHEN TO SKI: May-July
USER INFO: There is a $15 entrance fee and a separate pass needed for climbing above 10,000 feet or on any glacier. The entrance fee is paid on site, but the climbing pass can be purchased in advance from the Mount Rainer Park.
MORE INFO: summitpost.org
“Summerland. Any place with a name like that certainly means that skiing is the last thing that should be on your mind, but that shouldn’t be the case. Located in Mount Rainier National Park, snowfields descend from Meany Crest to Summerland even into mid-July. Above there, further snowfields lead to Little Tahoma, an 11,000-foot satellite peak of Mount Rainier. It requires a short scramble to reach to the top, but the views of the Emmons Glacier are striking, not to mention Summerland far below.” – Jason Hummel, Jason Hummel Photography
If you missed out on last week’s Summer Stash (unlikely of course), check it out here.