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Hiking in or around ski areas in the summer

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Had a great hike today at Solitude. Started out hiking up the slopes to the top of the highest lift (Summit). From there we climbed up Fantasy Ridge (easier in summer with more foot and hand holds and no skis on your back) and then traversed across the ridgeline of Honeycomb Cliffs. From there hiked over to Davenport Hill and then back on down to Big Cottonwood Canyon down Silver Fork Canyon. Finally back up to Solitude. The wild flowers were really starting to show their colors and the hike was fantastic. Taking a look at the chutes we've skied in winter without 20-30 feet of snow was really illuminating and remembering the boulder my son always takes a hit on or sidestepping up a steep trail only enhanced the experience.

This is a route we've essentially done in winter using the Solitude lifts, climbing with skis on our backs, and skinning up the slopes.

Anyone else hike in or around familiar ski areas and ski lines? We've done it a few times and always find it a special treat.
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Making use of a ski lift is a fabulous no-pain way to gain elevation! We often go up to Whistler, Grouse Mountain, Sun Peaks, Silver Star etc in summer. The smaller resorts have fabulous off-season accomodation deals. While others pay $200/nt for a dumpy beach hotel room, we get a luxury 1 br suite on the hill for about $100. Down-hill mountain biking offered by many resorts looks like a panic, and I'll put it on my list of things to try one day.
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Every summer. I enjoy seeing my favorite places when not covered in snow. Also, Albion Basin up in Little Cottonwood Canyon has some of the best wild flowers I have ever seen, they should be just coming into bloom fully in a week or so. Plust, this is a great way to scout new lines for the upcoming season. I've got 3 new shots from last weekend I am really looking forward to! You might recognize some of these pics from you winter exploits:

Cecret Lake, below Devil's Castle (Alta)

Supreme Chair (Alta)

Ran into this guy on our way back down from the lake.
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I’ve done lots of hiking around ski resorts in WV, VT, CO, and Eastern Europe. It’s nice to survey a potential resort in the summer on foot. It gives you a decent feel for the terrain. You also see where real and ephemeral streams are, as well as other hazards such as rocks, roots, etc. That can save you from a lot of trouble on a bad snow day.

Ski lifts can also give a person excellent access to back country trails. My home mountain, Timberline in WV, offers great lift served access to the Dolly Sods National Wilderness. A day hiker can see a lot more of the Sods if he or she eliminates the first 1,000 feet of climbing by taking the lift to the top of the mountain. Surveying the backcountry in the summer is also a good idea in preparation for cold weather forays into those zones.
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I frequently take a friends on horse back to tour ski areas in the summer. MOst people are amazed at how much steeper things are when you have to go up them in summer. Though we haven;t seen any moose we usually see deer and elk.
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We have two old ski areas here in Vegas. The slopes above and around lead to invigorating terrain replete with springs, wildlife and scenery that is buff.
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Being that my cabin in on the ski slopes the trails are a regular hike for me in the summer months (well, all year for that fact).

I took this picture around the first of June from the northern side of Hyak with Alpental in the far distance.
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