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Chasing Snow – Where To Ski This Summer

Chasing Snow

If you know skiing, you know your season never really has to end. Many of us here at K2 have done back-to-back-to back winters, and the experience is a game changer. Whether you want to lap world class parks, work on your goggle tan while cruising glaciers in the northern hemisphere, or break out the powder snorkel down south, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite locations for chasing snow around the globe in search of an endless winter.

PARKS

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Clayton Villa boosting in Main Park

Mammoth Mountain, USA – Daily through July 4

Mammoth Mountain has had a killer season this year.  All that sun and snow make the Sierra Nevada the place to be.  The features in Mammoth’s parks are well maintained and meticulously shaped, and are sure to be dialed in into early summer.

Perisher, Australia – June 9 – October 10

Perisher is the premier park destination in Australia with seven terrain parks and Australia’s biggest halfpipe.  The park crew have been busy in the workshop building new features to add to the rail fleet, which is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Timberline, USA – Daily through mid-September

Timberline has been a freestyle leader from the start thanks to multiple terrain parks with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy.  Much of Timberline’s terrain is dedicated to freestyle and race camps, but their public park is maintained and should be prime all summer long.

Cardrona, New Zealand – June 10 – Oct 15

Cardrona offers the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities.  From monster pro style features to beginner jumps and boxes, Cardrona’s park is easily one of the best in the southern hemisphere.

POWDER

Face Shots @ TC
Face Shots @ TC

Treble Cone, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Treble Cone is the the largest ski area and has the most vertical drop on the South Island.  With 45% advanced terrain, there’s plenty of steeps and drops to get the legs pumping and the face shots coming.  Not to mention, the view from Treble Cone is all-time.

Mt Hutt, New Zealand – June 9 – October 8

Mt Hutt provides prime conditions for knee deep pow turns with a altitude of close to 7000 ft and an ideal southeast aspect. Located just 30 minutes from the laid back town of Methven, Mt. Hutt’s bowl shape and steep sidewalls caters to advanced skiers.

Ski Portillo, Chile – June 17 – September 30

“The average annual snowfall at Portillo ski resort is about 25 feet. Portillo’s snow storms are typically short and intense, followed by bluebird days when the spectacular vistas can be fully appreciated.  As a result, the quality of the powder is often dry and the riding is unbelievably fantastic.”

Nevados de Chillan, Chile – July 1 – September 24

Nevados de Chillan boasts the most annual average snowfall in South America, and the biggest vertical drop in Chile.  Volcanic eruptions and rivers of lava have left a playground of mounds, bowls, natural half pipes, steep pitches, and drop-offs spread across the resort to get those creative skiing juices pumping.

PARTY

Sunny Squaw days
Sunny Squaw days

Squaw Valley, USA – Daily through July 4

2016/17 at Squaw has been one for the record books. The conditions are going to be prime for summer skiing through the 4th of July, maybe even longer.  If you have never wakeboarded, skied, bbq’d, and watched fireworks all on the same day, now is your chance.  Head to Reno after the on-hill Apres to hit the casinos or explore the up and coming foodie scene.

Zermatt, Switzerland – Daily through mid-November

Zermatt is known all over the world for its mountain parties and summer skiing, and its 50+ bars offer plenty of choice and variety. If you’ve never shredded in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic introduction to the European mountain scene.

Hintertux, Austria – Year Round

Down the road from Hintertux, Mayrhofen offers up one of the best apres ski experiences in Europe.   The atmosphere in the umbrella bars and apres ski pubs are sensational.  The town also has a huge summer draw so there is never a shortage of events to attend.

Queenstown, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the jumping off point for two ski areas, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Fantastic scenery, a lively bar scene, and a host of thrilling outdoor activities combine to make chasing snow for one week or an entire season in Queenstown one you’ll never forget.

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Where the Pros Party – Favorite Closing Day Resorts

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Amie Engerbretson – My favorite place for closing day is hands down Squaw Valley USA! Spring time in Squaw is nothing but fun and sun. The corn snow is awesome and they keep a lot of killer terrain open late. Their pond skim party is second to none, with one of the few pond skim competitions that uses an actual natural pond! The closing party at Le Chamois can’t be beat either. Live bands on the deck with sunshine and dancing is the best! This year–with a huge snowfall in the Sierras–I plan to be skiing the Palisades on the 4th of July!

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Joona Kangas – My favorite springtime/closing day resort is Rikgränsen, Sweden. I like it the most because it’s such a good place to build stuff after they close the resorts in Finland. It’s a legendary place with great vibes.

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Lexi DuPontSun Valley is the absolutely best place to be on closing day! Hundreds of people gather on the top of the resort dressed in wild outfits drinking adult beverages and dancing. Fireworks, music, booze and everyone’s strongest Idaho personalities come out. Everyone waits until the ski patrol forces us down the hill and we all party ski to the base where we dance in our ski boots until the sun goes down!

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Sean Jordan – I would have to say my favorite closing day resort would be Keystone. Everyone flocks to A-51 and they have a pretty laid back atmosphere. Their park is always super fun and there is always a big group of people you know. Looking forward to it again this year!

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Clayton Vila – Mammoth Mountain. When they have a good snow year, the spring is what I live for. It’s the best of both worlds: warm weather, soft snow, and a park just as good as mid-winter.

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*USA and Canada only* Enter to win your choice of K2 Spyne boots (for men) or K2 Spyre boots (for women)! We’re also partnering with our friends at Powderbird to bring you a North Face Thermoball Hoodie and Hestra Fall Line Gloves. Just post your best photo from closing day on Instagram—tag us @k2skis and @powderbirdheliski and use the hashtag #k2seasonender and we’ll choose our favorite! Full contest rules here.