Instead of opting for a standard parade and subpar firework show this Fourth of July, get outside and celebrate the good ol' U.S. of A. by cracking a cold one (or three) after taking a few laps on snow and in water.
Here are our top four picks for a little summer skiing and swimming this Independence Day:
Where: Cody, Wyoming
Beartooth Basin might have stopped spinning its lifts six days early this year (closing for Beartooth was scheduled for July 8, but unfortunately lift troubles cut things short on July 2), but that doesn't mean you can't grab your backpack, some rock skis, and hike your way to the top. At 10,900 feet, decent coverage is still available, which might make Beartooth your best bet for making a few turns in the corn. Kick back at Beartooth Lake, just 14 miles down the US-212, to cool off after your hiking efforts.
Where: Idaho Springs, Colorado
This Rocky Mountain gem is located just 45 miles outside of Denver, making it the perfect day trip for Front Rangers who want to rally in the mountains during the day, but still want to make it back to the city for night time festivities. At Saint Mary's, the coverage might be bare and the skiing brisk, but there's nothing quite like making a few turns above a high alpine lake that you can promptly cool off in. Plus, if you're feeling ambitious, there's even cliff jumping.
Where: Timberline Lodge, Oregon
If you're in Oregon, you can get the best of both worlds this Fourth by going for a chilly, yet refreshing dip in the Columbia River after taking a few laps in the sunshine on the Magic Mile chair at Mt. Hood's Timberline Ski Area. Located just shy of an hour and a half away from Portland, this summer skiing standby is the perfect daytrip for Portlanders looking to celebrate outside of the city.
Where: Sandpoint, Idaho
Just 59 miles north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the stoke is still alive at lesser-known (but still awesome) Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Hike to the Chute to Nowhere to find the last turns of summer, then head down into Sandpoint, a 30 minute drive from the resort, to spend the rest of your day drinking on the banks of the Pend Oreille River.