Rocky Mountain High

If you ski or snowboard you may only think of ski resorts only once the snow starts falling but they are great late summer/early fall destinations. For us, its Deer Valley, Utah in the Wasatch mountains but that’s not a song title!

Room rates are a bargain!  Lots of availability translates to discount rates.  Tons of time share condos sit empty during summer and fall offering you family size spaces for budget prices.

Outdoor concerts, parades, festival, markets and fairs. Summer through early September many resorts offer lots of family friendly entertainment.


More for your money.  During ski season spas are booked solid but during the shoulder season, the staff isn’t busy so you are likely to get extra pampering and some extras for free or reduced rates.  My friend spent the whole day there and is still raving about it!

Great weather.  The sun shines most of September so you can catch some late season rays by the pool and you won’t have to fight for chairs.

Lots to do.  Hikes of all levels from tennis shoe trails to geared up mountain hikes.  Mountain biking trails.  Chairlift access to trails or just as a scenic rideZip lines are showing up at many mountain resorts.

There is likely fly-fishing, ATV rentals, kayaking, jet-skiing, tubing and more nearby.

Play golf?  Even the low cost public courses are beautiful and a great way to enjoy the emerging fall color.

Fine dining.  Scoring a prime time reservation at the best restaurants during ski season requires planning months in advance.  Not so in the summer and fall.  Many have patio or rooftop dining options and promotional specials – especially during the week.


Stargaze.  Drive to the highest point you can and watch the sunset.  Bring blankets and lay down to watch the stars come out.  Away from city light pollution you can see the Milky Way without a telescope.

If you like to be active or just want to spa, lounge by the pool and enjoy fine dining – plan an early September trip to your favorite resort mountain.  You may decide to make it an annual event.


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