I’ve just spent a picture-perfect day boating on the lake under cloudless blue skies, my face still warm from the bright California sun and my head still full of images of the snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches that our eyes had gorged on throughout the day. We dock the boat at our hotel and I stumble onto the pier, where I discover a friendly bar pouring drinks, filled with gregarious travelers perched in deck chairs waiting for the sunset. I sit down and join them with a freshly poured vodka lemonade in hand. It’s September in Lake Tahoe, and I couldn’t be happier that I’m not here during peak ski season.
While most travelers elect to spend their winters chasing fresh powder in pricey ski resorts from Maine to California, the rest of the year visitors can enjoy the same gorgeous mountain scenery while taking advantage of off-season deals at premier ski resorts across the United States.
Enjoy the gorgeous peaks without the crowds or the peak-season pricing as ski runs melt into hiking trails in these off-season ski towns.