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There's nothing quite like waking up in the wild, wiping sleep from your eyes and shaking off the sickly, sweet smell of last night's campfire. You pull on your boots, stumble out of camp, and head straight to the hill to shred that sweet, sweet summer slush. Normally this scene only happens when you poach a summer camp— but not this season. Thanks to the winning hand dealt by Mother Nature, there's still plenty of snow at several resorts, and they're spinning their lifts for as long as possible. Now all you need to do is gather your gear, load your car with a cooler and camp stuff, and point it to one of these zones that are still open for summer boarding.
Here's our round-up of places you can ride right now, along with info on where you can camp nearby.
Timberline Lodge Ski Area–Mt. Hood, OR ($68/day)
Open til- TBD
Maybe you've been to summer camp at Hood, so you know the drill of what it's like to stay in the dorms and cabins in Govy. But have you ever actually camped at Hood? If you haven't, you're seriously missing out. There's so many incredible zones that offer insane views, laid back vibes and easy access to the lifts. A favorite place to post up is the Trillium Lake Campground. It's approximately two miles east from Hood and there's dozens of sites available. Alpine Campground is also a good go-to if you're looking for a tent-only zone. It has 16 campsites that are first-come, first-serve, and is located only a mile from Timberline Lodge.
Bonus: No uptight Sprinter-van elitists allowed.
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort—Bend, OR ($29/day)
Reopening for July 2-4th
For a special Fourth of July weekend, Mount Bachelor will reopen for summer shredding from July 2-July 4th. With over 600" of snow received this year, they still have a solid base, so the summer boarding is sure to be all-time. Camp-wise, there's loads of areas located on your way from Bend to Bachelor, but we recommend car-camping up at the lot. Bachelor offers nightly RV permits for $20 bucks a night, which allows you access to a spot in the West Village parking lot. This is perfect for your crew if you have access to an RV or an adventuremobile; but a truck with a blow-up mattress in the back would work fine.
Bonus: Low-key camp vibes will have you up and at ’em, ready for first chair.
Beartooth Basin – Highway 212, WY ($45/day)
Open til 7/2
For the first time in over two years, this summer-only zone finally has enough snow and is back open. As one of the oldest summer shred operations in the country (it opened in 1960), Beartooth Basin is located near the Wyoming/Montana border and offers big mountain riding accessed by two Poma lifts. The riding is as wild as the camping, so get ready for a true rustic, Montana/Wyoming adventure. Spots are easily found right off Beartooth Highway, the 68-mile National Scenic Byway that spans from Red Lodge, Montana to Yellowstone National Park's Northeast entrance. Though camping is permitted up the pass, we recommend pitching your tent down a little closer to town of Red Lodge. Spots are scattered, so they're perfect for you to get buck in Montana's wild.
Bonus: Most campsites are free and fire-friendly.
Copper Mountain Resort –Summit County, CO ($28/day)
Open til 10/1
If you're itching to get your jib on and dial-in new tricks, then head up to Copper for their public hike sessions in the Big Island Park. Hosted every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from now until October 1, Copper has this zone open for the public. While you can't camp right at Copper, there are plenty of places to pitch a tent and set up a sweet zone less than ten miles away. For a full service campground, check out the Peak One Campsite located on the Dillion Reservoir right outside of the quaint town of Frisco, CO. There's over 75 sites you can book and they all offer views of the surrounding Ten Mile Range. This campsite has running water, flushing toilets, and trash collection. It's rustic, but still has basic amenities– so no need to dig a hole for your doo.
Bonus: Minutes away from the Frisco Bike Park. Bring your bike for multi-sport shred days.
Mammoth Mountain—Mammoth Lakes, CA ($89/day)
Open til- TBD
Summer riding at Mammoth is in full effect and the resort is planning to stay open through August or longer, as snow permits. Currently, conditions are prime and you can still ride off the summit, then pop into the Main Park. Though it's the middle of June, the season has no signs of slowing. To makes things even sweeter, there's numerous camping spots in any direction you go from the resort. We could go on and on about the bounty of spots of where you can pitch a tent, but an easy go-to is the Twin Lakes Campsite. This zone has spacious sites, rad views and a cozy vibe. There's also $5 dollar showers if you're into rinsing after riding; but we recommend heading to one of the numerous hot springs around the area for a sunset soak.
Bonus: So many camp zones, possibilities are endless.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort—Lake Tahoe, CA ($69/day)
Open Saturday and Sunday – Closing TBD
As if the Lake Tahoe area needed any more activities, now you might be able to ride Squaw all summer long. The resort, located minutes away from Tahoe City and Truckee, is planning to spin its lifts for as long possible, maybe even until next season's flakes fly. Squaw still has plenty of snow, including a snake run and full-fledged park, and it’s open for shredding on the weekends. The camping options around Lake Tahoe are abundant, but sites fill up fast with families and weekenders. For a low-key option that's close to the lake with easy access to the hill, check out the William Kent Campground. It’s across the street from the beach, has all the necessary amenities and there’s plenty of sites to plop down on.
Bonus: Shred all morning, and hang by the lake at night.
*There's obviously plenty of other camp options at all these areas, so seek out your own favorite. Let us know where you end up in the comments and maybe we’ll roll through with a cooler of cold ones.