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Cold-Weather Trips for Hot Months

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Posted on March 14, 2008 in Trip Ideas

If just thinking about the onslaught of July’s sweltering heat makes you sweat, plan ahead for a summer flip-flop: visit a place where hitting the links in the morning and the slopes in the afternoon—in the middle of summer—is par for the course. Sound cool enough? Read about IgoUgo travelers’ favorite chilly hot spots.

1. Whistler, British Columbia
SteveJ says: “Yes, you can ski the glacier during the summer! I'd recommend, however, that you take advantage of Whistler's other great activities, including white-water rafting, kayaking, golfing, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, fly fishing, and spas. There is also an unbelievable terrain park for kids who like to skateboard or rollerblade. Whistler Village is nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and is the closest thing to a European ski village in North America.”

2. Rondane National Park, Norway
unorthodox traveler says: “We had a wonderful summer adventure hiking the Rondane Mountains in Norway—a wilderness of majestic scenery, snow-crested peaks, and glacier-born fjords.”

3. Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
wanderluster says: “We followed our guide up an ice staircase perfectly carved into the glacier, entering a magical world of ice castles and bottomless moats. Brilliant white snow and vivid blue ice created a fantasyland of towering pinnacles, dramatic crevasses, and peculiar puzzling formations with cut-out designs that might disappear tomorrow. Jagged peaks of blue ice dusted with dark gray edges looked like art. We stepped joyously into this world, drank from pools of clear water, and squeezed through long, icy canyons where walls on either side were 10 feet tall.”

4. Portillo, Chile
ovenking says: “If you're into lots of cruisers, off-piste, and steep chutes, then this is a great mountain. And besides, the scenery is to die for. It is one of the most beautiful settings for a mountain I've ever come across. You feel like you're in a different world when you spend that week in Portillo. You lose all sense of time and place.”

5. Innsbruck, Austria
stevepage says: “The Stubai Glacier provides year-round skiing and snowboarding facilities, all easily reached from Innsbruck by public transport. In summer the majority of routes are aimed at experienced skiers, although instructors can be hired (in advance) for either skiing or snowboarding. Local mountain guides lead trips over the glacier to view crevasses and give education on the area.”

6. Columbia Gorge, Oregon
Migin says: “Timberline Lodge, sited at the 6,000-foot level of 11,237-foot Mount Hood, hosts the Northwest’s longest skiing season, 351 days. And the surrounding Mount Hood National Forest offers a variety of other recreation choices.”

7. Iceland
samepenny says: “I considered my travel options, with a Texas summer due to arrive on schedule, and decided to go just about as far north as I could go. I wanted fresh, cool air; the adventure of traveling on a famous explorer-class ship; and the chance to meet new people. And I've been fascinated by the travels of the Vikings since a third-grade teacher told us about Leif Erikson. I wanted to see the area of the world my ancestors called home.”

8. Jasper National Park, Alberta
Idler says: “Remember that high season for Jasper doesn’t actually kick in until late June. Bear in mind that you’ll probably encounter snow at higher elevations; it may be summer back home, but won’t seem like it at 6,000 feet in the Canadian Rockies. Sights, sounds, and smells that are cherished memories of this trip include the majestic snow-capped peak of Mt. Edith Cavell surrounded by luminous clouds at sunset, the call of loons heard out on evening walks along Patricia Lake, and the heady smell of wild rugosa roses that permeated the moist woodlands and meadows virtually everyplace we went.”

9. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
MilwVon says: “The higher/longer trail goes up a bit so that you have the perspective ‘on’ the glacier even though you are roped off from being able to get too close. If you are really industrious and in good shape, there is a longer 7+ mile trail that goes all the way up to the top, approaching the Harding Ice Field. It was on that trail that a momma black bear and her three baby cubs had been observed earlier in the day.”

10. Ushuaia, Argentina
Robert Raymond Ingledew says: “On the way to the glacier you have beautiful views of Ushuaia and of the Beagle Channel, and before you board the chairlift you have a beautiful view of the glacier. Very near here there is a nice tearoom by the side of the stream that comes down from the glacier. This glacier is completely different to the glaciers I knew. It is spread out along the streams that come down from the top, but the view is really fantastic.”

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