In the winter around 5 p.m. in mountain towns across America, lifts shut down, people clear off of the slopes, and the cats groom the runs. In the past, skiers would call it a day and go to après or hit up the hot tub. However, many ski areas have begun lighting sections of their mountain in order to offer night skiing: a fun and adventurous way to get back out there and send it from a different perspective. We believe that everyone should try night skiing at least once, and we want you to make the right choice when you pull the trigger. So, without further ado, here are our top 3 night skiing destinations:
Ski After Sunset: Shred Til Midnight at Mt. Hood Skibowl
Why end your ski day at 4 o’clock? Mt. Hood Ski Bowl boasts the largest night skiing area in the country, with runs open from 3 to 11 p.m. so you can watch the sun set and then ski under the starry night sky for hours after the rest of the mountain has been closed.
Light Up the Slopes: Steamboat's Night Ski Party
Who said that night skiing had to be dark? In Steamboat, you can cruise down easy and intermediate runs, using state-of-the-art Ultra Tech™ Lighting to guide your way. Be sure to stop in for a drink at the bar of the nationally recognized Truffle Pig afterward.
Crotched Mountain After Dark: The Ultimate Après-Ski Playground
As they say, you can sleep when you're dead. At least, that is what the goers of Crotched Mountain’s Midnight Madness believe. Every Friday and Saturday in the winter, this resort is open for night owls from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the party doesn’t stop on the hill: you can hit up live music, bonfires and dance parties at the base.