Yes. You heard it right. Snowbird will be open through July 4 this year.
It should be summer but just about every mountain peak in the west is still showing off its luxurious winter coat. Those sick of snow are moaning big time but like that's going to melt things. When in Rome and Rome's still covered with white stuff, you might as well ski... even if it's the middle of July.
But riding in 60-degree weather isn't all that if you can't figure out the dress code. Take note of these products to avoid feeling sticky, hot and burned to a crisp.
If you only remember one thing as you blaze down pooltable-smooth corn, let it be SPF. The high altitude summer sun reflecting off snow will cook you faster than a McDonald's French frier. You're going to feel oily enough in the heat so use Becca Mineral SPF 30 to protect your face, neck and back of your hands (one chairlift ride without your gloves and you'll know why). The lightweight, oil-free cream protects against UVA/UVB rays while hydrating your skin and fighting free radicals. Reapply often.
The temptation in the spring and summer is to wear less, ski naked. Don't do it. Not only is the sight of your lily white post-winter skin unsettling but it's no fun leaving parts of it on the run as you tumble to a stop. Avoid road rash by wearing breathable, stink-free layers. You won't need much; just a short sleeve Sports Science top under a Core Concepts Carve Full Zip jacket. The Dri-release fabric of the former feels like cotton against your skin but will keep you cool when its hot. The supple, vented jacket moves without the usual swish and stiffness of other soft shells yet it's windproof, water resistant and plenty breathable.
Inbounds or out, carry a pack
We don't need to explain why you should have a pack when touring but inbounds in the summer means dehydration if you're not careful. Most of the facilities will have shut down so you might not find the drink you're looking for when you need it. The Camelbak M.U.L.E and L.U.X.E. are small enough not to get in the way but the 3L bladder will see you through the slush.
Protect Your Peepers
Goggles will be too hot for your face. Make sure you have a pair of super lightweight Switch Vision Boreal sunglasses. Change out the lens with the flick of your thumb so you're ready for any lighting.