Are you not quite ready to hang up your ski boots? Are you still pining for the fresh mountain air? Fear not! If the five month regular season of most snow ski resorts was not sufficient, we have compiled a list of the top places to ski or snowboard over summer!
1. Hintertux, Austria
The Hintertux glacier in Austria is one of the few glaciers that is open 365 days a year. They boast the steepest lift-serviced glacier skiing in the Alps, and some of the most guaranteed snow! In spring and autumn the rails and kickers in the Betterpark are a big attraction too. Summer skiing at the Hintertux includes 22km (14 miles) of runs accessed by nine lifts. The Hintertux offers a good choice of runs for all levels, but is renowned for its steep, demanding terrain. During summer there are plenty of activities for non-skiers including fantastic hiking and biking trails.
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2. Les Deux Alpes, France
With guaranteed natural snow on a glacier culminating at an altitude of 3,600 metres, Les 2 Alpes is one of the rare ski areas to stay open throughout summer! Summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes runs from 24th June through until 2nd September 2017. During the summer period, there are 17 lifts operating on the 19 hectares of piste. It is known for being the ‘King of the alpine freestyle scene’ due to the vast terrain park. In addition to great skiing, further down the mountain there is a wide range of other activities, including a great mountain biking scene, as well as tennis, swimming, trampolining and e-biking. 2017 will debut the resorts Outdoor Festival (June 22-25) which offers guests the opportunity to try a whole collection of activities from golf to slacklining.
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3. Tignes, France
Tignes does not have as much terrain on offer as Les 2 Alpes, but there’s no shortage of ways to test yourself when you get down off the snow. The My Tignes Open card gives you free access to two outdoor activities a day, with 10% off the rest. The North Face run is very popular and not too steep, but can get a little chilly. The glacier snowpark appeals to freestylers, pros, and amateurs with its half-pipe, rails, moguls, hip ramp, quarter-ramps and rainbow rail. Tignes’ summer ski school runs five-day workshops and hour-long lessons each day. The glacier closes at 1 p.m. which is a perfect time to take your skis down to the water ramps on the lake. Tignes offers a huge array of activities for those who are not skiing, or for your afternoons. These range from a skate park, acroland, team sports to even a water sports centre or white water rafting.
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4. Cervinia, Italy
At 3,500 metres above sea level, you can ski in summer too. Cervinia’s summer season runs from June 28th through until September 28th. The glacier’s high altitude assures well-compacted snow throughout season, with pistes that suit all levels of ability. Europe’s highest snow park is here, where the best downhill skiing teams train. With higher temperatures than winter, the sun kissed slopes, perfect for sunbathing, and the ease with which you can reach Plateau Rosà from Cervinia are all top reasons for spending a holiday in the snow over summer, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Additionally the summer ski area is shared with Zermatt in Switzerland, so you can pop over the border for lunch! Cervinia has a multitude of activities on offer for your afternoons, including an 18-hole golf course with views on the Matterhorn, fantastic hikes and great mountain biking trails.
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5. SAAS FEE Switzerland
The Saas Fee resort is open from mid-July through until late October. The 20 km ski area is well suited for intermediate skiers and riders, but is especially popular with freestylers and race teams. The snowpark has a half-pipe, kickers, rails, boxes and transitions in all shapes and sizes to suit all skill levels. The entire park is tidied up and groomed daily to guarantee top conditions. The chill out-zone is a great place to take a break in between runs, listen to some music on the couches and watch people ride the pipe! Each summer the snowpark hosts the Saas Fee Ride competition, complete with DJs and a barbecue. The British Freeski Camps offer freestyle coaching for all levels. Additionally, the glacier also has a restaurant and sun terrace serving lunch and beers.
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Let us know if you make it to the slopes this summer! If you had your fair share of snow over winter but want to keep up your board training be sure to check out my article on where to wakeboard in the UK this summer!