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We’re all used to the idea of skiing during the European winter and then having to wait 9 months or so before we can go skiing again. Most of us imagine that the only way to go skiing during the summer is to venture down to the southern hemisphere, to New Zealand, Australia or some of the South American resorts.
Not many of us appreciate that it is possible to go summer skiing in Europe, with the glaciers at resorts such as Tignes and Les Deux Alpes being high enough to have snow through the summer months as well as the winter.
Tignes Glacier rises from 2700m to 3600m and boasts 20km of ski runs, 12 lifts, 750m of vertical drop, a snow park and an ice grotto not to mention having breathtaking views. From its summit of 3656m, the Grand Motte glacier dominates the surrounding area.
The glacier is open during the summer months from around 7.15am to 1.30pm,allowing freestylers to practice in the snowpark, or watch the professionals complete their summer training. For the beginners amongst us the soft summer snow is ideal.
Les 2 Alpes has one of the highest ski areas in the world, from 2800 to 3600 metres (11 800 ft), and is the largest skiable glacier (90 hectares) in Europe.
Open for Summer skiing and snowboarding from 7.15am to 12.30pm, Les Deux Alpes is very much Europe’s capital of summer skiing with a significant area of marked pistes, an 800m vertical descent, 16 ski lifts, a purpose built “snowpark” with half pipes, jumps, and organised courses available.
It offers a total Summer ski area bigger and better than many small winter resorts. With a variety of runs in a relaxed summer atmosphere, summer skiing is for everyone from complete beginners to more expert skiers or boarders looking to enjoy something different. You can even mix with professional snowboarders who come from all over the Europe for training.
Summer skiing is done in the morning until lunchtime leaving the rest of the day for more traditional summer activities in Les Deux Alpes.
Download Summer Skiing maps for Tignes and Les Deux Alpes here:
Austria’s only year round ski area offers 60km of varied pistes. There’s also the Betterpark with 120m superpipe, boxes, table tops and rails with lines for all levels.
Inside the glacier is the Nature Ice Palace with ice chambers filled with crystals to explore (from €8 for a tour), and under that is a deep cave into which the resort runs daily tours with a guide around its stalagmites and stalagtites (€12). Add adrenalin with mountain biking, ice climbing and hiking. There’s also a kids’ playground with tubing and a bob run at 3,250m.
In summer the lofty 3,600m Allalin glacier, accessed via cable car and funicular train, boasts 20km of pistes and two lines of kickers in the freestyle park, plus a hip jump, rails, boxes and superpipe.
There’s revolving restaurant and ice grotto at the top, and the Chill Out Zone at the park’s base, with its music and couches, is a comfy gallery for getting inspiration from the pros. Other organised activities in the resort range from aerial trekking through the forest to wine tasting.
As an add on you can buy a Saaspass for CHF4 a day to enjoy unlimited travel on all cable cars (bar the Metro Alpin), plus a range of discounts, including on accommodation, ski passes of more than two days and in mountain restaurants.
If full days on the slopes are what you’re after, this is the place. Austria’s largest glacier slopes, with 1,450 hectares of slopes, 62km of groomed runs (one of which is 10km long) and 26 lifts, are open continuously from late September to early July, the last two months counting as springtime, when the pass price drops.
The three in six days pass price above is the discounted one you get with a Super Stubai guest card, free from participating accommodation, and also giving free public transport and access to swimming pools.
Up on the slopes there’s a mix of runs from green to black and the large Moreboards Stubai Zoo terrain parks has easy, medium and pro lines. There’s also a viewing platform that extends out over the slopes, an ice grotto, children’s playground at 2,900m with a zipline and, above the Goldener Gams restaurant at 2,620m, a new après venue, the Schneekristal Pavilion, with a roof that opens in good weather.
Zermatt and Cervinia share a ski area including glaciers that enable skiing every day of the year from the Zermatt side. From June to September a total of 26.5km of runs on red and blue slopes in the shadow of the Matterhorn is accessible from Cervinia too.
The Gravity Park on Plateau Rosà is the highest in Europe and offers features for all levels, including a halfpipe, kickers, rails and boxes.
At the top of the ski area there’s the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise for close up of views of the classic mountain, a recently renovated restaurant serving Swiss and Italian specialities, free snow tubing and the Glacier Palace – for 8CHF take a lift 15m down inside the glacier, check out ice sculptures, try out an ice slide and finish by squeezing through a crevasse.
If you buy a lift pass for more than three days on the Zermatt side, it includes local biking lifts as well as the ski area. In Cervina one day mountain bike passes start at €19 a day, depending on the area covered.
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