Skiing in summer, what a good idea, why wait for the arrival of winter to go skiing, that’s far too long!We have listed for you the glaciers in Europe that will allow you to continue to make the most of those sliding sensations and to relax sunbathing in the afternoons. We also suggest some Summer Camps, there’s still time to sign-up and discover a new experience.
You’ll experience skiing differently. Days begin earlier, often as early as 7 o’clock and your gliding session will end at 1 pm, so you’ll have the whole afternoon to go about other pursuits.
An array of different activities can be proposed to you depending on the resorts: swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding…
Having said that, don’t forget to rest, skiing in the summer can be especially tiring for the body due to the altitude, and variations in temperature between the resort and the glacier, which are more significant than in winter.
It’s on the Kleine Matterhorn glacier, the Petit Cervin, surrounded by an impressive 38 summits of more than 4,000 metres, including Cervin and Mont Rose, that you will be able to glide down more than a 1,000-metre descent, or take advantage of the Snow Park.
• Saas Fee
This summer make the most of 20 kilometres of slopes and the freestyle park on the Allalin glacier. The freestyle park was specifically designed to suit advanced skill levels. There you’ll find a training area that includes, among other things, a line of kickers with tables measuring from 16 to 25 metres. The park does however include an area for beginners, who can practice their jips and jumps. For those who want to take a break, the resort also provides a Chill-Out Area for basking in the sun.
Opening dates: from 14th July to 9th September (from 7 am to 12 pm), then from 10th to 23rd September (deform 7:30 am to 1 pm).
Additional information: saas-fee.ch
Summer Camps: If you would like to be accompanied by a ski champion erikaskicamp.com
• Les Deux Alpes
At the expansive summer ski domain, between 3,600 and 2,600 metres of altitude with 40 kilometres-worth of skiing divided among eight slopes (2 red, 4 blue, 2 green). Beginner or advanced you’ll find what you’re looking for. There’s even a slope reserved for beginners. The domain also provides a freestyle zone, with a snow park, a half-pipe and a super-pipe.
Opening dates: The glacier is open from 23rd June to 26th August 2018 and the Bike Park is open from 23rd June to 1st September 2018.
The resort awaits you under the peaks of the Vanoise, with 20 kilometres of pistes between 3,500 and 3,000 metres of altitude and a snow park. As far as the views are concerned, while catching those summer rays on your break, you’ll be thoroughly spoiled. The sun loungers at the Panoramic restaurant look out over the Italian slopes of the Mont-Blanc.
From 23rd to 29th June 2018, open from 7:15 am to 1 pm.
The funicular cable-car, the Vanoise ski-lift, the Rosolin ski-tow and the Panoramic restaurant will be open.
From 30th June to 5th August 2018, open from 7:15 am to 1 pm.
The funicular cable-car, the Vanoise ski-lift, the Rosolin ski-tow, Champagny, Termignon, the Corniche rope-tow and the snow park rope-tow will be open.
Summer Camps: gfs-tignes.com
The GFS Summer Camp is the ideal opportunity to meet new people in a warm atmosphere where other enthusiasts interact, campers, pro-riders or even instructors. The objective is to enable campers to progress in an environment dedicated to their practiced sport, alongside the various riders invited each week.
• Val d’Isère
Heading towards the Pisaillas glacier with the Cascade ski-lift and the ski-tow of Montets that will be open from 7 am to 12 pm. The Iseran pass will only be accessible from the Val d’Isère side. You’ll be able to enjoy 17 kilometres of skiing spread over 7 marked pistes at an altitude that climbs from 2,725 to 3,300 metres.
Opening dates: from 3rd June to 13th July 2018*, from 7 am to 12 pm. (* subject to the conditions of snowfall.)
Tariffs: €28 per day. The 6-day pass entitles you to supplementary activities.
Additional information: valdisere.com
ESF also provides skiing lessons during the summer
The Mattis courses: stages-mattis.com
The resort features 5.5 kilometres of pistes and is linked to the resort of Zermatt, which could extend your itinerary. It’s on both the Italian and Swiss slopes of the Plateau Rosà glacier where you’ll be able to make the most of the pleasures of sliding. The ski domain is situated at 3,480 metres of altitude and locals boast of “white and silver snow just like in the winter”, we’ll leave it to you to verify!
Here’s a short video to summarise what your summer ski holidays could be.
Opening dates: from 29th June to 9th September 2018
Additional information: cervinia.it
Located on the glaciers of Stelvio, not far from Bormio, the resort offers 20 kilometres of slopes from May to November. The peak of the ski domain is 3,450 metres high and you can also benefit from the snow park. This resort is particularly well known for being a training camp for international ski teams.
Opening dates: May to November
Additional information: passostelvio.com
• Hintertux (Austria)
The glacier of Hintertuxer Gletscher, is the only Austrian ski domain that’s open all year round! You can ski throughout the summer at 3,200 m of altitude and take advantage of about 60 kilometres of well-prepared and always snowy pistes. In summer, 18 kilometres of pistes are open, accessible via eight ski-lifts.
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