Chasing the snow – Summer Skiing in Europe
You may think that’s it for Skiing after the winter season ends and fear the price tags for jet setting to Australia, New Zealand or South America may be too much to stomach. Fear not, here is a rundown of the places you can catch some snow closer to home this summer.
You have to go high (over 2500m at least) but glacier skiing is definitely worth a trip, with resorts offering more and more each year. This sort of holiday is great if you missed out on the traditional winter season and the beauty of all of these resorts is that you can combine a summer and a winter holiday, with most offering a package price that gives you access to the whole mountain with other terrain for mountain biking and hiking available lower down.
Here’s some of the major summer skiing resorts and the lift opening dates and liftpass prices for 2015.
Tignes – June 27th to August 9th
There are 20km worth of slopes up on the Grand Motte glacier, they even have a terrain park and around 12 lifts running in the summer, take the funicular train from Val Claret to get access. Or why not try out Acroland on the lake, if you fancy hurtling down a ramp into the icy waters (on your choice of bike, skis or even just your stomach!)
Prices from €36 for a one day pass.
Hintertux – May 9th to October 9th
Here you will find 60km of varied pistes, the park is still open with a huge super pipe, plus rails and boxes, plus access to some freeride terrain. Hintertux even offer a tour inside the glacier (Nature Ice Palace) with ice chambers and deeper into the caves with stalagmites and stalactites to see.
Prices from €41.50 for a one day pass.
Saas Fee – 19th July – 31st October
It is worth a visit simply for the incredible view to be seen from the top of the revolving restaurant. Saas Fees Allalin Glacier may be one of the more expensive summer ski stops but the pistes don’t disappoint, neither will the snow conditions at a massive 3,600m you’ll see plenty of ski teams race training as the conditions here are second to none, the glacier offers 20km of slopes suitable for all levels.
Prices from CHF70 for a one day pass.
Les Deux Alpes – June 20th – August 29th
Les Deux Alpes also boasts a height 3,600m and the lifts are open from 7am till 12.30 to ensure the snow conditions are good. They have 17 lifts open made up mainly of drag lifts and a couple of chair lifts. Terrain is more focused on beginner-intermediate levels with mostly blue runs available however their snow park remains open and it is one of the best.
Prices from €38.50 for a one day pass.
Stubai – May 5th to July 3rd
Stubai has a massive 62km of runs open till July, one of which is 10km long! There is a good range of challenging pistes including one black run and the lift prices are also very reasonable considering the slopes are open all day. A little lower down there is also ice grotto and kids play ground.
Prices from €36.60 for a one day pass.
Zermatt – May 4th – October 18th
Zermatt’s glacier – Theodul reaches 3,883m with 21km of groomed slopes and plenty to do for freestyle skiers and boarders in the Snowpark -which offers a half pipe, boxes and rails. The view of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains is worth the trip and it is also a popular place for ski race training.
Prices from CHF84 for a day pass.
Cervinia – June 27th to September 6th
Breil Cervinia, on the Plateau Rosa Glacier, reaches 3,480 and offers great conditions for summer skiers. It is one of the biggest summer skiing areas as it also grants access to Zermatt’s pistes. The ‘Indianpark’ (freestyle Snowpark) is also considered one of the best parks in the Alps.
Prices from €32 for a day pass.
So, get yourself out to the Alps this summer where you can ride the pistes or park in the mornings, before enjoying an afternoon of alpine activities (and there is a lot to offer, just check our our previous blog entries and summer pages to see how much!). And of course, Ski-Lifts can get you to any of these places with our transfers throughout the summer.