Chasing the Snow – Summer Skiing and Glacier Skiing in Europe

Summer skiing. 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.

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!

This sort of holiday – summer skiing – 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 terrains for mountain biking and hiking available lower down. It’s a great idea for active holidays or folks that want to mix up their activities between the snow and the lower peaks.

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So, here are some of the major summer skiing resorts and (estimated) lift opening dates for each year – they can vary based on climate and weather, but over the years we’ve noticed from the last 10 years are covered the date ranges we’ve added here for summer skiing thus far. Take a look start planning your glacier skiing trip!

 

Tignes Glacier Skiing

End of June/Beginning of July to August each year
There is 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 vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

Ski-Lifts offer private transfers to Tignes from Geneva & all surrounding airports throughout the summer!

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Hintertux Glacier Skiing

From Mid May through to October
Here you will find 60km of varied pistes, the park is still open with a huge superpipe, plus rails and boxes, plus access to some freeride terrain. Hintertux even offers a tour inside the glacier (Nature Ice Palace) with ice chambers and deeper into the caves with stalagmites and stalactites to see.

Prices vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

Reach Hintertux from Innsbruck & other airports with Ski-Lifts this summer!

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Saas Fee Glacier Skiing

End-of-June to mid-September
It is worth a visit simply for the incredible view to be seen from the top of the revolving restaurant. Saas Fee’s Allalin Glacier may be one of the more expensive summer ski stops but the pistes certainly don’t disappoint, neither will the impressive summer snow conditions at a massive 3,600m. During the summer ski season, you’ll see plenty of ski teams race training as the conditions here are second to none. And for the rest of us – the glacier offers 20km of slopes, suitable for all skier and snowboarder levels.

Prices vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

We offer airport transfers all through the summer, that includes to Saas Fee from Sion & other surrounding airports.

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Les Deux Alpes Glacier Skiing

June to the beginning of September
Les Deux Alpes also boasts a height 3,600m and the lifts are open from 7 am 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. The 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 vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made. You can read our guide to summer skiing in Les Deux Alpes too, for more info.

Head over to Les Deux Alpes for summer skiing from Grenoble, Geneva & other surrounding airports.

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Stubai Glacier Skiing

Start of May to the start of July
Stubai in Austria is known for glacier skiing. Stubai has a massive 62km of runs open until 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 playground. It’s a high one – over 3,600km above sea level – but obviously, well worth the trip.

Prices vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

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Zermatt Glacier Skiing

May – November
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 vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

Ski-Lifts provide transfers from Milan Malpensa, Geneva Airport to Zermatt & other surrounding airports to Zermatt throughout the summer.

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Cervinia Glacier Skiing

July to the start of September
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 vary between day passes and multiple day passes with bulk savings usually to be made.

Book your transfer from Turin to Cervinia & other surrounding airports throughout the summer with Ski-Lifts!

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So, as you can see, Europe has an immense set of glaciers to choose from when it comes to chasing the snow for summer skiing.

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 out our previous blog entries and summer pages to see how much you can do!).

And of course, Ski-Lifts are here to get you to any of these places with our transfers throughout the summer.