Top 5 Place to go Summer Skiing in The Alps
Across the Alps a number of ski areas offer summer skiing on their thousands of year old glaciers. Some resorts offer park skiing with sun soften ramps and nice soft landings. Other areas offer summer race courses and freeride options. Here is a look at 5 of the best places to put down some summer turns in the Alps.
Open May 10 to October 10, 8.15am to 4.30pm
Ski pass One day €40.50, six days €193.50
The Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only ski resort that is open 365 days of the year. Summer skiing is offered off of nine lifts and extends from an altitude of 3,250m down to 2600m. Located just 90km from Innsbruck Hintertux is arguably the best-known glacier in Europe.
Open Until June 9, and again from June 27 to July 20, 9am to 4.30pm
Ski pass One day €36.50, six days €141, five of seven days €140
The glacier at Kaprun isn’t open all year but runs for most of the summer, only closing for a few weeks after the winter season for maintenance. The ski area during the summer months is smaller than the other european ski options but this “small” summer facility offers up some big skiing. The summer terrain at Kaprun is more aggressive than many resorts winter terrain.
Open June 21 to August 3, 7.30am to 1.15pm
Ski pass One day €34, six consecutive days €169, three non-consecutive days €98
Due to presence of the Grande Motte glacier, Tignes used to offer year-round skiing. However, the glacier has been receding over the last decades and now closes for a few weeks each year. The glacier is usually open from around 7:30am until 1pm; this helps make the most of the snow and also preserve it by closing it in the afternoon. As of 2005 the glacier had shrunk by around 25 vertical metres (80 feet) compared to a 1982 survey. It seems likely that the glacier will eventually be split into two by the rock spurs which are starting to become visible.
Open Zermatt June 21 to October 19/Cervinia June 28 to September 7, approx 8am to 3pm
Ski pass One day 82CHF/€44, six days 323CHF/€192
There is a good range of summer skiing on Zermatt’s glacier; helped partly by the altitude. The skiing starts at over 3800m. The pistes are a mixture of blues and reds and the stunning views alone are a reason to head up there. Geneva, Zurich and Sion are the nearest airports. The trains from Geneva and Zurich are frequent and take roughly four hours.
Saas Fee, Switzerland
Open 19 July to 31 October, 7/8am to12/3pm, depending on the date
Ski pass One day 70CHF, six flexible days 390CHF, three flexible days 209CHF
Summer skiing at Saas Fee kicks off at the beginning of July. The glacier is home to some Warren Smith ski courses and several competitions in their park over the course of the summer. Saas Fee’s close proximity to Zermatt means you can combine a both areas into one trip.