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Where Can I Ski In Summer?

25 Jun, 2024 by Investors In Property

For most people, summer marks the end of the ski season and the countdown to winter fun and games starts all over again – but this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, many people actually prefer to ski in summer! The empty lifts, private (so it feels) slopes, pristine and silent surroundings and breathtaking glaciers await you. Summer skiing in the Alps combines the thrill of winter sports with the warmth and beauty of summer to create a remarkable experience. Wrap up warmly and ski in the morning before sunbathing and jumping in a lake in the evening! Here are our top resorts for summer skiing.

Tignes, France

As one of the world’s most famous ski resorts, it is just as well that it opens in summer too. Skiing can be enjoyed up until early August thanks to its striking Grande Motte glacier. The glacier's early opening hours (7am – 13:00pm) mean you can carve through fresh snow in the morning before the afternoon sun takes over and summer is felt once again. From as high up as 3450m, skiers have the luxury of racing down 20km of slopes with almost no one else passing them on their way down. However, it’s not just the skiers that take advantage of these early morning lifts, professional guides are available to take those who dare on a hiking/climbing tour of La Grande Motte. The juxtaposed views of ice and meadows are truly breathtaking images that will remain forever in your mind.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Taking the prestigious title as the highest and largest ski area for summer skiing in Europe, Zermatt should be visited by every avid skier. From an altitude of 3883m, the Theodul Glacier is welcoming for all levels and abilities of skier and even offers a summer snow park for the freestylers! Although, timing is key and the earlier you go, the better the ski and the better the crowd. International athletes from over 20 different countries come specifically to Zermatt to train for the winter, so who knows, perhaps you’ll be skiing down with your favourite Olympian! As well as the 21km of slopes, Zermatt offers an iconic view of the Matterhorn against a bright blue and clear summer’s sky.

Hintertux, Austria

Of course, we couldn’t write this article without mentioning Hintertux – one of the few resorts offering a 365-day ski season. Hintertux is snow-sure, steep, and easily accessible. The reliability of a fantastic summer ski brings back loyal visitors each year as well as fortunate newcomers who have yet to discover the 20km of piste. Last summer the glacier had more than the expected snow above its glacier, and this year conditions should be just as favourable for some exciting skiing.

The glacier doesn’t just cater to skiers though; take a wander through Nature's Ice Palace, a stunning ice cave within the glacier. Book a guide and be mesmerised by the frozen waterfalls and crystal-clear ice formations. For those who prefer dry land, the area boasts scenic hiking trails and exhilarating mountain biking routes. Hintertux also features a thermal spa, perfect for relaxing after an active day.
Saas Fee, Switzerland

One of our favorite resorts for summer skiing (and winter too!) is Saas Fee. The Allalin Glacier provides 20 kilometers of steep slopes to race down in the warm summer months. But don’t be fooled by the sun and the village heat—make sure to wear lots of layers up the mountain, as the temperatures drop significantly at higher altitudes.

Saas Fee is known as the summer practice ground for the world’s top ski teams, meaning that the slopes are often filled with famous athletes perfecting their skills. Some people venture up to the glacier just to spot these celebrity skiers, and we don’t blame them!

This season will see the ninth Stomping Ground hit Saas Fee as elite athletes and brands such as Red Bull make the most of the perfect snowy grounds. The Stomping Ground is an annual event that transforms the glacier into a freestyle skiing and snowboarding paradise, featuring jumps, rails, and half-pipes.

Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is another popular summer skiing spot. With 9 open runs and 20km of slopes, the glacier provides exhilarating skiing for all levels. The opening dates and duration may depend on the snow conditions each year, however even if it closes mid-summer, the spectacular experience is still worth the short visit.

The ‘Top of Salzburg’ viewing point at a breathtaking 3029m will gift you with the most extraordinary views and should definitely be on your summer checklist!

The Ice Arena is also open in summer for those who wish to enjoy the snow but perhaps not ski. Here you can toboggan the day away in the fresh snow with your friends and family before heading back down to the lush greenery!

Les Deux Alpes, France

The other best resort in France for summer skiing is Les Deux Alpes at a grand height of 3600m. Known for its lively atmosphere and dramatic views, Les Deux Alpes will have you wanting to stay there all summer. The slopes are great for beginner skiers who want to try out glacier skiing with less steep/scary slopes than other resorts in the Alpes. The summer piste offers one red run, one green and nine blues making it a summer paradise for intermediates and families.

The famous snowpark also attracts snow fanatics each year as it features a snow pipe, air bag and endless fun for both snowboarders and skiers alike.

If you’re heading to the Alps this summer, ensure to let us know and we will be there to meet you, set up viewings or to provide you with general advice on the Alps!