Where to hit the snow this Summer

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:39

The summer can be pretty boring in the UK. We are guaranteed torrential downfalls interspersed with weeks where the slight raise in temperature causes the nation to go as mad as a really angry teacher who has just found some crude graffiti (c&^k and balls) on the back of an exercise book. It can be tempting to spend a pittance going to some trashy clubbing resort in the Mediterranean and losing your sense of self worth for a week, whilst drinking concoctions from a metal 'fishbowl' that resembles a bedpan. But this should be avoided. You can always hit the slopes...

Just because the summer has rolled around in the Alps doesn't mean you have to wrap up your skis and boards until winter. If you know where to go, then summer skiing can still be done across the Alps. You just need to know where to look. Here are some great places to go riding in the warmer months.

France


Tignes
If you like some variety to your terrain, then Le Grand Motte glacier above the resort of Tignes is a great place to head in the summer. It may not be the biggest area of skiable slopes in Europe, but if you get lucky with the conditions it can be ace. Depending on the time of year and the quality of snow, you can have access to blue, red and black runs, and the park is pretty sweet too. Skiiing in the summer tends to begin around the end of June and will run until the end of August.

Les Deux Alpes
The summer park at Les Deux Alpes is one of the best in the Alps and the huge glacier also offers you plenty of awesome skiing. The lifts tend to stay open from June until September so that gives you plenty of time to enjoy the lovely weather whilst still out riding. This resort has some of the highest skiing areas in the world, and during the summer months, it has the largest skiable glacier in Europe. Les Deux Alpes has plenty of marked pistes open in the summer and its 12 lifts make it the Europe’s capital of summer skiing.

Austria


Hintertux
The Hintertux is Austria’s only ski resort where you can ride all year round and the resort can see you reach over 3000 metres above sea level. There plenty of slopes open here in the summer and the world famous Betterpark is also open from April until the end of October, so there really is plenty of skiing to be done in Hintertux during the summer.

Dachstein
Dachstein is one of the most visited destinations in Styria, which is mainly due to the fantastic skiing conditions in this Austrian resort. Flat, northward-facing slopes guarantee ideal snow conditions, even in the hottest months, and at the top of the glacier you are guaranteed one of the most stunning views in the Alps.


Stubai
The largest glacier in Austria is the Stubai Glacier and it is around 20 minutes from the resort of Neustift. It is a huge glacier (obviously) that offers you a huge variety of runs, however, unfortunately there is no snowpark. It is a cracking place to head if you are a fan of carving or racing. Local villages are the only source of accommodation but the proximity of Stubai Glacier to Innsbruck means that this is not really a problem, as long as you have a car!

Switzerland


Zermatt
This wonderful Swiss resort is a great place to go for some summer skiing or boarding. It has the largest and highest summer skiing area in Europe and boasts over 25km of pistes and eight ski lifts, which remain open all summer and one of the main attractions in Zermatt is the superbly engineered Klein Matterhorn cable car which can take you up a sheer mountain face to a lung bursting 3820m.

Saas Fee
Saas Fee is a small town in the neighbouring valley to Zermatt. It is cracking in the winter, but is also extremely popular in the summer thanks to the ace glacier skiing it has to offer. Unlike other resorts the Saas Fee glacier is rarely crowded and is also lovely and laid back. You can end up hanging out with people you have only just met, which is really fun. The park in Saas Fee is pretty epic too, so whatever it is you are into, this awesome little resort really can deliver.

If you know of any other ace places to head for snow in the Alps in the summer, then let us know below...

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