HOW TO GO SUMMER SKIING
2nd May 2019 | Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Last modified on May 14th, 2020
Don’t despair. It doesn’t have to be over. There are plenty of places to ski this summer for all budgets.
There are options across the globe.
Glaciers in the Alps, Scandinavia, North America.
The southern hemisphere resorts of Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.
And if you can’t find the time or the money for a big adventure, why not head to an indoor or dry slope close to home to get your fix?
Here’s our 2019 guide to summer skiing.
Visit the resort websites for more details, including the hours of operation and any changes to opening and closing dates, which are subject to snow conditions.
Hintertux – At the top end of the Zillertal valley in the Austrian Tirol, the Hintertux glacier markets itself as the country’s only year-round snowsports resort, offering all-day skiing and snowboarding 365 days of the year.
In summer there are up to 18km of slopes.
The longest descent is 2km.
The freestyle park stays open until early June and re-opens in September. www.hintertuxergletscher.at
The PlanetSKI editor reports that was in spectacularly good condition in early May.
Like many resorts Hintertux is storing snow for the summer.
James Cove explains how it works:
Kaprun – is the smaller neighbour of Zell am See.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun is open at certain times during the summer, as well as the autumn.
In 2019, the winter season doesn’t end until 2nd June, then it reopens on 29th June until 21st July.
It is smaller than some other Austrian glacier ski areas but has a good variety of terrain. www.kitzsteinhorn.at
Stubai – has one of the largest glacier ski areas in the world.
It is due to stay open until 10th June this year, then re-open in the autumn, usually around mid-September.
It is only 45 minutes drive from Innsbruck, so is a popular choice for summer skiing. www.stubaier-gletscher.co
Saas-Fee has a long summer season, usually lasting from mid July to the end of October.
The 2019 dates have been announced as 13th July to 31st October.
The skiing is on 20km of runs accessed by three lifts up to 3600m on the Allalin glacier.
The Mittelallalin freestyle park is big and has all the usual features, including a superpipe.
Race training camps are run on fixed dates in the summer which means the park area closes to the public. www.saas-fee.ch
Zermatt The Theodul glacier stays open through the whole summer and until the beginning of October.
It has 21km of skiing and snowboarding up to 3883m.
It’s the largest and highest summer ski area in Europe.
There’s the Snowpark Zermatt for freestylers and it’s a favourite for many national ski snowboard teams who come here each summer for park, moguls and race training.
It is linked to the Italian side of the Matterhorn and the Plateau Rosa glacier above Cervinia, which opens for a shorter period than Zermatt during the summer. www.zermatt.ch
Cervinia – skiing is on the Plateau Rosa glacier at 3500 metres.
The summer ski area is limited but it is linked to Zermatt (see above).
It is due to open from 29th June to 8th September. www.cervinia.it
PlanetSKI partner The Warren Smith Ski Academy runs 5-day summer courses here.
Look out for all the details and dates for 2019 on the WSSA website.
Les2Alpes – Open for much of the summer with glacier skiing between 2900m and 3600m.
The 2019 dates are 22nd June to 25th August.
A good location for summer freestylers.
There’s a superpipe, airbag and numerous park features over a big area.
If you don’t want to hit the rails and jumps, there are 11 runs (one red, nine blue, one green).
Tignes – The resort opens for summer skiing – all of it above 3000m – on the Grande Motte glacier for a six-week period.
The 2019 dates are 22nd June to 4th August.
This summer, skiers and snowboarders will be able to travel up on the viewing platform on the roof of the cable car (at an extra cost).
It takes you up to the very top at 3456m.
Access from the resort is by funicular from Tignes Val Claret, then a chair and drag lifts which are open every day, weather permitting, from early morning to lunchtime.
There are 20km of pistes and a snowpark.
PlanetSKI partner, Snoworks, run 5-day summer technical courses on the Tignes glacier for skiers capable of red and black runs.
For dates and prices, see the Snoworks website.
Galdhøpiggen – in Oppland has a glacial summer ski resort.
It is the highest located ski centre in Scandinavia at 1840m to 2150m.
This season it opened on 9th May and will continue until 27th October.
It only has one T-bar lift with one slope for downhill which is approximately 1.5km long and with 300m of vertical.
Off-piste glacier skiing with a guide is possible at the Styggebreen glacier.
Stryn – The Stryn Summer Ski Centre is 1065 metres above sea level on the Tystigbreen glacier.
It is inaccessible in the winter and usually opens throughout June and July.
Its planned opening in 2019 is on 29th May.
Folgefonna – the southernmost glacier in Norway, it opens earlier than the two above, with weekend opening from late April and a 7-day operation from mid-May through to the end of the season in September/October.
It will begin its 7-day operation on 19th May 2019.
The slopes are open all day. It has terrain parks, a race slope and four other downhill runs (two red, one blue and one green), plus cross-country trails.
Mount Hood, Oregon – Timberline Lodge & Ski Area welcomes Olympic athletes, up and coming racers and freestylers to Palmer Snowfield between the months of June and September.
It usually opens on 1st June but this year conditions are said to be good enough to open early.
Much of the terrain is reserved by various camps and organisations but some areas are kept open to the public on the south slopes of Mount Hood.
Alaska – If you have lots of disposable income and a sense of adventure, Alaska offers some fantastic summer heli-skiing opportunities and not just for experts.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is just one of them.
You can combine your heli-skiing with fly-fishing.
Horstman glacier – at Whistler-Blackcomb is open for about a month in mid-summer for advanced and expert skiers only.
The 2019 dates are scheduled to be 8th June to 14th July.
It has two T-bars and a terrain park.
The winter season in the southern hemisphere runs from June to October.
There is a lot to choose from on both the North and South Island in New Zealand, which is a popular summer training location for Great Britain’s Park and Pipe team.
The best known resorts on the South Island are close to the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka.
On the North Island, there are fewer ski areas, but one is the biggest in the whole of New Zealand.
Mount Ruapehu with its resorts Whakapapa and Turoa have 1000 hectares of patrolled terrain.
Our editor, James Cove skied most of the resorts on his 2018 road trip down under.
And if you go to NZ, it would be rude to explore the country outside the ski fields….
And this is a great way to get around….
The major resorts are in New South Wales and Victoria and, like in New Zealand, the season runs from June to October.
Perisher is the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere.
Last season was a good one. A very good one.
PlanetSKI hit the resorts of Perisher, Mount Buller & Thredbo at the end of the 2018 season:
Portillo has a good range of slopes and is used by many national teams for their summer training.
Valle Nevado doesn’t offer as much advanced terrain but it has a very good snow record and backcountry.
There are many other ski areas in southern Chile.
They include Nevados de Chillán, Corralco, Los Arenales, Las Araucarias, Antuco, Antillanca and Pucón.
Las Lenas is probably the most famous and the most northerly of the Argentine resorts known for its steep and deep terrain, one of the best places in the southern hemisphere for extensive off-piste.
It’s remote – 400km from Mendoza.
ARTIFICIAL OR INDOOR SNOW SLOPES
There are more than 60 slopes in England, Scotland and Wales.
Most are dry slopes but there are six real snow centres too.
Northern Ireland has only one outdoor artificial snow slope, at the Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre near Lurgan.
It’s a great way to keep up the ski fitness, or test out your new boots.
Or how about combining a summer holiday somewhere hot with some skiing?
You could head to the desert….