Top 5 Resorts for Summer Skiing
9th June 2021
Last modified on June 15th, 2021
There are plenty of options in the Alps – if you can get there. Our friends at Maison Sport have produced a guide to five main European glacier resorts for summer skiing.
Les 2 Alpes, France
Head to Les 2 Alpes to find the largest skiable glacier in Europe.
With a summit reaching an altitude of 3,600 metres, the ski area is open every day from 8 am to 12:30 pm giving you plenty of time to get some good runs in before lunch.
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or expert, here you will find 90 hectares of marked runs and a snow park for freestyle skiing or boarding.
For your free afternoons, there are countless activities for everyone. Go for a round of golf at the 9-hole golf course. Even though it is not an18-hole course, it is still challenging due to the natural terrain in which it is set, and you of course benefit from spectacular views.
There is also tennis, horse riding, and biking down one of the mountains that are used for skiing during winter.
Zermatt is not only one of the top destinations for winter skiing, it’s also extremely popular for summer skiing. It’s really an all-year-round skiing destination.
Take the gondola to Klein Matterhorn at an altitude of 3,883 metres and get ready to ski down from the Theodul Glacier.
Zermatt has 21km of summer skiing pistes and a snow park for some freestyle sessions. It is highly recommended to get up there rather early in the morning because as soon as the sun starts warming up, the snow turns to slush.
When you’re done with your early morning in the mountains, your day is far from being over because Zermatt offers activities to fill out all your afternoons.
Fancy a walk? There is a 400km hiking trail network to explore and discover new areas of Zermatt.
The trails are divided according to difficulty.
At the Forest Fun Park you can challenge yourself on an obstacle course with up to 31 ziplines and 95 different obstacles.
Down in the village, there is volleyball, golf, or electric clay pigeon shooting.
Another year-round skiing destination and Austria’s only year-round ski resort, Hintertux has an altitude of 3,250 metres and there are runs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
For summer skiing there are 22 km of slopes which you can access with 9 different lifts.
Hintertux is known for its steep and challenging terrain so it’s a great destination for those seeking a thrill.
A must-see place in Hintertux is Nature’s Ice Palace, a glacial cave system like nothing you have ever experienced.
Inside this cave, the temperature is a constant 0º and you are surrounded by glacial stalactites, ice crystals, frozen waterfalls, and a glacial lake.
Inside the cave, there are different activities to do like paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, and even ice swimming if you dare.
Open from mid-June to late October, Saas-Fee is another popular destination for summer skiing.
The ride to the glacier takes an hour and the slopes open as early as 7:30 am which means if you want to avoid slush and crowds then you will want to be one of the first up there, so get ready for some early mornings.
During summer Saas-Fee has a ski area of 20 km and has a snow park and tubing slope. The area is especially suited for intermediates and is extremely popular with freestylers.
If you want a sport-filled afternoon, you can easily find lessons or facilities for almost any sport you wish to practise.
If you’re looking for something different why not visit a Swiss mountain brewery.
Gletscher Bräu (Glacier Beer) is one of Switzerland’s smallest breweries and now you can go not only for a visit but also take a workshop where you will be taught by the local expert how to brew your own beer and finish the class by trying your own creation.
Definitely a skill worth having.
Passo Stelvio, Italy
Stelvio Pass in Bormio is a historical destination for summer skiing in Italy.
You have access to 20 km of slopes between Stelvio Pass and Monte Cristallino served by 6 ski lifts.
The slopes are all red, except for one blue one and another off-piste track.
In addition to these you will find 2 cross-country skiing tracks.
Stelvio National Park is one of the largest historical national parks in Italy.
With an impressive area of 321,236 acres, it spans over three Italian regions and is home to all kinds of animals and landscapes.
In town you can visit one of the wine cellars in the area, attend an evening concert hosted in the historical centre, explore art exhibitions, or just spend the afternoons and evenings exploring and living the real Passo Stelvio experience.
With this guide you have everything to get you started on your summer skiing destinations.
All that’s left to do is grab your skis and light winter jacket and head for the mountains.
It’s definitely a great warm-up for the winter season 21/22 especially if you didn’t get a chance to go skiing last year.
On the other hand, if you’re waiting until this winter to go skiing then start thinking about the perfect instructor for your vacations.
We are excited to see bookings coming in already for next season and we can tell you it’s going to be a good one.
The Maison Sport Instructors are waiting for you…