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WHERE TO SKI IN SUMMER - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Sunday May 7, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

There's no need to pack it all in for summer with options for skiing and snowboarding to suit every budget. Get the lowdown.

For snowsports enthusiasts, the end of the winter season can be a miserable time.

Don't let it be. 

There are so many places to ski: on glaciers in the Alps and Scandinavia, in parts of North America, in the southern hemisphere resorts of Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Argentina. 

And, if you can't find the time or the money for such an adventure, why not head to an indoor or dry slope in the UK to get your fix?

Here's our guide to summer skiing. 

For more detail, including opening dates, hours and prices, visit the websites.


Hintertux glacier in summerHintertux in July














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.

Kaprun - is the smaller neighbour of Zell am See.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier is open at certain times during the summer, as well as the autumn.

It is smaller than some other Austrian glacier ski areas but has a good variety of terrain.

Stubai - has one of the largest glacier ski areas in the world. 

It stays open until at least mid-June then re-opens in the autumn, usually mid-September.

It is only 45 minutes drive from Innsbruck, so is a popular choice for summer skiing.


Saas-Fee summer race trainingSaas-Fee summer race training - photo Photopress















Saas-Fee has a long summer season, usually lasting from mid July to the end of 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.

Zermatt  The Theodul glacier stays open throughout the summer until the beginning of October. 

It has 21km of skiing and snowboarding up to 3883m.

There's the Snowpark Zermatt for freestylers and it is a favourite location 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.


View of Cervinia May 2016Cervinia May 2016 - photo Cervinia Valtournenche Facebook

















Cervinia - skiing on the Plateau Rosa glacier.

The summer ski area is limited but it is linked to Zermatt (see above). 

Open June to September.


Tignes in summer 2016Tignes July 2016 - photo Phil Smith, Snoworks
















Les2Alpes  - Open for a large part of the summer (end of June to the beginning of September) with glacier skiing between 3200m and 3600m. 

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, starting at the end of June.

The cable car that takes you to the very top at 3456m operates for only part of that time. 

Access to the glacier is otherwise by funicular from Tignes Val Claret, which is open every day, weather permitting from early morning to lunchtime. 

There are 20km of pistes and a snowpark.


Stryn, Norway summer 2016Stryn July 2016 - photo Stryn Sommerski Facebook














Galdhøpiggen - in Oppland has a glacial summer ski resort.

It is the highest located ski centre in Scandinavia at 1840m to 2150m.

The season is usually from late May until 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.  (website in Norwegian only).

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.

Folgefonna - the southernmost glacier in Norway, it opens earlier than the two above, with weekend opening from late April/early May and a 7-day operation from mid-May through to the end of the season in September/October.

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.


Timberline Lodge summer 2016Timberline Lodge July 2016 - photo Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Facebook



















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. 

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.


Horstman glacier - at Whistler-Blackcomb is open for about a month in mid-summer for advanced and expert skiers only. 

It has two T-bars and a terrain park. 

The glacier is also the base for a series of ski and snowboard summer camps, some specifically for youngster and some for adults. 


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. 

They include The Remarkables and its sister mountain Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, which is the largest of the ski areas on the South Island, Cardrona and Mount Hutt.

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. 


Perisher, Australia July 2016Perisher July 2016 - photo Perisher Facebook















The major resorts are in New South Wales and Victoria.

Perisher is the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere.

Others include Thredbo, Mount Buller, and Mount Hotham.


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.


Las Leñas 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.   Click here for information about more resorts in Argentina.


Chill Factore indoor snow centreSki in the UK - the Chill Factore indoor snow centre














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 dry slope, at the Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre near Lurgan.

The Ski Club of Great Britain has a full list.

You might not get the all-mountain experience but it is amazing how much you can do on one (or a few) small slopes, including racing and freestyle sessions.

And it's a great way to keep up the ski fitness, or test out those new boots.

Many of Britain's top snowsport athletes started out on artificial slopes and a lot still train on them in the summer. So, if it's good enough for them...

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