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09 June 2017

Top 5 Summer Ski Destinations

Winter isn't the only time to go skiing as the content team find out here...

Season to season changes in the mountains are much more noticeable than here in the UK. The vast white blanket of snow that covers jagged peaks and valley floors alike shrinks and retreats to only the highest plateaus. Travelling along the valley floor in the summer heat you would be forgiven for dismissing the idea of skiing in the warmest months of the year when there are only tiny patches of white sat atop only the very tallest peaks. But, where there is a will there is a way…

The content team pick out five of their favourite resorts to help you get on snow, this summer.

Les 2 Alpes, France

Learn Alpine Skills in the Alps

Open 23rd June – 2nd September

Les 2 Alpes has long been a winter haunt for British skiers and snowboarders, however the high altitude extensive glacier attracts snow lovers from around the Europe in warmer months. With race camps in the early morning, the 3,600m glacier is a favourite with gate dodging cat-suit crowd and the extensive park complete with Olympic sized superpipe attracts the world’s best freestylers. It’s an Olympic year, so keep your eyes peeled for many of the world’s best honing their skills.

It’s not just skiing on offer here either.  Nestled on a high-altitude plateau, the lively town is a hub of activity. A ski pass in L2A will grant you access to several local activities including the swimming pool, driving range, luge and archery. Lift access to extensive mountain biking and hiking networks is also included in the price of a pass.

Great for: Dependable mid-summer riding for all abilities

Les 2 Alpes was added to the Ski Club’s Instructor Led Guiding service in the 16/17 season. To find out more about this winter service please click here.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Learn Alpine Skills in the UK

Open: 24th April – 24th November

The Zermatt glacier is a year-round attraction with 23km of perfectly groomed runs. Snow retention and quality isn’t a problem here as the glacier tops out at 3,883m above sea level, keeping the pistes pristine. The glacier also hosts the highest snowpark in Europe atop the Plateau Rosa. Views are never an issue here thanks to the presence of one of the Alps most recognisable peaks, the Matterhorn.

Accessible all summer long from Zermatt, the glacier can also be reached from its Italian neighbour, Cervinia, during the midsummer months. If the extensive area doesn’t provide you with enough thrills, a week’s ski pass will also give access to mountain biking and walking trails.

Great for: One of the longest summer ski seasons in the Alps in the shadow of one of the world’s most iconic peaks

Ski Club Leaders are placed in Zermatt throughout the winter season - find out more here, or alternatively join our Zermatt Facebook group.

Stubai, Austria

Mountain Goats

Open: Up to 18th June and from mid-September

Located just a short drive away from a popular gateway to the mountains, Innsbruck, Austria’s largest glacier resort is definitely not one to be missed. Where many resorts will close in late April to early May, Stubai keeps its lifts spinning well into June only closing briefly to reopen in Suptember should you want to catch some Indian summer turns.
Perfectly groomed and varying pistes coupled with a world class park make this a great destination for any type of rider – if you’re lucky you might even get some powder! The stunning area is also a mecca for hillwalkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The jewel in the crown of this resort in Tirol is the 360-degree panoramic viewpoint at over 3200m above sea level.
Stubai’s proximity to lively Innsbruck’s transport links make this resort one of the most accessible in the Alps. If skiing all the way through summer in Austria is a must for you then check out Hintertux Glacier, another (if not quite as extensive) resort open through the midsummer months.
Great for: A cheeky trip away when all the other resorts have closed for spring.

Ski Club TV headed to Stubai as part of the 7 in 7 Series last season!

The Remarkables, New Zealand

Classic

Open: 18th June to 25th September

One thing you will hard pressed to find in the norther hemisphere over summer is powder. For that you have to head a little further afield - ok a little more than a little. If you choose to endure the long-haul flight you will be rewarded with a powder paradise. New Zealand is renowned for it’s remarkable (sorry, couldn’t resist) backcountry. Take a guide to really make the most of this extensive range or if you are feeling flush, swap the chairlift for a helicopter. In bounds the resort hosts one of the most extensive snowparks in the southern hemisphere, definitely worth a look!

Staying in the adventure capital of New Zealand, the lakeside town of Queenstown (only 45 minutes’ drive away), allows you to not only explore other nearby ski fields like Coronet Peak but to immerse yourself in a scene far removed from its European counterparts.

Great For: Powder hunters when the snow has stopped falling in the north.

Read about skiing in New Zealand in Elevation, the Ski Club’s summer magazine here.

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, UK

Climb Europes Tallest Peak

Open: All year round!

You don’t have to travel to a faraway glacier to make use of your waxed planks this summer – in fact you only need to venture a few miles outside the M25. Indoor snowdomes, like The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, provide fresh snow every day of the year and guarantee 100% visibility whatever the weather.

Skiing is varied with a constantly shifting setup. Every week the shaping team will construct a progressive park with features of different levels, and every week it is levelled out by the single piste basher, to revert the slope from freestyle playground to corduroy dreamland.

Great for: Proximity to you and getting some practice in before heading to higher altitudes and bigger terrain.

For more information on skiing in the UK, consult the UK skiing section on our website.

It’s not just in the UK that you can find these monster fridges can be found, they’re all over the world! Check out the newest, and biggest indoor ski facility in Harbin, China which opens later this year.

For more information about on any resorts head to the resorts section on our websire and check out our snow reports for up to date conditions from resorts all over the world.

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