Forget an all-inclusive week in Spain or trying to replicate the adrenaline of the mountains with a slip and slide in the garden. As fun as that sounds, it ain’t skiing! Summer is upon us but you don’t have to give up on skiing as a summer holiday option.

Now, we won’t for a second suggest you didn't know summer skiing was possible, but you might think it would cost an arm and a leg, and you’d end up watching the pennies, counting every slice of pizza or après ski drink and not enjoying yourself despite being in the mountains. At Ski Club we want to give the good people of the UK what they want. So here is a list of the best summer ski resorts and how to enjoy them on a budget, written by former Freeride World Tour qualifying snowboarder Angelica Sykes.

What makes a cost-effective summer ski trip? Well, you have to know the insider secrets, how to make your money go further, how to book smartly, where to stay and why that resort is the place for you. So grab a brew, sit back and discover where summer can take you.

Les Deux Alpes, France

Season: June to September
Where To Stay: The People Hostel
Insider Tip: The Glacier Experience Pass gives you access to all the ski lifts and the snowpark on the glacier plus the bike park
Money Saving Secret: A 2-5 day pass gives you access to the swimming pool, luge and tennis

Located in the beautiful Isère region, Les Deux Alpes is a summer skiing paradise. The glacier is open from 7am to 12.30pm every day from the June 22 to August 25 where 12 lifts help you explore the terrain. Les Deux Alpes summer ski area is located on the 120-hectare glacier and ranges from 2,900 metres up to 3,600 metres, making it the largest skiable glacier in Europe. There are also plenty of opportunities to save money. With the resort being so well established, there is the whole host of cheap and cheerful accommodation and various sandwich shops, pizzerias and restaurants to keep you fuelled up. Easyjet flies to Geneva and low-cost flights are available from various UK airports. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review of summer activities in L2A, coming soon!
Les Deux Alps

Tignes, France

Season: June to August
Where To Stay: Chalet Chardons
Insider Tip: Get the train to Bourg Saint Maurice and jump on the bus up to the resort to save time and lower the stress levels of hire car!
Money Saving Secret: Book equipment online with Tignes Spirit Rental and get up to 40% off with Ski Club GB

The Grande Motte glacier in Tignes offers a whopping 20km of piste at 3,000m. Take the funicular then the Grande Motte cable car to the very top of the glacier for spectacular 360 views and don’t forget suncream! The glacier closes at 1pm, which is a perfect time to take your skis off and head down to the water ramps on the lake. How blissful does that sound? You can ski in the morning then have a lakeside picnic with family or friends, followed by a dip in the refreshing water to ease the muscles.


Cervinia, Italy

Season: June to September
Where To Stay: Hotel Breuil
Insider Tip: Fly to Milan and not Turin. Turin is closer but flights to Milan are cheaper.
Money Saving Secret: Public transport is cost-effective, so go from Milan to Chatillion direct on the transfer, then up the mountain on the local bus all for 20 Euros one way

In Cervinia you can ski on the roof of Europe at 3,500m with sensational panoramic views. The glacier has a variety of pistes for all abilities and its high altitude means that skiers and snowboarders can count on well-compacted snow all season. This resort is home to Europe's highest snow park, so there’s plenty of opportunity for high altitude thrill-seeking. Cervinia's glacier is also where the British ski team do summer training. If it’s good enough for downhill ski athletes, it’s good enough for us!

Cervinia

Zermatt, Switzerland

Season: May to November
Where To Stay: The Matterhorn Hostel
Insider Tip: Head over to the Italian side for delicious low-cost lunch
Money Saving Secret: Get 15% ski hire at Skiset with Ski Club GB discount

Skiing in Zermatt in the summer, or indeed in the winter is epic. The iconic Matterhorn provides an incredible background and there is still a buzzing atmosphere in the summer, both on and off the mountain. The resort offers a well-balanced experience from the quality of the skiing to the après ski activities and culture. Being on the border of Italy and with summer skiing on the glacier being split between both countries means you have an exciting cultural mix in the town. You can spend the afternoons walking in the foothills and eating pizza on the Italian side and the glacier skiing is more expansive on the Swiss side, stretching all the way down to Trockner Steg. We would recommend early afternoon après ski on Plateau Rosa, where you can watch the world go by on the border.

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Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Season: June to September
Where To Stay: Wellness Hostel 4000
Insider Tip: Enjoy après ski at Metro Cocktail Bar for the cheapest drinks in Saas-Fee
Money Saving Secret: Save on ski hire by booking online with Skiset and Ski Club GB discount

Enjoy up to five hours of epic skiing on the Saas-Fee glacier from 7am to 12pm. Sass-Fee is home to a world-class terrain park where a team of shapers prepare the features every day. The setup will be adapted to the weather to ensure riders can maximise their use of the features. The resort is in such close proximity to Zermatt too so we recommend you fly to Geneva and get a hire car, then enjoy a few days in both Saas-Fee and Zermatt for the ultimate ski experience. Plus, unlike a lot of European glaciers, Saas-Fee is rarely crowded and has a friendly, laid back vibe, which means you can easily end up lapping the park or slopes with riders you meet on the mountain.

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Val d'Isére, France

Season: June to July
Where To Stay: UCPA Holiday Centre
Insider Tip: Opt for a quick coffee and a croissant at the bottom of the slopes for breakfast to save money
Money Saving Secret: Eat at Le Petit Danois, Flash Pizza and Val Pizza as these restaurants are cheap and cheerful, and you can avoid steep Val D'Isére markups. We also have 10% off in Val Pizza!

Val D'Isére offers summer skiing on the Pissaillas glacier. The snow coverage on the glacier is helped by several snow cannons, and the ski area is served by three ski lifts. The ski passes are vastly cheaper in the summer and even more so when you book online. Slopes are open only in the morning and in the summer the snow gets slushy very quickly, so heading up early will mean you will get the best snow. Why not spend the afternoon hiring their e-bikes and potter around the foothills? The views are outstanding. Our in-depth review from a recent trip to a UCPA centre will give you a feel for the accommodation style. 

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Val d'Isere

Hintertux, Austria

Season: All year round!
Where To Stay: Junser Gasthäusl Hintertux
Insider Tip: Eat Lunch at Tuxer Fernerhaus, it’s friendly on the wallet and an excellent spot for après ski
Money Saving Secret: Fly to Innsbruck and get on the local bus for budget-friendly transfers 

The winter fun never stops in Hintertux where you can enjoy 365 days of skiing! Some other resorts that only open during high season in summer don’t offer competitive summer discounts but Hintertux does, which makes it an excellent choice for the frugal summer skier. The terrain includes 60km of slopes, skiing up to 3,250m and fun for all types for riders from beginners to freestylers. The longest descent is 2km long and takes skiers and snowboarder to the Tuxer Fernerhaus at 2,660m. The best deals can be found by ringing the resort’s reservations line and booking as many add-ons with them as possible, as they can give you a lower collective price. 

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Dachstein, Austria 

Season: All year round
Where To Stay: Hostel Bad Goisern
Insider Tip: Sign up for the Schladming-Dachstein Summercard to save on almost every aspect of your stay from the accommodation to ski pass and restaurants 
Money Saving Secret: Family discount is available

Austria's Dachstein is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a brilliant resort for summer riding. The slopes are impeccably looked after... we are talking perfect corduroy day in, day out. The glacier park is unmissable as well, offering the chance to brush up on your freestyle skills. Up at the top, you can enjoy views of the rugged Dachstein massif or head up to the highest lift for a fantastic panoramic view as far as the eye can see. Other attractions include the Dachstein suspension bridge, 'stairway to nothingness', the Skywalk and the Ice Palace. You also have a wildlife park, which is a great way to spend an afternoon after a morning skiing. If you get the Schladming-Dachstein Summercard, this is all discounted. 

 

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That wraps it up, folks. If you are travel savvy, it helps to do your research and ensure you budget correctly. There is no reason why you can’t have an amazing experience in the mountains this summer. Take the family, go with friends or go alone, getting all the wonderful positive energy from nature 365 days a year.

Have you been summer skiing before? Perhaps we missed your favourite summer ski destination from our list? Either way, let us know, we would LOVE to hear from you. Be sure to tag us on social media as well.