Resorts across Europe are beginning to open their lifts, some of them for the first in months, to allow summer skiing for both professional and recreational skiing alike. Here are some of the resort highlights opening up in the next couple of weeks alongside those already well into their summer season!
With an extensive lift system linking over the high glaciers to La Grave, it is no surprise that Les Deux Alpes has some of the most expansive summer skiing terrain in Europe. Their summer lift network opened on 29 May, and offers skiing each morning from 8:00am to 12:30pm.
The Pisaillas Glacier atop Val d’Isere is opening from this weekend, 12 June, until 29 August. Skiing will be available from 0730 to 12pm, but given the more limited size of Val d’Isere’s glacier access is limited to 600 skiers, booked at least two days in advance.
Switzerland ahs been one of the few locations to keep its pistes open all winter, meaning the transition to summer skiing on Zermatt’s high glaciers is already well underway. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area operates year round, with “summer” skiing continuing until the end of October.
Not far from Zermatt, Saas Fee’s high glacier and restaurants are opening from 12 June, along with a resumption of the PostBus to the Mattmark Reservoir opening up the whole valley for summer activities.
Some of the Alps’s highest skiing offers brilliant snow surety throughout the summer, often hosting the first World Cup events of the year in Autumn. The summer season at Sölden opens on Friday 11 June.
The Hintertux Glacier offers some of Europe’s only year-round skiing. A good selection of lifts serves all-day skiing in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, and is already open for the summer.
Stryn in Northern Norway has almost all its lifts open for the summer season already. It holds an impressive snow record throughout the summer, including some of Europe’s only reliable summer off piste skiing.