There’s no need to hang up your skis or snowboard just because the winter season has come to an end. Glacier ski areas, generally found at heights of above 2,500m, benefit from low temperatures and are home to smooth suns in the morning. While they are usually more company than their winter equivalents they tend to offer a good range of slopes for all levels.
Although there is unlikely to be any fresh powder, resorts tend to accommodate with a wide range of kickers, rails and pipes for all levels: providing a great alternative to staying on the slopes.
Here are a trio of our favourite summer ski locations:
Home to the Horstman Glacier, Whistler’s Blackcomb Mountain has long attracted a range of seasoned pros and amateurs alike. Horstman is home to a number of challenging jumps, bars and half-pipes, which should satisfy the wishes of every thrill seeker. Away from the slopes patrons can enjoy activities ranging from downhill biking and golf to hiking and bear watching. The latter is particularly recommended, with a population of over sixty bears in the local vicinity.
Tignes is home to 20km of slopes on the Grande Motte glacier and a terrain park, all of which is served by 12 lifts, the longest of which reaches heights of 3,456m. As well as skiing, Tignes has a host of activities, from mountain biking to tennis, all of which are provided at no extra cost with the purchase of the Sportignes ski-card.
Hintertux is Austria’s only all-year round ski area and offers over 60km of slopes. However, these varied runs are far from the only attraction. In Betterpark, Hintertux boasts 120m of superpipes, boxes, rails and table tops, with enough variety to suit all skill levels. Hintertux is also home to Nature Ice Palace, a deep cave filled with stalagmites, stalactites and crystals, and, for the adrenaline seeker, 800km of mountain bike trails in the Ziller Valley.