For them skiing enthusiasts who just can not get enough of the white stuff, the end of the ski season in large parts of Europe does not necessarily end the opportunities to get out on the slopes. For those who want to ski in the summer, below are some of the best ski resorts for the season, many of which have snow all year round.
Kaprun Glacier, Austria
This was one of the first glacier resorts used for skiing and remains open 365 days a year, making it a beacon for ski lovers who just can’t wait for the winter months. The glacier is more than 3,000 meters above sea level and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Austria, all of which are continuously covered by more than one meter of natural snow. There is a wide range of different runs in Kaprun to suit skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, from steep slopes to gentle easy routes. Cross-country skiing is offered as well as other activities such as hiking. http://en.kitzsteinhorn.at
This is another destination where, thanks to the glaciers, there are year-round opportunities for avid skiers. Here, Theodul Glacier provides 20 km of slopes right through the summer months, and you can ski here 365 days a year. There are opportunities for all levels of skiers here, from challenging slopes to relaxed children’s heights as well as lots of après-ski fun. http://www.zermatt.ch/da
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Approximately 125 km north of Vancouver, this is considered one of the largest ski destinations in the world. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America (around May – November), Whistler is a great option for Europeans looking for skiing in the summer, and the resort attracts more than two million visitors a year. There are over 8,000 acres of pistes to plunge yourself down on Whistler, 3 glaciers, 16 alpine bowls and more than 200 marked trails as well as a world-class selection of accommodation and entertainment. http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Coronet Peak, New Zealand
A 20 minute drive from Queenstown a destination that has a great selection of skiing and snowboarding sites for those willing to take the journey down. The resort has recently undergone a stunning million-dollar refurbishment that has seen it equipped with some of the best amenities around, and Coronet’s leading ski season is conveniently timed to last right through the European summer. The 280-hectare ski area offers a variety of terrain, from simple children’s heights to challenging black bowls, and has the most comprehensive snow-making system in the country these days, where the powder needs a little boost. http://www.nzski.com/mountain.jsp?site=coronetpeak
A truly year-round resort that provides ski-covered slopes for avid skiers in both the winter and summer months. In the summer season, there are 130 acres of skiing to get stuck in, as well as incredible challenges, such as a vertical drop of more than 750 meters, which is not for the faint of heart. Summer skiing in Tignes means that there is more than just the usual après-ski opportunities on offer, and other outdoor sports such as tennis and basketballas well as barbecues and pool parties can create a unique skiing experience. http://www.tignes.co.uk
For those interested in summer skiing, these resorts are a great option. Whether you go snowing all year round in Zermatt or Kaprun, or the slightly longer sailing in the summer in Whistler or Coronet Peak, the chances of having a serious piste time when summer has arrived are pretty amazing.