When deciding where to go on your summer holidays, naturally anywhere with a beach is the most obvious option. Lazing on a beach chair, sipping cocktails, mark the qualities of a dream getaway. But how about ditching the norm by opting for skiing holiday? Usually associated with the winter months, there are a number of top resorts not only offering visitors the chance to ski in the summer but providing fun non-skiing activities too. Best of all, as it’s not peak season, prices are cheaper and the resorts aren’t too busy. Head to any of these destinations for a skiing holiday to remember this summer and for chic skiwear check out Bogner Sport.
1. Tignes, France
Open from mid June to early September the Tignes resort in France is made up of five villages and breath-taking views. Perfect for both beginners and experts Tignes’ Grande Motte glacier has 20km of ski runs, a 750m vertical drop and 12 lifts. In the afternoons gain free access to a number of activities such as tennis, beach volley ball and golf with a My Tignes Open card available from tourist offices.
2. Hintertux, Austria
Offering skiers the chance to practice all year round and famed for it’s steep terrains, Austria’s Hintertux Glacier offers 22km of runs, 9 lifts and a Glacier Bus with the ability to transport 3,000 skiers every hour. For days when you don’t wish to ski, take a tour of the glacier’s Nature Ice Palace or go ice climbing and hiking.
3. Whistler, British Columbia
From mid-June to late July, advanced skiers only can take in the incredible views boasted by Whistler – a town north of Vancouver. Home to the Horstman Glacier which takes 45 minutes to get to from the base, the skiing season may be short but it’s definitely worth the visit especially with mountain-biking, kayaking, golf and much more on offer.
4. Zermatt, Switzerland
Located in the southern Swiss Alps, Zermatt’s popularity lies in its 21 km of groomed slopes at the Theodul Glacier. Welcoming to both skiers of all levels from May to mid-November, the Theodul Glacier is shared with skiers in Cervinia in Italy and can be accessed by mountain railway and cable cars. For a lunch to remember ski across the border to Cervinia.