No that is not a typo, nor the result of too much sun. Summer isn’t all about barbecues and sitting outside in the evening with the family, there is some serious skiing to be done if you know where to look. Those who want something more from their summer holiday than sun, sea and sand might want to consider a ski break instead.
Some of the following resorts will come as a surprise who think they will have to travel to the southern hemisphere to ski in the summer, so read on to find a good selection of resorts both close to home and further afield.
When you see Hintertux for yourself, it will come as no surprise to hear than numerous ski teams train here off season. Hintertux is also home to the steepest skiing in the Alpine region that is serviced by a lift. It also boasts some of the surest snow you will find anywhere. Come slightly out of season in late spring or early autumn and you will also have the chance to try your snowboarding skills on the rails and kickers of Betterpark. A year round ski area, the lifts operate in the summer from 0815 to 1430.
Les 2 Alps France
Boasting one of the largest skiing resorts in Europe, Les 2 Alps is home to the Mont-de-Lans Glacier, which is open from the middle of June to the beginning of September. The glacier offers an impressive eight runs which are accessible by a railway system and chairlifts. If that’s not enough, and you seek something more daring, then there is also a snow park which boasts an enjoyable snow zone. The snow zone contains a range of small pipes for beginners wanting to try out their moves as well as a 400ft long, 15 ft high half pipe for those with more experience. A half day ticket at the resort will set you back around 30 euros and be sure to get your monies worth as the lifts open at 7:15am and close at 12:30pm.
Timberline Lodge Oregon
Open from the middle of May until the beginning of September; which is North America’s longest season. The scenic routes are located on the south face of Mt. Hood on the Palmer Snowfield. The main use for this resort is race camps during the summer however there is always one lane usable by the public located in the terrain above the tree line. The resort is open daily from 7am until 1:30pm offering a good amount of skiing time. This charming resort is only an hour drive away from Portland which offers other attractions if you fancy doing something else apart from skiing.
Ski Portillo Chile
The owners of Ski Portillo have worked very hard to keep their resort on an intimate scale. One of its biggest attractions is that there isn’t a town, or a shopping centre, or even a Starbucks. All there is here is one hotel painted yellow which can accommodate up to 400 guests at any one time. This turn means there are rarely any queues at the ski lifts, and the slopes are never overcrowded. The 28 miles of well groomed runs at Portillo are accessed by both drags and chairs. Advanced or expert skiers will cover all the runs within hours, but they needn’t fear as Portillo also boast an abundance of steep faces off piste perfect for some daredevil freeriding. Those who want to go even higher can do thanks to heli operations and if that wasn’t enough, there is a stunning back country that begs to be explored.
Coronet Peak New Zealand
Situated only 20 minutes from the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, that is Queenstown; Coronet Peak is the most popular South island ski resort. Stand at the summit and look left and you will see Gondor from Lord of the Rings. The resort boasts a varied terrain that means there is something for skiers of all abilities, from beginners through to accomplished. Those still finding their feet, so to speak, have a choice of both red and blue runs, whilst those who are more advanced can try out Terrain Park. They can also give their stamina a good testing on the M1, the longest run on Coronet Peak which stretches for 1.5 miles. Before you hit the slopes though, make sure you have suitable ski insurance policy that will cover you for the duration of your trip (try Columbus Direct).
These are just a small selection of the many great resorts which offer skiing in the summer, but are generally considered to be the best. If a summer holiday on the snow holds more appeal than the sand then ditch the sun tan oil and the flip flops for some skis and goggles and have one of the most memorable summer breaks you will ever experience.
Where would you add to the list? Spill the beans in the comments below.