The official ski season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. There’s plenty of places to continue skiing this summer, from the uncrowded slopes of New Zealand to hitting the powder a little closer to home in the European sun. In this week’s Lux guide: Where To Ski This Summer we will be giving a breakdown of the best places to hit the peaks and hone your skills.
In the heart of the Tignes Val Claret region, this resort welcomes all standards of skiers, with over 20km of slopes and altitudes ranging from 1,550m to 3,456m. As one of France’s more popular resorts, Tignes can get busy in the summer with plenty to keep the whole family happy. With a ‘Sportignes’ card you can gain free access to a huge range of activities including tennis, golf and beach volleyball.
Dates: June 27th – August 9th
Distance from UK: 1h 35m
France’s second oldest ski resort, Le Deux Alpes is a must go destination for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. With a vast 18 hectare terrain park, this area is perfect for practising jumps and training for competitions. Further down the mountain, there are less extreme activities with anything from kayaking to trampolining. The climate is pleasant during the summer months, reaching high temperatures in the lower valleys, so be sure to pack plenty of sun cream!
Dates: June 20th – August 29th
Distance from UK: 1h 35m
With perfectly groomed slopes and reliable snow conditions, Hintertux is the only Austrian ski area to open 365 days a year. Covering an impressive area of 60km, the resort offers varied slopes in all levels of difficulty. There is also plenty to explore with guided tours running daily exploring stunning natural ice palaces and the many ice chambers hidden beneath the slopes. You’ll be amazed at the frozen waterfalls, giant glistening ice crystals and even a glacial lake.
Dates: May 9th – October 9th
Duration from UK: 3h 25m
Sat on the Italian side of the stunning Mattahorn peak, this vast resorts boasts 26.5km of red and blue slopes. Only open during the summer season, the resort is famed for its terrain park which is the highest in Europe. For those looking to improve, ski guru and UK professional, Warren Smith, has an academy here that offers award winning tuition.
Dates: June 27th – September 6th
Duration from UK: 4h
Located north of Vancouver in British Colombia, Whistler resort is the largest ski area in North America. With plenty of training camps to choose from and a huge private terrain park, this area has something for amateurs and pro’s alike. This resort is also renowned for other adventurous activities including bear spotting, zip lining, kayaking and mountain biking. During the summer months temperatures can reach highs of 27ºC.
Dates: July 19th – October 31st
Duration from UK: 9h 50m
Famed for its dry powder, vast alpine terrain and steep off-piste descents, this ski destination is worth travelling for! Lying 160km north-east of Santiago, the resort of Portillo is more like a private ski club, accommodating only 450 people at a time. Be sure to book in advance and you can look forward to skiing the legendary 6000m peaks virtually to yourself.
Dates: June 20th- October 5th
Duration from UK: 15h
For the more advanced skier, Las Lenas offers some of the finest off-piste skiing in the southern hemisphere. With a 90 minute flight from Buenos Aires and one hour bus transfer this may be considered a risky option given the unreliable conditions. However, when the snow does appear, it’s a skiers paradise with endless powder bows and 50 degree rocky chutes.
Dates: July 19th – October 11th
Duration from UK: 16h
Set in 1,359 acres, the Wanaka resorts of Treble cone is the largest ski area on New Zealand’s South Island. With rugged terrain this is the perfect choice for those looking to improve their backcountry skiing. The area is famed for its vast Olympic sized natural half pipes, uncrowded slopes and stunning views of Lake Wanaka. The resort is known for its reliable conditions during the summer months with plenty of clear sunny days.
Dates: June 25th – September 27th
Duration from UK: 24h