Summer skiing often conjures up ideas of bluebird days and bad snow, but at these resorts, guests can not only get their winter-fix in the summer. They can enjoy excellent skiing and riding even during the hot months.
Traveling to the South America for their winter can be pricey but offers a different kind of ski vacation. Apres-skiing is taken seriously in the southern hemisphere, and time on the mountain is generally seen as a way to relax and get outdoors verses being competition driven.
Check out the Andes! There are many resorts open for the season, but here are a couple of options:
Valle Nevado is one of the most talked about resorts in South America, and for good reason. Mammoth pass holders are now being offered a week of free skiing here after the resort made a deal with their Chilean counterpart. Valle Nevado pass holders will be invited to California when Mammoth’s season rolls back around.
La Parva is the largest resort in the Andes. Heli-skiing, paragliding, and hang gliding is offered as well some of the most challenging runs in the world. Like the park and the half pipes? You can hit those up here, too! Located 90 minutes outside Santiago, it is easily accessible to out-of-towners. They open to start up the lifts June 23rd.
Australia and New Zealand are also starting off their winter. And while it’s no cheaper to fly Down Under than it is to South America, it too, is an exciting way to spend part of the summer. It is undoubtably worth the long flight.
Thredbo is one of the top resorts in Australia with 12 lifts and 40 runs. It’s a great place to practice your jumps; the bag jump is free after you go to the introduction clinic. Next weekend, June 8, the season begins.
New Zealand’s Mount Hutt, opening June 9, is located on the South Island and has the longest season in the country. Expect great powder and tough runs here! While you’re there, take part in a tradition enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for over 20 years, twilight skiing at Coronet Peak. Every Friday and Saturday night from early-July to mid-September, skiers and snowboarders are treated to a unique evening’s entertainment before hitting the slopes.
Treble Cone, opening June 28, is another well-loved resort in New Zealand. With their last snowfall just a few days ago, it looks like a promising start to winter. And, in typical New Zealand style, is an area surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes.
Summer doesn’t phase skiers and snowboarders in Europe. The snow in the Alps is never-ending and makes a summer playground out of a winter paradise. France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria are your best bets for glacier skiing. Tignes, site of the European X-Games offers access to the Grande Motte glacier in the summer. Schladming is famous for producing America’s most famous Austrian actor-turned-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and offers loads of activities both on and off the slopes. Zermatt, in Switzerland, has the largest and highest area for summer skiing and riding. There are loads of places for snow-seekers in Europe!
North America has more limited options. Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood often serves as the summer training ground for the U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboard teams. It’s a closer alternative for Americans while still providing great conditions. And as an added bonus, Bagby Hot Springs offers a nearby reprieve after a long day on the slopes. May 29 marks the beginning of the summer season.
Lastly, located deep in the Canadian Rockies, Whistler Blackcomb has great summer skiing and riding. Temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees make skiing on Horstman Glacier a great way to enjoy the summer weather. They boast diverse terrain, including moguls, half pipes, and well-groomed slopes year-round. The glacier opens June 23. Be forwarned, the terrain is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders only.
There’s no reason not to enjoy the snow this summer. Whether you’re up for a road trip or a flight around the world, a local ski town or a foreign cultural experience, there’s a place for you to ski or snowboard this summer. So grab your gear and get moving!
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