Skiers and riders from across Europe flock to the glacial resorts of France, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy between May and October to practice their technique in the sunshine before the next winter season begins. Your winter vacation doesn't have to end just because the calendar says it should.
Top 10 summer glaciers to try:
Tips for summer skiing:
- Hit the pistes early as glacier snow gets slushy by lunchtime; some glaciers close at 1 p.m.
- Dress in light layers: take a lightweight jacket, but you won't need your winter thermals. It's usually spring-like conditions on glaciers during summer, but remember mountain weather is very changeable
- Don't forget your sun block and remember to stay hydrated
- Glaciers offer limited terrain compared to the extensive winter ski areas, but they are a good opportunity to practice your technique. Be sure to book a summer ski camp or lessons well in advance as places go quickly
- On the whole, the wide-open pistes of glacier terrain is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Snowboarders are also in their element; many glaciers have snowparks
- Never go off-piste without a professional as glaciers have hidden crevasses
- Wear goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the very strong rays