Espace Killy is known to have it all, and summer is no exception. This year Val d’Isère will offer non-glacial skiing for the first time in its 82 years of operation!
Often named as one of the best in the world, the 'OK' run which is a World Cup downhill course above Folie, will open from the 3rd June along with a couple of its neighbours. This is in addition to the normal glacial options on the area: the Grand Motte glacier in Tignes and Pissaillas in Val d’Isère mean you can smash the piste from mid-June to September!
If you do decide to do some summer skiing, you won't be alone. Get ready to share the slopes with national race teams and freestyle camps taking advantage of the year-round snow and soft landings. Resorts typically spin lifts from early morning until lunchtime, when the skis come off and the sunbathing begins. And what better way to round off the day than a pond skim? If your idea of a poolside holiday is pond skimming at 200m, you’re in luck!
So where else can you get some turns in while working on your tan?
With one of the largest summer skiing areas around, the Mont-de-Lans Glacier in Les Deux Alpes offers eight runs from green to red, and also has a great snowpark. One of the largest on offer in the Alps over summer, the park has a variety of kickers and features plus a halfpipe and baby pipe for the amateur park rats in training.
If you've been squirreling away some pennies over spring, the Swiss resort of Zermatt boasts skiing 365 days of the year, with the potential for 25km of sunbathed runs available on the Theodul Glacier. If you're feeling adventurous, it also offers the option to swing over to the Plateau Rosa in Italy. Why ski in one country when you can ski in two? And of course you'll enjoy views of the majestic Matterhorn while you're at it.
If half days and soft snow don’t quite satisfy your inner powder hound, remember when it’s sunny up here in the northern hemisphere, there’s a whole half planet where the snow’s still falling. Down under, Australia and New Zealand are starting to receive their share of the snow for anyone keen to take on a summer season. Across the Pacific in Argentina, Las Lenas has some of the best big mountain terrain in the world, so maybe don’t pack up those powder skis just yet.
Usually when one season ends, another begins. But this year, snowsports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice! Whether it's sunny slopes in France or backcountry exploring in South America, the eternal winter is calling. Where are you getting your snow fix?