Hit the slopes this summer with adrenaline-packed skiing holidays.
Nope, not just a winter sport, certain ski resorts around the world are open in the warmer months, typically using high glacier areas for summer snow seekers.
From the stunning European Alps to the breath-taking Coast Mountains in Canada, here we explore five holiday locations perfect for novice and more advanced skiers looking to stay cool on the slopes this summer.
Summer skiing holidays in Zermatt, Switzerland
Standing at a staggering 3820m, Zermatt’s Theodul glacier is among Europe’s highest and biggest summer ski areas.
Staying at Switzerland’s most famous resort, summer skiers should expect mornings spent skiing under the warm sun to get the best of the snow on the mainly blue and red runs.
By afternoon, explore the stunning Matterhorn mountain or if you’re feeling extra brave, enjoy the 350-meter-high ropes course at the forest fun park, which is an alpine jungle with over 30 zip wires.
Sunny Skiing holidays in Austria
The only ski resort in Austria open 365 days a year, Hintertux Glacier ski resort, offers more challenging runs for advanced skiers.
Accessible by foot, the main village is a 15-minute walk from the lifts, but there are also hotels at the lift base if you prefer to be closer to the action.
Journey up the Hintertux Glacier with the world’s highest bi-cable system cable car, which provides glorious views stretching as far as the Großglockner, Dolomites and the Zugspitze and is the perfect afternoon activity after a morning navigating the slopes.
Adventurous kid, meanwhile, will never be bored with a special children’s world featuring a tubing track and lots of snow, while Flohpark Sommerberg offers children heaps of games with a climbing wall, bouncy castle and go-kart track.
Summer skiing in Breuil-Cervinia, Italy
If Italy is more your skiing style then Breuil-Cervinia offers up to 25km of slopes suited to all levels and abilities, making it perfect for family skiing holidays.
You’ll be in good company on the slopes as during the summer months many of the top World Cup teams take advantage of the snow here.
Need to brush up on your skills? There’s a ski school perfect for polishing your technique on the gentler blue runs.
If you want to keep chasing that adrenaline rush into the afternoon, then paragliding is popular among skiers or embrace something more sedate with a trip to the ‘Glacier Palace,’ featuring unique ice sculptures in the mountain caves.
Summer ski time in Les 2 Alpes, France
Another popular European summer ski location, Les 2 Alpes in France has one of the largest areas in Europe with the Mont-de-Lans Glacier open from mid-June to early September.
A funicular railway transports skiers up to the glacier’s eight runs, consisting of two green, four blue and two red, making it perfect for beginners and families.
When not skiing, enjoy picturesque village life and take advantage of French food and wine under the sunshine.
If you want to keep up the thrills once you’ve finished on the slopes then take part in some high octane white-water rafting, which is among the many activities offered at the resort.
Hitting the summer slopes in Whistler, Canada
Perfect for adventurous types and more advanced skiers and snowboarders, Whistler’s glacier skiing is enjoyed on the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain.
Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favourite year-round destination.
Skiing here is typically open in June and July and due to the rough terrain and variable weather conditions, is best avoided by novices.
While in Europe you can expect your summer skiing to be done by lunchtime, here it just gets started as the terrain is closed to the public during the morning so that the world champions can get their practice in first.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained while not strapped into your skis though, with an exciting base Village, four championship golf courses, shopping, restaurants and bars, hiking trails, spas and a mountain bike park all on offer. With skiing holidays like this, what is there not to love?