Have the sweltering temperatures of summer left you daydreaming about the cold weather and piles of snow winter brought? Some people truly love the winter, and you may be one of them. This is especially true for people who love winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. For you, there’s almost nothing more satisfying than finding some fresh powder and hitting the slopes.
Like most people, you probably think ski season ends when the snow melts. As the days become longer and the mercury pushes ever higher, you know it’s time to pack away the skis and the board for another season. You’ll sweat it out during July and August, waiting for the snow to return. That’s just the way things are.
Or is it? We’ve got some good news for you, snow bunnies! There are many places around the world where you can hit the slopes … even in the middle of summer. If you’ve been longing for wintry weather to return once more, plan your summer vacation to one of these 20 locations around the world. In these places, the snow almost never fully melts, so you can find other like-minded folks one their blades and boards pretty much all year round.
20 The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier Is Open 365 Days A Year
Welcome to Kaprun, Austria, home of some fantastic year-round skiing. The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, located immediately above the town, sees snow cover 365 days a year. The ski area itself is relatively large, including some varied runs and a terrain park for intermediate skiers.
The apres ski scene is pretty good here too, with the area’s Ice Camp offering up an ice bar, a food court, and a sun deck where you can lounge and soak up the summer sun. It really is the best of both worlds here. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can opt to hike across the glacier itself on a free tour.
19 Trek To Alaska For Skiing In July
If there’s one place you expect to find snow in America, it has to be Alaska. The most northern state doesn’t disappoint either. The majestic Tordrillo Mountains, located near the Kenai Peninsula, offer up powder in July. Heliskiing is a popular option at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.
You can book a $9,000 per person summer getaway, which includes not only heliskiing, but some of Alaska’s most popular summer activities too. You’ll spend 5 days fishing for salmon, whitewater rafting, and skiing through late-season corn. A personal helicopter will help transport you from activity to activity through the blue summer sky.
18 Visit The Largest Ski Area In The Southern Hemisphere
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and you want to go skiing in the summer, one of the best things you can do is plan a getaway to the Southern Hemisphere. The seasons are inverted, so summer in the north is actually winter in the south!
If you’re planning to head south, you might want to check out the largest ski area in the whole hemisphere. Perisher, located in the Australian state of New South Wales, is made up of 4 interconnected villages. There are 7 mountain peaks and 47 lifts to explore here, with something for skiers of all skill levels.
17 This Tiny Norwegian Resort Is Great For Summer Skiing
The Norwegians have a proud history in the sport of skiing. Many people in Scandinavian countries like Norway even use skis to commute back and forth to work in the winter. They also love skiing as a recreational activity, often hitting the slopes on weekends. In the summer, the fun stays alive at the Fonna Glacier Resort.
Fonna is small, with just 1 lift and a total of 7 runs. Located on the Folgefonna Glacier, the park operates every day from early May until mid-July. If you’re looking for some summer fun for the whole family, consider Fonna a prime destination.
16 Travel To Oregon To Take Advantage Of The Longest Ski Season In North America
You only need to drive about an hour and a half from Portland to find the Timberline Lodge, which is home to the longest ski season in all of North America. The lifts are usually operational from the first of June through Labor Day at the beginning of September.
You’ll ski the Palmer Snowfield on the south face of Mt. Hood. Timberline is usually used for ski racing and freestyle camps throughout the summer months, but there’s always 1 lane open for public use. The terrain parks are another major draw, although they’re recommended for advanced skiers and boarders only.
15 This Is Argentina’s Most Famous Ski Resort
Patagonia is known for its extreme terrain, including rugged mountains and lots of snow. In San Carlos de Bariloche, you’ll find Gran Catedral, Argentina’s oldest and most famous ski resort. Not far from the border with Chile, Gran Catedral (or Bariloche) boasts 120 kilometers of piste, 40 modern lifts, and the largest snowmaking system in South America.
Most of the slopes are suitable for intermediate skiers, offering high-speed cruising. If you prefer to go off-piste, there’s plenty of opportunity for that as well. Bariloche operates from late June until early October, which makes it a great summer getaway for Northern Hemisphere vacationers.
14 Another Austrian Glacier Is Open For Business
Like the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, the Hintertux Glacier is open for skiing all year long. While many glaciers now don’t have sufficient snow coverage to ski all 365 days, Hintertux is one where the snow never fully melts. You’ll have your choice of around 12 miles (20 kilometers) of runs, accessible from 10 different lifts.
The Hintertux is famed for its steep terrain, which makes it challenging for even experienced skiers. It’s also a great spot for freestyle fans, who will have their pick of 5 different lines at the Betterpark Hintertux. And when you’re done at the top, hop the free bus service back to the bottom of the glacier.
13 Les Deux Alpes Is Twice The Summer Ski Fun
If you’re looking for summer skiing, don’t pass over Les Deux Alpes in France. This is one of Europe’s largest summer ski areas. While Les Deux Alpes isn’t a 365-day-a-year operation like Hintertux, the Mont-de-Lans Glacier is usually open for business from mid-June until late August.
The good news is that even though the area closes before September rolls around, all 11 of the glacier’s runs are open. Ski camps run throughout the summer, making this the ideal summer vacation for ski enthusiasts! If you’re interested in learning to snowboard instead, check out Easy Park, a great snowpark designed with beginners in mind.
12 Coronet Peak Has Something For Everyone
Just 20 minutes from Queenstown is one of the South Island’s most popular ski resorts. It’s easy to see why, since Coronet Peak, New Zealand, offers something for just about everyone. There are several blue and red runs for beginners and intermediates. More advanced skiers will find their challenge in the terrain park.
There’s also the “M-1,” the resort’s longest run at 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers). Night skiing is also offered 3 times a week. If you’re traveling with little ones, there’s a mountain ski school which is fully licensed with the Ministry of Education. Whether you’re 5 or 50, there’s something for you at Coronet Peak.
11 This French Ski Spot Allows You To Blend Winter And Summer Fun Seamlessly
Tignes, France, is in the shadow of the Grande Motte Glacier, which boasts some advanced ski runs across varied terrains. Blue, red, and black runs are accessed by chairlifts from mid-June to August. The north face of the glacier is the most popular, especially since it offers a not-too-steep slope more suitable for novice skiers. If you want to brush up on your skills, stop by the summer ski school for an hour-long lesson or take part in the their 5-day workshop.
After 1 p.m., the ski runs close up for the day, so you’ll make the 7-minute journey back down the glacier. At the bottom, you might trade your blades for a pair of water skis on the lake!
10 Mt. Ruapehu Has 2 Ski Areas
New Zealand’s Mt. Ruapehu is another Southern Hemisphere destination for you to consider as your summer getaway. The resort is actually made up of 2 ski areas, called Whakapapa and Turoa. Together, they make Mt. Ruapehu the largest ski resort in New Zealand.
In the grand scheme of things, though, this resort is still relatively small, spanning just 2,600 acres. Nonetheless, Mt. Ruapehu offers up quite a few runs and plenty of fun for ski enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. If you want great skiing without the serious atmosphere, consider a Kiwi location for your next ski trip.
9 Ski In Both Switzerland And Italy By Vacationing Here
Zermatt, Switzerland, is relatively well-known among alpinists and skiers alike. After all, it’s the home of the famous Matterhorn. What you may not have known is that Zermatt offers almost year-round skiing, with the spring/summer season running from April until the end of October most years. It also borders on Cervinia, an Italian town, and the 2 share a ski area open every day of the year.
Cervinia’s slopes are open from June until September, allowing you to ski in the shadow of the Matterhorn. If you ski for more than 3 days in Zermatt, be sure to check out the local biking scene as well, since bike lifts will be included in your lift pass.
8 Combine Mountain Biking With Skiing On This Canadian Glacier
The Horstman Glacier, located in Whistler, British Columbia, is open daily from around 11 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Between mid-June and late July, you can go for an early morning bike ride, then hop on the lift to get some powder. The ride up takes about 45 minutes, but it will hardly feel so long as you take in the scenic views of the Whistler Valley all around.
Experienced skiers, this is the summer ski location for you! The glacier requires advanced to expert skiing abilities. When you’re done your runs, grab a late lunch at the Horstman Hut, perched atop Blackcomb Mountain.
7 The Early Bird Gets The Powder At This Swiss Ski Resort
Saas-Fee in Switzerland opens a little later than some of the other resorts on this list, but its slopes are open longer. The summer ski season runs from about mid-July to early October. The lift operates from about noon until 3 p.m. Since it takes about an hour to get up to the Allalin Glacier, you’ll want to arrive early.
The area has about 20 kilometers of runs which are well-suited for intermediate skiers. It’s particularly popular with freestylers and race teams. The snowpark is well-equipped for anyone who prefers boards to blades. Afterwards, grab lunch at the glacier’s very own restaurant and relax on the sun terrace.
6 Las Lenas Is One Of Argentina’s Most Reliable Ski Resorts
If you want to be sure you’re booking somewhere you can count on the snow, check out Las Lenas in Argentina. This ski resort, located high in the mountains, boasts 43,000 acres of piste, with 30 different runs to choose from. Skiers of all skill levels will find something here. Expert skiers will enjoy the deep powder they can find off-piste.
Las Lenas offers something for everyone, with ski instruction programs for beginners and advanced expeditions to off-piste areas. Choose from 1 of 3 on-mountain restaurants when you’re finished on the slopes, and enjoy an array of refreshments and dishes.
5 Ski Portillo Sells A Secluded Experience
Those who venture to Ski Portillo are willing to give up many of the comforts of modern life. There’s no town or shopping center near this ski resort in Chile. In fact, there’s only 1 hotel, which has a maximum capacity of 400 people.
If you don’t like waiting in line for the lifts, this Chilean resort is for you. With 14 lifts and 1,235 acres across 35 runs, novice and intermediate skiers will be kept occupied. For advanced and expert level skiers, heliskiing and steep off-piste faces offer up more of a challenge. If that’s still not enough, you can check out any one of the numerous hike-to backcountry areas.
4 This New Zealand Resort Has Some Of The Country’s Best Freeriding
Treble Cone is perhaps the opposite of Coronet Peak. It’s definitely a destination for those who want a serious challenge. Located in Lake Wanaka, it covers the Saddle and Home basins, both of which provide some of the best freeriding New Zealand has to offer.
About half the mountain is dedicated to advanced terrain, and boarding fans will find some of New Zealand’s steepest and most challenging runs here. Experts can take guided tours to the Motatapu Chutes.
Treble Cone doesn’t completely forget about beginner and intermediate level snow bunnies. The resort has many long runs designed for these skill levels. Better yet, most of them are relatively un-crowded.
3 Valle Nevado Has Both Sun And Snow
Another South American destination is Chile’s Valle Nevado, which has around 25 miles (or nearly 40 kilometers) of ski runs. The area is served by modern lifts, including the country’s very first gondola. Plans are underway for creating a village at the base of the resort.
If you’re worried about exhausting your run options during your stay here, Valle Nevado is linked to El Colorado and La Parva, making up the Tres Valles of the Andes. The area has a total of 40 chairlift accesses and 4 base villages. It’s a combined 7,000 acres of prime South American skiing terrain!
2 Mt. Hutt Is Another New Zealand Favorite
New Zealand’s ski resorts tend to be small, but there are plenty of them. Kiwis are enthusiastic skiers themselves, and they bring a sense of playfulness to their alpine adventures. Mt. Hutt isn’t very big, but among its 25 trails are some double-black chutes and some hike-to terrain, which will keep more advanced skiers entertained.
The trip here is really about the views. In one direction, you’ll be able to spot the Pacific Ocean. Turn 180 degrees, and you’ll be presented with a magnificent view of the southern Alps. Afterwards, join the locals having a BBQ tailgate party in the parking lot for an authentic Kiwi ski trip experience.
1 Thredbo, Australia, Makes Do With Little
Aside from Perisher, Australia doesn’t have many world-renowned ski resorts. New Zealand’s likely the more popular spot for skiers and snow bunnies. But if you find yourself dreaming of the land down under, check out Thredbo.
Thredbo is situated on Australia’s tallest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko. Despite this, the resort gets a mere 80 inches (around 200 centimeters) of snow per year. It’s probably the reason Thredbo has the biggest snowmaking operation in the entire Southern Hemisphere. It also allows the resort to operate year-round, so it doesn’t matter when you visit. You’re bound to find at least some of the 53 trails open.
Sources: Onthesnow.ca, TheTelegraph.co.uk, Outsideonline.com, WeLove2Ski