Alex Narracot, Founder and CEO of Much Better Adventures, confides their top recommendations for year round winter sports… Many people think of skiing as a winter activity, after all, it does require a little of the cold stuff that isn’t normally associated with summer. However, you do not have to restrict your adventures on the slopes to the winter months. If you fancy an action packed summer break these holidays, then read on to discover the best places to do some great skiing.
Tignes, France: Tignes is open mid-June to September and has a variety of slopes. There are cable cars to access the glacier and the ride only takes around seven minutes. You can enjoy a great morning’s skiing before it closes at 1pm, then you have afternoon free to take your pick of activities such as quad biking or the skateboard park.
Ski Portillo, Chile: Ski Portillo prides itself on being an intimate resort. The small yellow hotel can only accommodate 400 guests at any one time, which is good news as it means that the site will never be overcrowded. There is some fantastic free-riding here for the more advanced skiers.
Les Deux Alpes, France: This has one of the largest elevations in Europe of between 2,900 and 3,600, making it a very popular summer ski destination for keen skiers. It has fabulous views plus a wide range of other activities from mountain-biking to golf.
Coronet Peak, New Zealand: Coronet Peak is a very popular ski resort in the south island of New Zealand, not far from vibrant Queenstown. If you cast your eye to the left of the slope, you could be lucky enough to spy Gondor from The Lord of the Rings. However, if you see Frodo or a nazgûl then you’ve probably had too much après-ski and should have a day off.
Kaprun, Austria: Best for intermediate skiers, this has a wide variety of runs. There is also a fabulous Ice Arena that boasts igloos and a snow beach as well as an ice bar. If you fancy a break from skiing, then take a free guided hike across the glacier. You can enjoy this resort all year round.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: Open between June and July every year, Whistler offers a mix of skiing and mountain biking, so if you love both these sports then this is the place for you. The chair lift takes 45 minutes but it will be a scenic view so relax and enjoy the ride.
Zermatt, Switzerland: This is another year-round European resort open from January to December. It might look like winter but it will feel like summer, meaning you can definitely work on your tan as well as enjoying the glacier, Kitzsteinhorn, with its height of 3,029 metres and sixteen miles of summer skiing.
Las Lenas, Argentina: This is the highest resort in Argentina and it boasts some of the best powder runs. It’s facilities include a snow park and three mountain restaurants.
Perisher, Australia: Perisher is around six hours’ drive from Sydney and offers a good mix of runs over a varied terrain. It caters best for intermediates though there is something for beginners and advanced too. The Top Spot Bar comes recommended.
Hintertux, Austria:There are not many glaciers that are open every single day of the year and Hintertux is one of them. There are great runs for all levels, but it has particularly exciting advanced runs. There is a free bus service to take you to the base of the glacier.