For some people, the summer means stripping off and heading for the beach, basking in as much sun as possible. However, for those who find beach holidays rather boring, there are plenty of alternatives to keep you busy during the heatwaves. A popular alternative to lazing on the beach has become the summer skiing holiday. It may seem an odd choice to hit the slopes during the peak of summer, but it’s a great way to cool down and avoid the busiest seasons. Here are a few popular summer destinations:
1. Hintertux, Austria
Hintertux is a popular destination for professional skiers during off-season, as there is great skiing to be had all year round. Although the lift hours are limited in the peak of summer, you’ll still get a few hours in each day, and there are plenty of other activities including:
• Mountain biking
• Mineral baths
• Historical attractions
This means that after a morning spent on the slopes, you’ve still got plenty of other things to do, and you can combine a skiing holiday with a more traditional summer trip.
2. Whistler, BC Canada
With a short summer season from June to mid-July, this resort only has a short window for skiing, but it makes up for it with many training camps available, and an impressive array of non-skiing activities, as well as vibrant social scene. Once you’re off the slopes you can enjoy kayaking, golf, or even bear watching. Or you can just wander around and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
3. Cardrona, New Zealand
The season for this south island resort runs from late June to September, with trails to suit a wide range of abilities, as well as an Olympic sized half pipe. The resort is also known for luxury ski, with a range of comfortable, gorgeous accommodation available and upmarket facilities. It’s also a great area for families, with on mountain childcare for under 5s, and ski schools for those who are taking their first trip.
4. Valle Nevado, Chile
One of the most modern and well-equipped ski resorts in South America, Valle Nevado offers skiing from June to September and is only a short journey from Santiago. With 800 hectares of skiing area and 35 slopes, there’s plenty to suit people of all abilities, and there’s a half pipe for people who want to practice their skills. The resort is enjoyed by people of all ages, and is in a great position to explore the rest of this beautiful country.
5. Les Deux Alpes, France
Many Alps resorts close after the Easter season, but a few stay open, and they are great for those who want to avoid the crowds. Les Deux Alpes is close to Grenoble with an airport and excellent train connections, meaning it’s great for those on a budget. The resort has the advantage of being the kind of traditional ski resort people associate with the activity, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and family friendly activities. Mountain biking is also popular in the area, and most shops open throughout the summer.
Although many of us crave the slopes during the winter, there’s no reason why we can’t pack up for a ski holiday when the sun is shining. It’s great for beginners who want somewhere quiet to practice, and it means that those who are more experienced have space to play. Choose a resort where the facilities stay open all year round, and where there are other activities to do as well. This means that even if you only get a short ski day, there’s still plenty more for you to enjoy.