Two major European resorts will reopen this weekend for summer glacier skiing, offering what might be some of the best snow conditions in years.
Great winter snowfall, lower than average spring temperatures, and even some spring snow flurries have all contributed to the current fantastic conditions at Les Deux Alpes and Tignes, in the French Alps.
“With guaranteed natural snow on its glacier culminating at 3600m above sea level, the Les 2 Alpes ski area is one of the few to remain open even in SUMMER!” the resort claims.
Summer skiing at Les Deux Alpes begins June 22 and will continue daily through until August 25. The resort was the first resort to install snow cannons on a glacier following a particularly poor skiing summer in 2017. The Grande Motte glacier at Tignes opens on 22nd June, running daily until 4th August.
Val d’Isere, adjacent to Tignes, is already open for its five-week summer season, and the Stelvio Pass glacier near Bormio in Italy opened on 7th June, operating daily until 4th November. The Pisaillas glacier above Le Fornet, Val d’Isere, France opened on 8th June and will remain open until 14th July. In Austria, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun re-opens for summer skiing on 29th June.
In Austria, the Hintertux glacier is open year-round, as is Zermatt, Switzerland.