There’s one thing both skiers and snowboarders can agree to hate. Summer. We all love a blue bird day on the hill, but once the days start getting longer, our snow starts fading away and our favourite season melts away for another 6 months. Now we’ve had the hottest day of the year, how are we going to make it through the rest of summer when all we can think about is our next snow fix? Do you keep making excuses to avoid packing your skis away? Do you reach for your ski coat at the smallest breeze? Can you not stop watching snowboard films even though it’s over 20 degrees outside? You my friend have the highly contagious seasonitis. The only cure is winter... But after years of practise trying to settle that itch here are my top tips to help any ski or snowboarder get through these summer months.
How can I wait til next winter for my next ski fix?
Wherever you are in the world, whether you live in the city, the countryside or lucky enough to be by the beach, you can pick up a board sport anywhere. Surfing, skateboarding or wakeboarding are some of the top activities that’ll give you that familiar adrenaline rush you long for. Embrace nature, visit exciting new places and have fun adventures this summer with another board sport. If you’re not sure where to start, look up your local skate park or centre for camps over the summer and hang out with likeminded people or venture to the beach and get a surf lesson.
Surfing in Cornwall, UK
The one place you can get that proper snow fix on UK soil is at one of the indoor snow domes. Whether you’re a season pro or looking for some extra lessons after your first ski holiday, the snow domes have a huge, varied list of snow activities to keep you keen till the mountains open again. From lessons for all ages, to freestyle nights, to ski cross camps to testing next seasons equipment at demo days. Follow your local snow dome on Facebook to keep up to date with events over the summer or head to Go Ski Go Board for information and advice on your nearest snow sports venue.
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Bring the party of the mountains into the city, the only difference is you will not being able to knock off the hangover with some fresh alpine air in the morning.
Enjoy the exhilarating sub-zero temperatures of the Icebar while sipping a tasty cocktail from your own ice glass. Be transported to an Austrian style alpine lodge at Bodo Schloss and indulge in the delicious traditional Austrian cuisine while drinking a ski boot cocktail. Or experience an authentic german bar at the Bavarian Beerhouse, serving ice cold beers in huge stein glasses and offering ‘oompah-tainment.’ Prost!
Ice Bar London. Photo Credit: IceBar London Facebook page
While it’s summer in Europe, it is winter in the southern hemisphere. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a long haul flight then go chase winter and head to Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Argentina to take advantage of the ski season down under.If you are craving the mountains, but want to stay closer to home, many European glacier resorts stay open over the summer. Slopes may only be open for a few hours a day, but many sports camps, instructor courses and adrenaline seekers take advantage of the quiet pistes during the warmer season to ski a few runs in the morning, then mountain bike during the afternoon. Find out more information on summer ski holidays to Tignes.
Perisher ski resort in Australia
This may be my favourite option! Invite all your ski friends over and have an alpine themed dinner complete with tartiflette, fondue, cured meats and germknodel, you can even put a summer twist with a bbq full of the finest frankfurters and bratwurst. Put on your ski holiday edit in the background and look back at the amazing winter you’ve just had and start planning for an even better one next season. View early booking offers on group ski holidays.
Or just embrace the sunshine and head to a new part of the world and create new adventures... but that’s just not as fun as the snow life! How about checking out the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo? Once the days start becoming colder and the nights start drawing in, look out for the latest ski and snowboard films to start dropping online and premiering around the country. Once October comes around ski shops start receiving the latest new gear and the Ski & Snowboard shows come to London and Manchester.
With ski season over and the warmer months approaching we just can’t help ourselves by thinking about the potential places we could be shredding over the summer. Europe has some fantastic glacial resorts that provide incredible snow conditions over the winter and are open over summer for keen skiers and snowboarders. For the first time ever, we are excited to announce that we offer package short break ski holidays this summer to one of our favourite glaciers for summer skiing. Keep reading to find out where…
There aren’t a huge variety of ski runs here but the area is great for training over the summer. It can be very crowded with the first three lifts during October and November (full of professional skiers), but during the rest of the year there are barely any crowds. Don’t miss Panorama run, it is very steep and icy and amazing for giant and downhill skiing. If you’re looking for gnarly places for freeride, spectacular views, friendly Tyrolian people, great value of money and no queues, Pitztal has it all! It can be quiet in the evenings once the lifts are closed so if you’re after après ski head to nearby Obergurgl or Sölden.
Les 2 Alpes is the largest ski resort in the Dauphine region and is the second oldest ski resort in France, after Chamonix. If you’re looking for a good mix of great skiing, partying and extra activities in the afternoon then this is the resort for you!. The lower slopes down to the resort are steeper and more challenging than the higher ski areas, including the wide and forgiving glacier runs. During the summer the lower areas of Les 2 Alpes are a popular venue for downhill and freeride mountain biking, whilst summer skiing takes place on the glacier between 2800m and 3600m.
Cervinia and Zermatt share the 23km of slopes open at the Plateau Rosa Glacier during the summer months. This is a popular area for British skiing camps with the long summer opening, typically running from May to mid-November. The Gravity Park is one of the highest in Europe and features a half pipe, kickers up to 20 metres, 10 rails and boxes for all levels..
The Grande Motte glacier in Tignes is one of the most snow-sure ski areas in the Alps with the slopes open nearly 8 months a year. For summer 2016 the glacier is open from June 25th to August 7th with 20 km of pistes, the snowpark and cross country runs all open. Fancy skiing in Tignes this summer? We do have 3, 4 and 7 night package holidays available in Tignes this summer departing on various dates from 4th July to 1st August. Hotels include Hotel Village Montana and Hotel Paquis.
Please email us or call one of our ski experts on 020 3696 9452 for more information on these summer ski holidays in Tignes.
The best thing about Hintertux is the lack of queues due to its super-fast lift-system. The real secret here is that there is amazing off piste and brilliant ski areas for free-touring and practising professional slaloms. Snowboarders and free-skiers certainly appreciate the year round freestyle opportunities at the Betterpark Hintertux at 3200m and is a favourite meeting point for local riders as well as the international scene. Hinter is one of the highest freestyle-spots in Austria and is considered by many to be the best Snowpark in the Alps.
Stay in Mayrhofen for access to the Hintertux glacier.
Are you still dreaming of tartefliette or fantasising about waking up in the mountains one last time? Weekend ski breaks or short ski trips are the perfect way to squeeze in a second ski holiday before the end of the ski season.
If one week a year just isn’t enough to overcome your ski itch, or you don’t have the time to take a full week off, then a short ski holiday may be ideal for you.
We have a selection of 3 and 4 night getaways that run over the weekend or during the week in France, Austria and Switzerland. Weekend ski holidays are available in a large selection of hotels and chalets in top resorts across the Alps including Meribel, Morzine, Chamonix, La Plagne and Brides Les Bains. There are even coach travel options from the UK if you are looking for a super budget getaway.
By taking an extra two days off over the weekend, you can get up to 4 days* skiing or snowboarding, plus the opportunity to enjoy a vin chaud on top of the mountain just one more time (*if you are able to get a Thursday evening inbound flight and a Monday evening outbound flight).
Morzine in France
1. It’s a great value ski holiday if you are on a budget2. Trying out a new resort and exploring a new ski area3. Maximising your time off over the weekend4. Opportunity to go on a ski holiday more than once a year without using up all your holiday time5. Enjoying and fun, healthy sport
Le Petit Dru Hotel in Morzine, France
4 Nts - 24 Mar 2016 from £759 pp
Hotel Beaulieu in La Clusaz, France
4 Nts - 31 Mar 2016 from £499 pp
Chalet Cleopatra in Les Menuires, France
4 Nts - 14 Apr 2016 from £474 pp
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Thousands of lucky British children will be going skiing for the first time at half term. For their parents it will be a brilliant break – but only if planned properly.
To help you plan and organise your debut on the slopes, here are our expert top tips for families.
Find more advice on family skiing here.
1. Don’t waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they’ll outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops. 2. Sew name tags on all your children’s ski wear. There’s then a chance they’ll come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes. 3. If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won’t get stuck in the snow. 4. Pack sun block sticks not sprays. Then you won’t have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on. 5. Don’t pack any best clothes. They’re wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats. 6. If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. Then you won’t have to queue to share the only one in the chalet. 7. Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol would make in your luggage. So take sachets instead. 8. If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage – they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all. 9. Don’t forget slippers 10. If there’s a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There’s then less chance of a windy road making your children sick. 11. Write you mobile number on a child’s hand or arm if they’re going to ski school on their own. 12. Don’t be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them. 13. Invest in a set of walkie talkies. Then if you get separated on the slopes you can call each other. 14. Three rigid rules for all the family – never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol. 15. Take snacks and entertainment for the plane and coach transfer to resort. As half term is one of the busiest weeks of the season, delays are likely.
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