Why is it that every year the 5 months (or more) of the season flies by?! The snow starts to melt, the days get longer, soon summer is just around the corner and many ski bums are left thinking what next? 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 our top tips to help any skier or snowboarder get through these summer months.
1. Take up a summer board sport
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.
2. Visit an indoor snow dome
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.
Tamworth SnowDome - Photo: snowdome.co.uk
3. Après in London
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 try Dicks Magic T Bar in Shoreditch for a mountainous backdrop (unfortunately it's just the wallpaper) and sit by a cosy fire with a frozen toffee vodka!
Belowzero Ice Bar London - Photo: londontown.com
4. Summer ski
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 such as Les Deux Alpes, Cervinia and Tignes. 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 or hit the snow park and then mountain bike during the afternoon.
Have a read through our top 5 glacier resorts for summer skiing to give you some inspiration!
Tignes glacier skiing - Photo: en.tignes.net
5. Reminisce with your favourite alpine foods
This may be our 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 - yum! Put on your ski holiday edit in the background and look back at the amazing winter you’ve just had with friends and family and start planning for an even better one next season.
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