Summer skiing is kicking off in European resorts with Val d’Isere’s Pisaillas glacier above Le Fornet opening earlier this month until the 12th July. Open to all levels of skiers and snowboarders from 7am to 12pm, the glacier has a snow depth of more than 2 metres and strestches from 2,725m to 3,300m above sea level. There are three slopes open to the public and 3 reserved for international ski team training.
In neighbouring Tignes, the Grande Motte glacier opened on the 22nd June and will close right the way into August (4th August) with its lifts operating between 7.15am to 13.00pm. There are great snow conditions on the glacier as its altitude is nice and high at 3,456m.
The new Grande Motte cable car also opened a week ago, allowing both skiers and pedestrians to view panoramic views across the Alps including the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière, the Cime de Bellecôte and Mont Blanc from its roof terrace which can hold up to 20 passengers.
One of the largest skiable glaciers in Europe also opened on the 22nd June and enjoys a 10 week season right up until the 25th August. Les Deux Alpes has a lot going on this summer, and has kicked off with its Outdoor Festival for its third year which celebrates all of its summer activities: skiing and snowboarding of course but also mountain biking, trail running and skateboarding.
This year sees a ski and snowboard freestyle competition as its renowned freestyle park the Duo Pepito on its glacier as well as mountain bike and e-bike rides on its new biking tracks, an enduro mountain bike race, a skateboard competition on its new skate park and trail running races for all abilities ranging from trails of 3 to 39km. Les Deux Alpes’s glacier has 265cm of groomed snow situated above altitudes of 3200m.
The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise in Zermatt and the Hintertux glacier are open all year round. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise has 21km of piste and a snow park at the Plateau Rosa and Austria’s only year round ski resort, the Hintertux Glacier has 60km of slopes. Its pistes have reliable snow conditions that stretch to altitudes of 3,250m.
All the closing dates mentioned are subject to good snow conditions.