Never Lose Your Cool: Where To Go For European Summer Snow

Winter’s coming to a close. Your mates are posting pictures riding in party shirts. And the snow’s quickly becoming wetter than the slush puppies down your local bowling alley. Sad isn’t it? All those good times, powder days, park sunset sessions and piste hooning will soon feel like a distant memory. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Luckily, in Europe there are plenty of opportunities up high to get your snow fix through the summer months. So grab your setup, pack for the snow and head to one of our top destinations for glacier shreds…

 

Hintertux, Austria

Austria’s only year-round ski resort, snow sure Hintertux is open 365 days a year. At 3250m, it offers one of the steepest lift serviced skiing areas in the European Alps through summer. And with 10 lifts and 20km of runs, there’s plenty to do.

Hintertux also has one of the highest terrain parks in Austria. Frequently famed as the best in the Alps, Betterpark boasts 5 jumps lines and a huge amount of jib features for all abilities. The full 1km long Betterpark is open early and late summer and through Autumn.

What’s a day pass worth: €46

 

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Tignes, France

High in the Tarentaise valley, Tignes glacier is open from the 22nd June to 31st August for summer riding. Using the Grand Motte Funicular train, the glacier is accessible in minutes. Aside from the usual piste and park riding, they’ve added two open-top cable cars with 360 views towards Mont Blanc. And if you need a break from riding, lunch with a view at the Panorama Restaurant is well recommended.

Biking and hiking trails surround Tignes to make for a fun afternoon after your morning shred. You can even bike or hike over to neighbouring resort Val d’Isere. Feeling a slower afternoon? The once frozen lake is now melted to reveal a beautiful (if not a little chilly) hang out spot.

What’s a day pass worth: €35

 

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Saas Fee, Switzerland

Open 13th July – 31st October, Saas Fee offers a long summer ski season. Sitting at 3200m with easy cable and Funicular access, Saas Fee’s Allain glacier is a reliable place to find good snow during warmer months. Chuck in an epic revolving restaurant for incredible 360 views of the valley.

Along with 20km of pistes, Saas Fee has a world class superpipe and freestyle park with two kicker lines and a range of jib features. If you’re about hanging out more than hitting the park, there’s a cool Chill Out Zone to spectate from. And, if you’re looking for something a little different, try taking out one of the fat bikes for a spin!

What’s a day pass worth: 75 CHF

 

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Stubai Glacier, Austria

Extending Spring into mid June, Stubai Glacier is famous for one thing; it’s incredible terrain park. With easy access from Innsbruck and a world class park, athletes flock to Stubai from all over the globe for spring sessions. Hosting numerous freestyle camps on the glacier, it is well worth booking in if you’re looking to progress your riding through the summer months. 

As well as the rad terrain park, Stubai has a huge selection of pistes to cruise at your leisure (the longest is 10km long!). What’s more, Stubai has an incredible viewing platforms to take in the Tirol valley views.

What’s a day pass worth: €40

 

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Les Deux Alpes, France

When you think of summer riding, it’s hard to not think of L2A. Known for it’s good vibes, fun park and big freestyle scene, Les Deux Alpes is ideal for a rad getaway with your mates. Open 22nd June – 25th August, DJ bars on the slope run parties throughout the summer.

With a 6 day ski pass, a multi-activity pass is included for four linked resorts: Alpe d’Huez, Serre Chevalier, Puy St Vincent or Montgenèvre. So when the glacier shuts at 12.30, you can pass the afternoon by the outdoor pool, playing tennis or golf, or take a rip down the sick bike park.

What’s a day pass worth: €40

 

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