Summer Skiing in Europe: Listing the Top 8 Resorts

If you’re suffering from end of ski season blues, we’re here to help relieve some of your despair. Despite the snow melting away from many resorts, it’s still possible to find summer skiing in Europe that will keep skis on your feet.

Visiting Europe’s summer ski resorts is a fantastic experience. Combining skiing in the morning and sunbathing in the afternoon is utterly unique and incredibly enjoyable.

Some of the resorts we have listed will extend your winter through the spring, while others offer skiing year-round. The one thing they all have in common is ample snow that can keep you skiing longer than most winters allow.

Zermatt (Switzerland)

  • Operational Months: Year-Round
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 25km (15.5miles)
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3800m (12,467ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 8

It’s not hard to see why Zermatt is famed as one of the best ski resorts in Europe. It has a picturesque town, epic views and is home to the largest area for summer skiing in Europe.

The whopping 25km of summer ski terrain is located on the aptly named Klein Matterhorn. The views of Switzerland’s most iconic mountain, The Matterhorn, are epic. As is the ski area.

The glacier features a combination of blue and red slopes that are some of the most snow-sure in Europe. The freestyle snowpark is also popular, providing a great place to learn new tricks against an ‘instagrammable’ backdrop.

Those that choose to catch the lift bright and early are rewarded with the best snow conditions. Once at the top, you will find ski race teams making the most of the morning hardpack by performing summer slalom training.

Zermatt is arguably the best place to go summer skiing in Europe

Hintertux (Austria)

  • Operational Months: Year-Round
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 20km (12.4miles)
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3250m (10,663ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 10

Hintertux is one of the most popular summer skiing locations in Europe. Offering skiing 365 days per year, it has become a hub for summer training camps and snow seeking tourists.

The resort is well known for its challenging ski terrain; with a selection of blue, red and black slopes open during the summer months. The slopes are serviced by a selection of gondolas, chairlifts and t-bars; with the main gondola capable of transporting 3000 skiers per hour.

The Hintertuxer Gletscher is also home to a popular snowpark, locally known as ‘Betterpark’. It features a selection of rails, boxes and kickers that draw freestyle enthusiasts from across the Alps.

The summer atmosphere is felt both on and off the slopes, with lively après ski bars found at the foot of the mountain. Shorts, t-shirts and live music will be the theme of your evenings. Just make sure you’re ready to catch the first lift in the morning.

Hintertux Summer Ski Slope
Hintertux is an excellent summer skiing destination (Image: Maciej Szczepaniak CC BY 2.0)

Les 2 Alpes (France)

  • Operational Months: June-August
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 90 Hectares
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3600m (11,811ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 17

Les 2 Alpes is known as one of France’s best ski areas, while also hosting the nation’s biggest summer skiing area. Between the months of June and August, you will find 90 hectares of skiing available on the Mont-de-Lens Glacier.

The ski area offers up to 8 slopes during the summer: two green, four blue and two red. These slopes sit between the altitudes of 3200-3600meters (10,499-11,811ft) and are serviced by a number of chairlifts and t-bars.

As with most glacier ski areas, Les 2 Alpes offers a substantial terrain park. It has 4 snowsports ‘zones’: easy park, slopestyle, big and rail park. You will also discover music, deck chairs and BBQ food on offer; all of which are enjoyable in the warm summer sun.

Les 2 Alpes has a great variety of slopes that can be accessed by skiers of most ability levels. It’s also comparatively easy to get to the slopes in less than 30 minutes using the funicular railway.

Les 2 Alpes Summer Snowpark
The Les 2 Alpes snowpark is a popular summer attraction

Saas Fee (Switzerland)

  • Operational Months: July-October
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 20km
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3600m (11,811ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 10

Saas Fee is known as a popular summer skiing destination for national teams, so ski world cup followers won’t be disappointed. However, the 20km of pistes aren’t just for experts, with well-groomed intermediate slopes available to please the ‘less aggressive’ skiers.

The ski slopes can be reached by the underground gondola, which takes roughly an hour to ascend the mountain. Early-starters will be rewarded with the best snow, with the conditions getting rather slushy in the afternoon.

Of course, no real summer skiing area would be complete without a freestyle area. The Allalin glacier summer park has features to suit all levels; including a half-pipe, rails, boxes and a selection of kickers.

One of the key Saas Fee glacier talking points is the Mittelallalin revolving restaurant. Sitting at 3500m (11,483ft) it is the world’s highest revolving restaurant, providing epic views of the surrounding mountains.

Saas Fee Summer Skiing Revolving Restaurant
Summer skiing in saas fee is more than just snowsports

Tignes (France)

  • Operational Months: June-August
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 20km
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3456m (11,339ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 10

Tignes is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts, so many will be pleased to find out that it has a vibrant summer skiing scene. High up on The Grand Motte Glacier, you will find 20km of groomed slopes that can be enjoyed between the months of July and August.

The ski area is diverse enough for skiers of various ability. Blue, red and black slopes are all accessible by an efficient network of chairlifts and drag lifts.

 The ski area is remarkably easy to access, taking just seven minutes by funicular to reach the base of the glacier. Following this, you can continue your journey on the unique ‘open top’ cable car, giving you remarkable views of the surrounding Alps.

Like most top-rated summer ski areas, Tignes is equipped with an excellent snowpark. Moguls, kickers, rails and a half-pipe are capable of satisfying both amateurs and pros.

With the summer sun rapidly turning the snow into slush, the glacier will usually close at around 1pm. Once you’re back in the village; hiking, biking, climbing and rafting kayaking are possible for anyone looking for another adventure.

Tignes Summer Skiing Area
TIgnes is one of the most popular summer skiing resorts in Europe

Kaprun (Austria)

  • Operational Months: July
  • Total Summer Ski Area: 15km
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3000m (9,843ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 8

If you’re looking to extend your ski season, then Kaprun is a good choice. Their winter season is unique in length, officially finishing at the start of June. After a short break, the lifts reopen for a short summer season throughout the month of July, before closing again until October.

The 15km of summer ski slopes are predominantly made up of reds and blues. All of the skiing is located on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, which can be accessed by taking a number of gondolas from the village of Kaprun.

 The terrain park features an array of jumps and jibs that are well set for intermediate freestyle skiers and riders. All of this is enjoyed while overlooking the Hohe Tauern National Park, which has picturesque views in every direction.

Once it’s time to rest your legs, you can take a break by visiting the ‘Ice Arena’. It includes deck chairs, snow slides, igloos and an exceedingly popular ‘ice bar’ that is sure to keep adults entertained.

Kitzsteinhorn Summer Skiing Glacier
The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier offers some great summer skiing

Tyrol (Austria)

  • Operational Months: Until The End Of June
  • Total Summer Ski Area: Up to 99km
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3200m (10,499ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 26

The Stubai Glacier, located in the Tyrol region, is well-known as Austria’s largest spring and early summer skiing area. The ski season here doesn’t finish until the end of June, before reopening for winter in late September.

The glacier has up to 99km of piste to ski depending on the weather. If you’re heading out in May or June, you should expect to have less than 20km of terrain open.

The Stubai Glacier also proves a popular place for national race teams from across Europe to participate in summer practice. For anyone less advanced, there is a selection of blue runs that descend from the ‘top of the Tyrol’.

The ski area is best reached by car from the nearest ski resort of Neustift. Despite being more challenging to reach than other areas on this list, having your own transport will give you a great excuse to explore the beautiful villages across the Tyol area.

Stubai Glacier Summer Skiing In Europe
The Stubai Glacier provides summer skiing until the end of June

Passo Stelvio (Italy)

  • Operational Months: June-November
  • Total Summer Ski Area: Up to 20km
  • Ski Area Max. Elevation: 3450m (11,319ft)
  • Operational Summer Ski Lifts: Up to 6

Anyone looking to ski year-round in Italy should be heading to Passo Stelvio. The high altitude Stelvio Glacier makes for great morning ski conditions, with plenty of national teams from around the world training here.

The terrain is relatively shallow, with seven blue slopes providing a great place for intermediates to improve their technique. You will also find two red slopes and one black that can test anyone more advanced, with the available slopes dependent on the snow quality that year.

As you might expect, the best snow conditions can be found during the morning hours. Taking the lift at 7am will guarantee you the best chance of skiing hardpack, with the lifts closing at 1pm when things start to get slushy.

Besides the selection of groomed slopes, you can find two cross-country ski tracks at the foot of the glacier. The snow stops where the ski area hits the highest mountain pass in Italy, with winding roads making for an interesting journey back down the mountain.

Summing Up

If you’re planning to go summer skiing in Europe, we’re sure these resorts will spark your imagination. Spending time on the slopes during the warmer months is a unique experience that is well worth your time.

Skiing in the morning and sunbathing in the afternoon is part of what makes summer skiing so popular. It can feel like two holidays combined into one, making for a truly unforgettable experience.

No matter which European resort you choose to visit, be sure to check the local snow reports before making your booking. Once you have found the most snow-sure option, we can almost guarantee you will have a fantastic time.

Have you been summer skiing in Europe? If so, what’s your favourite resort? Leave a comment and let us know!