Best glacier ski resorts

As the summer rolls around and days start to get longer and hotter, most of us completely forget about skiing. But with snow-sure glaciers on many mountain peaks, it’s possible to ski year-round! In addition to bluebird days and reliable snow conditions, you’ll have the pistes all to yourself while the rest of the chumps are at the crowded beach. What’s not to love?

© Tignes
France, Tignes

The Grand Motte glacier at Tignes is open in July and early August for sweet summer skiing all morning long. 20km of pistes and 750m of vertical drop will make you forget that it’s not the middle of winter! Read more...

  • Family-friendly ski resort
  • Breathtaking panoramic views
  • Glacier snowpark
© Les Deux Alpes

Glacier skiing at Les Deux Alpes is done on the Mont de Lans glacier, which offers a staggering 800m of vertical drop and up to 16 lifts. Finish off the perfect sunny day with a barbecue at the snowpark. Read more...

  • Good selection of beginner’s slopes on the glacier
  • Lively ski resort atmosphere
  • Renowned glacier snowpark
© Val d'Isère
France, Val d'Isère

Val d’Isère tops the list in almost every area and glacier skiing is no exception! The Pissaillas glacier even has slalom skiing so you can sharpen your skills over the summer. Partiers won’t be disappointed with the après-ski. Read more...

  • Slalom skiing on the glacier
  • Former Olympic ski resort
  • Traditional-style resort centre
© Zermatt
Switzerland, Zermatt

Zermatt’s glacier has terrain for every level, from wide slopes to demanding mogul runs. Freestylers will love the Gravity Snowboard Park, one of the best on the continent. The stylish village attracts a rather posh crowd. Read more...

  • Largest summer skiing area in Europe
  • Impressive views of the Matterhorn
  • Pistes at almost 4000m altitude
© Passo Tonale

The Ghiacciaio Presena glacier at the Italian ski resort of Passo Tonale boasts summer skiing with reliable snowfall and fantastic views. The area around the resort is rich in history and offers plenty to explore. Read more...

  • Access to fabulous off-piste routes, conditions permitting
  • Sunny slopes
  • Picturesque village with animated nightlife
© Jenny Elliott, Alpe d'Huez
France, Alpe d'Huez

Awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc, Mont Cervin and the Meije await skiers at the Pic Blanc glacier, which opens in July for summer skiing. The glacier is not the largest but makes up for its size with the variety of its slopes. Read more...

  • Nicknamed the “Island of the Sun”
  • Lots of activities for non-skiers
  • Varied nightlife and excellent cuisine
© Stubai Glacier
Austria, Neustift

The stats at Stubai Glacier are astounding: 26 lifts and 35 pistes, including a new valley run. Far from being an appendix to a larger resort, Stubai Glacier is an established ski area in its own right with piles of natural snow. Read more...

  • Biggest glacier ski area in Austria
  • Stubai Zoo Snow Park popular with young freestylers
  • Open from October until June
© Hintertux Glacier
Austria, Mayrhofen

Those who appreciate beautifully groomed slopes and cosy on-mountain restaurants with a view need look no further than the Hintertux Glacier. The nearby ski resort of Mayrhofen offers bars, restaurants and other activities. Read more...

  • Year-long snowpark with halfpipe
  • Access to 3250m of altitude for disabled skiers
  • Open 365 days a year
© Kaprun
Austria, Kaprun

Linked to the ski resort of Kaprun, the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is open from October until May with guaranteed snow cover and a good chance of powder. Beginners are especially spoilt for choice, with lots of wide slopes. Read more...

  • Quaint, family-friendly resort town
  • Snow park with half pipe
  • Summertime “Ice Arena” with snow beach and ice bar
© Engelberg-Titlis
Switzerland, Engelberg

Engelberg-Titlis has mostly north-facing slopes, which helps account for the reliable snow cover all season long. The ski area is also known for its off-piste possibilities, including a 1000m drop from the tip of Titlis. Read more...

  • Easy to access from Zurich airport
  • Snow Fun Park open for tubing in summer
  • Season from October to May