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Skiing in the summer when the weather warms above the equator means heading to the highest peaks of North America and Europe or flying to the Southern Hemisphere—New Zealand, Australia, Chile or Argentina—where the winter season is in full swing from June to October.

If you're more than just a regular ol' skiing or riding enthusiast who needs to get their fix into the summer months or potentially all year long, stop wondering where to summer ski and check out our picks of the coolest ski resorts for skiing in summer around the world.

1. HINTERTUX, Austria

The Hintertux is one of the few remaining glaciers that's open for skiing 365 days a year. For summer skiing, up to 20 km of slopes are open and accessible via 10 lifts, including the Glacier Bus 3, capable of transporting 3,000 skiers per hour. The Hintertux offers a good range of runs for all levels, but is famous for its steep, challenging terrain. Freestyle fans have their choice from five lines—Pro Line, Medium Line, Easy Line, 2 Jib Lines—at Betterpark Hintertux, which is open from April to the beginning of June, during summer break, and then open again from mid September. The Tuxer Sportbus is a free bus service, which operates year-round transporting guests from Vorderlanersbach, Lanersbach, Juns or Madseit to the bottom of the glacier.

Carving up the slopes on the Hintertux Glacier.  - © Hintertux Tourist Office

Carving up the slopes on the Hintertux Glacier.

Copyright: Hintertux Tourist Office

2. KAPRUN, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun has a large, nearly year-round ski area boasting varied runs and a terrain park. Intermediate skiers and riders will feel particularly at home here. After a few runs, chill out at the Ice Camp (open January to April) with its igloos, ice bar, food court and sun deck with lounge chairs—the perfect spot to relax and listen to music. Non-skiers can take free guided panoramic hikes across the glacier. 

Kaprun - Kitzsteinhorn

Kaprun - Kitzsteinhorn

3. DACHSTEIN, Austria

The Dachstein Glacier above Ramsau am Dachstein features flat, north-facing slopes for predictable snow. That said, Dachstein's alpine skiing offering during the summer months is heavily dependent on weather and snow conditions. Dachstein is the international training center for cross-country skiers, bi-athletes and Nordic combination athletes. In the summertime, gondola reservations are required and can be made easily via phone. Non-skiers have the Dachstein Skywalk, Dachstein Ice Palace, and for the most daring, the suspension bridge and stairway to nowhere. Food and drinks are served at the Glacier Restaurant directly in the mountain station of the Dachstein Gletscherbahn.

4. LES 2 ALPES, France

Les 2 Alpes has one of the largest summer ski glaciers in Europe, with access to skiing between 3200 and 3600 meters in less than 30 minutes. The Mont-de-Lans Glacier is open from late June to late August. A funicular railway, gondola, chairlifts and drags for a combo of 17 ski lifts transport skiers up to 90 ha of prepared glacier (nine blue slopes, one green slope and two red slopes). The snowpark at Les 2 Alpes rivals that of Saas-Fee's glacier, with its slopestyle and big air, cool zone, half-pipe, and Easy Park suitable for beginners. The slopes and lifts are open every day from 7 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and ski camps run throughout the summer.

Summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes  - © Kathy Ribier

Summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes

Copyright: Kathy Ribier

5. TIGNES, France

The Grande Motte Glacier has varied terrain—blue, red and black runs—accessed by chairlifts and drags. The summer ski area is open from late June to early August and serves up 20 km of of pistes plus freestyle terrain, cross-country skiing and a restaurant with a view. It takes less than 10 minutes to get up to the base of the glacier on the underground funicular from Tignes. The glacier closes at 1 p.m., which is a perfect time to take your skis down to the water ramps on the lake.

6. ZERMATT, Switzerland

Open year-round, Zermatt has a whopping 21 km of summer skiing on its Theodul Glacier, the highest and largest summer skiing operation in Europe. In addition to snow-sure pistes, the freestyle Snowpark Zermatt provides one of the best views of that iconic mountain—the Matterhorn. Zermatt visitors can enjoy a variety of summer ski school options with plenty of examples of good form all around as they share the slopes with ski teams in training. Zermatt summer skiing is available until noon, and it's recommended that summer skiers hit the mountain early for the best conditions possible. 

Klein Matterhorn cable car transports skiers up to the Theodul Glacier, Zermatt.  - © Ollie O'Brien

Klein Matterhorn cable car transports skiers up to the Theodul Glacier, Zermatt.

Copyright: Ollie O'Brien

7. SAAS FEE, Switzerland

The Allalin Glacier offers summer and fall skiing from mid-July to late October. The lifts run until between 12-3 p.m. depending on the time of year, but it takes an hour to reach the glacier, so get up early to avoid the slush. The 20-kilometer ski area, just edged in size by Zermatt’s glacier, is well suited to intermediates and is particularly popular with freestylers and race teams. The snowpark has a half-pipe, kickers, rails, boxes and transitions in all shapes and sizes to suit all skill levels. Take a break at the Chill Out Zone with music and couches located below the pipe. The glacier also has a restaurant and sun terrace serving lunch and beers.

A snowboarder catching air and performing a grab at Saas Fee, in the Valais region of Switzerland.  - © Saas-Fee

A snowboarder catching air and performing a grab at Saas Fee, in the Valais region of Switzerland.

Copyright: Saas-Fee

8. WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, British Columbia

Get in an early-morning mountain bike ride then head up to the Horstman Glacier, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between mid-June and late July each year for summer skiing. It is a scenic 45-minute ride up to the glacier via three chairlifts, with views of the entire Whistler Valley from the top. The glacier, served by T-bars, requires advanced to expert skiing ability level. Lunch is served at the European-inspired Horstman Hut, perched at the summit of Blackcomb Mountain.



Located about an hour and a half drive from Portland, Timberline Lodge runs the longest ski season in North America—the Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows the mountain to operate typically June 1st through Labor Day and many years for weekends into the fall as well. The resort grooms several lanes across Palmer Snowfield located on the south face of Mt. Hood. During the warmer months, Timberline Lodge is primarily used for summer ski racing camps and freestyle camps, but the above-treeline terrain always includes one lane for public use. Freestyle terrain parks are a major draw for Timberline Lodge skiers and riders in the summer months, starting in the Mile Canyon and then moving up to Palmer snowfield in the later summer, recommended for advanced skill level skiers and riders only.

Summer ski resort: Palmer Snowfield, Timberline Lodge, Oregon.   - © Charles Dawley

Summer ski resort: Palmer Snowfield, Timberline Lodge, Oregon.

Copyright: Charles Dawley

10. LAS LEÑAS, Argentina

Las Leñas is one of the highest ski resort in Argentina and boasts reliable snow. The mountain's 17,500 hectares (43,000 acres) of pistes (30 runs) are suited to skiers and riders of all levels. Advanced and expert skiers come for the deep off-piste powder. Some of the best powder can be found on the steep bowl and long couloirs accessed from the Marte chairlift. Various ski instruction programs can help you brush up on your skills while the more advanced embark on an adventure into untouched powder with a guide via the Out of Track and Extreme Expedition programs. Three on-mountain restaurants serve refreshments and an array of dishes, French cuisine to stews, salads and various sandwiches.

Summer ski resort: Lifts and slopes of Las Lenas, Argentina.  - © Phil Goth

Summer ski resort: Lifts and slopes of Las Lenas, Argentina.

Copyright: Phil Goth

11. CERRO CATEDRAL, Argentina

Cerro Catedral is one of the biggest ski areas in South America. Its 120 km (75 miles) of runs offer beautiful views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. The 34 lifts include a modern bubble and six-seater chairlift. The slopes are sprinkled with numerous mountain huts for snacks and refreshments. The mountain offers a multitude of non-skiing activities, including various tours, a snowcat ride, tubing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. 

PowderQuest client Cerro Catedral skis Argentina  - © Maxi Artoni

PowderQuest client Cerro Catedral skis Argentina

Copyright: Maxi Artoni


Valle Nevado has plenty of sunshine and plenty of snow. The 37 km (24 miles) of runs are served by some of the most modern lifts in South America, including the very first gondola in Chile as part of a 10-year, $150 million Master Development Plan that will eventually create a Mountain Village at the base of the resort. The ski area also has links with neighboring El Colorado and La Parva to make up the Tres Valles of the Andes for a combined 7,000 acres, 40 chairlifts and four base villages

Sunshine skiing in Valle Nevado, Chile.

Sunshine skiing in Valle Nevado, Chile.


Ski Portillo’s owners have strived to keep it small and intimate. In fact, one of its biggest selling points is that there is no town, no shopping center and no Starbucks. There is just one big yellow hotel, which accommodates 400 people at a time, meaning there are rarely any lift lines and slopes do not suffer from overcrowding. Portillo features 1,235 acres of skiable terrain across 14 lifts and 35 trails with long groomed runs accessed by chairs and drags. For advanced/expert skiers who’ll cover the runs in a matter of hours, it’s the freeriding that is the major draw with its abundance of steep off-piste faces. Heli operations are available to take you to even higher elevations and descents. Portillo also has countless hike-to backcountry areas, and the resort's high altitude means skiing back to your ski-in hotel is the norm.

Previous seasons in Portillo have provided memorable photos like this.  - © Portillo

Previous seasons in Portillo have provided memorable photos like this.

Copyright: Portillo


14. CORONET PEAK, New Zealand

Coronet Peak is one of the most popular ski resort on the South Island of New Zealand, in part due to its proximity to Queenstown 20 minutes away. The varied terrain offers something for everyone: beginners and intermediates have wide blue and red runs while more advanced skiers can hit the terrain park or test their stamina on the longest run, the “M-1”, stretching 2.4 km (1.5 miles). The resort is known for its efficient high-speed chairlifts, and night skiing is offered Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The mountain's Skiwiland - My First Ski School is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education that caters to children 3 months to 5 years old.

Snowboarder taking in the views at Coronet Peak, New Zealand.  - © Adrian Pua

Snowboarder taking in the views at Coronet Peak, New Zealand.

Copyright: Adrian Pua

15. TREBLE CONE, New Zealand

Treble Cone, in Lake Wanaka, covers two basins—the Saddle and Home basin. Both provide some of the best freeriding in New Zealand. Fans of steep and challenging terrain claim Treble Cone has some of the best in the country, with close to half the mountain dedicated to advanced terrain. Expert riders can take guided tours out to the Motatapu Chutes. Beginners and intermediates are not left out however with plenty of long, un-crowded runs.

Skiing powder atop Treble Cone, NZ.  - © Treble Cone/Ben Skinner

Skiing powder atop Treble Cone, NZ.

Copyright: Treble Cone/Ben Skinner

16. PERISHER, Australia

Perisher in New South Wales is the largest ski area in Australia (and the Southern Hemisphere, for that matter). It is made up of four villages: Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Simiggins Holes and Guthega, all of which are connected and offer varied terrain. It’s about a six-hour drive from Sydney, and you'll find plenty of skiing on seven mountain peaks accessed by 47 lifts, including a high-speed eight-seater. Most of the area is intermediate, but beginners and advanced skiers will also find their spots. Freestyle fans will love the five terrain parks and a super-pipe.

Perisher is Australia's biggest ski resort.  - © Perisher Resort

Perisher is Australia's biggest ski resort.

Copyright: Perisher Resort


The best ski resorts for summer skiing around the world are: 

  1. Kaprun, Austria
  2. Dachstein, Austria 
  3. Hintertux, Austria 
  4. Les 2 Alpes, France
  5. Tignes, France
  6. Zermatt, Switzerland
  7. Saas Fee, Switzerland
  8. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
  9. Timberline Lodge, Oregon
  10. Las Leñas, Argentina
  11. Cerro Catedral, Argentina
  12. Valle Nevado, Chile
  13. Ski Portillo, Chile
  14. Coronet Peak, New Zealand
  15. Treble Cone, New Zealand
  16. Perisher, Australia






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