If you really love skiing or just want a winter holiday in the summer, there are ways to achieve that. High mountains in North America and Europe have ski resorts that are open the whole year. Also, you could go to the Southern Hemisphere where it’s winter from June to October and visit some ski resorts in New Zealand, Chile or Argentina.
These are some of the best-rated ski resorts that work the whole year and they have different activities apart from skiing for you to enjoy.
1. Hintertux, Austria
This ski resort is open for the whole year so you can go anytime you like it. It’s got 22 kilometers of runs that are designed to suit each category and level. In addition to that, it has steep and challenging terrain types for professional skiers to try. Freestylers can practice at Betterpark.
Gorgeous sights can also be visited in Hintertux, one of them being the Ice palace which has ice crystals and stalactites, a glacial lake whose surface reflects the sun, and some frozen waterfalls to fulfill the scenery. Another great place to visit while in Hintertux is the publicly highest accessible cave called the Spannagel cave.
2. Les 2 Alpes, France
From June to August you can enjoy skiing at Mont-de-Lans Glacier in France. Work time hours are different in summer, the resort opens at 7:30 AM and closes at 12:30 PM. Natural snow is guaranteed on this glacier because of its high altitude of 3,600 meters. It has 11 runs: one green, nine blue and one red, a Snowpark which is perfect for beginners and has Ski camps throughout the summer where children and adults can learn skiing.
3. Zermatt, Switzerland
The biggest and highest ski resort in Europe resides on Theodul Glacier. This ski resort has 21 kilometers of runs and a Snowpark. It has natural snow and because of that, a lot of international teams come here to practice. Runs are divided into blue and red and skiers can enjoy them until noon. There are a lot of other outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy, such as biking, kick biking, hiking, and others.
4. Timberline Lodge, Oregon
This ski resort has the longest ski season in North America. It is open from June 1st to September and is quite close to Portland. The resort is used for summer ski racing camps during the warm months. Freestyle camps are also very popular there and there are a lot of runs for non-racers to use. Terrain parks are recommended only for skillful skiers and they go from Mile Canyon to Palmer snowfield.
5. Ski Portillo, Chile
Privacy is what this resort guarantees, given the fact that it only has one hotel which can hold up to 400 people a time. So you know that there aren’t going to be big crowds in front of the lifts. For advanced or expert skiers there are Helicopter operations that transport people to the highest tops of the mountain. You can also go on countless hikes there.
6. Coronet Peak, New Zealand
This resort is very close to Queenstown and that is one of the reasons for its popularity. Another reason is the variety of runs. There are different kinds of runs for everyone. The blue and green runs are numerous and beginners can practice their skills there. There are also red runs for expert skiers and the possibility to try out their abilities on the longest run called the M-1 with 2.4 km in length. This center also has a Ski School for children. If you want to see what skiing at night feels like, that is possible there.