On these glaciers you can ski around the year

We are eagerly looking forward to a world in which we can travel again. The ski season of 2020/2021, when the time comes, will almost certainly be over. But these glaciers can also be used late in the season, some even in the summer.

Austria

‘s largest glacier area in Europe

: Stubai and Hintertux Glacier

Zwieren over wide, snow-sure slopes with breathtaking views? Austria is the largest glacier area in Europe. Stubai Glacier has no less than 80 glaciers and 110 kilometers of slopes. You will also find the ‘Top of Tyrol‘: a panoramic platform hanging above the abyss, overlooking no less than 109 ‘three thousandchannels, or mountains over three kilometres high. 360 degrees around you can see Zillertaler and the Stubai Alps to the Dolomites and the Limestone Alps.

The Stubai Valley with villages such as Neustift, Fulpmes and Schönberg is within an hour‘s drive from Innsbruck and is easily accessible. On the glaciers snow is guaranteed from the end of September until sometimes mid-June.

Close the Stubai Glacier at some point, on the Hintertux glacier you can go 365 days a year, even in summer. You will then have about twenty kilometers of slopes and a fun park at your disposal. Recommended is the Natural Ice Palace where you can walk around in the glacier and make a boat tour deep in the belly or even supper.

Views of Mont Blanc

France: Tignes and Les Deux Alpes

Ski Resort Tignes, along with the Val d’Isère located just further away in Savoie-Mont Blanc, offers 300 kilometres of consecutive slopes in winter. The wide slopes of Espace Killy, as they are called together, are a pleasure to ski on. There is a fun park and those looking for even more challenges can go bungee skiing. You have a beautiful view of the famous Mont Blanc. Thanks to the Grand Motte glacier and the lake, it is snow-sure and can also be skied in summer.

Also that other famous French glacier area Les Deux Alpes is due to its high position at 3600 meters and the presence of the glacier snow sure from early to late in the season. With its many fun parks and boardercross it is a feast for freestylers.

Long descents

Italy: Breuil-Cervinia and Passo dello Stelvio

On the flanks of the Matterhorn on one side and the Monta Rosa on the other, is located in South Tyrol Breuil Cervinia. Italy‘s highest ski resort, together with the Swiss Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, is the highest summer ski resort in Europe. Thanks to the glacier you can ski all year round. The slopes are wide and sloping and therefore ideal for beginners. Those looking for more challenges, cross the Rosa plateau to Zermatt in Switzerland. You will also find the longest descent in the world; from the Piccolo Cervino 22 kilometers of red slope back to the valley.

Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt share a ski resort with over 300 km of slopes in winter. These long descents and challenging slopes make the area popular among top athletes who work on their technique in the summer.

The Passo dello Stelvio, or the Stifslerjoch, is a small ski area on a glacier. But unique because you can only ski in summer. To get there, you have to cross the famous Stelviopas and which is closed all winter because of the snow.

At the tip of the world

Switzerland: Aletsch Arena and Saas Fee

The Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss canton of Valais is the largest in the Alps with a length of almost 24 kilometres and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Because the slopes are on the south side, you will find the most sunshine hours in Switzerland. Plenty of clear weather and panoramic views of the most beautiful four thousand channels: the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Weisshorn and Dent-Blanche. From the high plateau, the ski area extends over 140 kilometres of slopes to the Plaine Morte glacier at 3000 metres. The ten-square kilometre glacier is also an attraction in the summer. You can take fantastic tours with views over the valley.

Switzerland has another glacier of size. The world’s tallest funicular railway takes you through the Fee Glacier in just a few minutes where it feels like you‘re at the highest point in the world. The area around Saas Fee with the impressive Alpine giants in the background impresses. You can also visit the largest ice pavilion in the world. No less than 5500 cubic metres of ice cave, carved into a glacier, is a landmark for young and old.

Good to know

* Glacier skiing may sound exciting. In practice, however, you notice little of it, except for fine wide slopes and good snow.

* If you visit the glacier in winter, take into account the cold. You are at high altitude and it can blow quite a bit so that the (sensed) temperature can be quitedescend.

* If you ski in the low or low season, go early, because at the beginning of the afternoon the quality of the snow is quickly reduced. The lift times have also been adapted to this. They often open early in the summer. Here, too, dress well. Even if it’s warm downstairs in summer, it can be frosty cold on the glacier.

* Keep lubricating by at least a factor of 50, the bright sun reflecting in the snow-white snow is treacherously strong at this altitude.

* The glaciers are melting hard and the season is getting shorter and shorter. Therefore, check what is the state of affairs in the area you want to visit.

* Many ski resorts are now open, but the travel advice from the Netherlands is currently negative until mid-March.