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Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in July

by Fraser Wilkin, Updated: 29 June 2016

July may not be the most obvious month to think about skiing, but high up on the Alpine glaciers there is still plenty of snow.

 

Fraser Wilkin suggests five of the best glaciers to hit next month...

1. Hintertux, Austria

Opening dates:   365 days a year

Open 365 days a year, Hintertux offers arguably the finest summer ski terrain in Europe.

 

Certainly it’s no coincidence how many national ski teams choose to train here. The glacier is steeper and more varied than most, with around 22km of marked piste.

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Further info:  www.hintertuxergletscher.at

2. Les 2 Alpes, France

Opening dates:  18 June - 27 August 2016

Les 2 Alpes, France - Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in July Photo: Les 2 Alpes/Vincent Lozzi

Of France’s three summer ski options, Les 2 Alpes is comfortably the most extensive.

 

The terrain is mostly easy, but reasonably varied, with nearly 800m of vertical on offer in good conditions. The glacier in Les 2 Alpes also boasts a world class terrain park.

 

Further info:  www.les2alpes.com

3. Zermatt, Switzerland / Cervinia, Italy

Opening dates:  Zermatt: 365 days   Cervinia: 25 June - 4 Sept 2016

Cervinia, Italy - Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in July Photo: Cervino SpA

Zermatt is one of only two Alpine resorts that still (weather permitting) offer skiing 365 days a year. The glacier terrain here is a bit on the flat side, but is very extensive with long verticals of nearly 1000m in good conditions.

 

Access from the Cervinia side is possible from 25 June to 4 September 2016.

 

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Further info:  www.zermatt.ch  www.cervinia.it

4. Tignes, France

Opening dates:  25 June - 7 August 2016

Tignes cannot quite match the variety of terrain or scenery on offer in Les 2 Alpes, but if anything the glacier here is a little steeper - and still reasonably extensive by summer skiing standards.

 

The Grande Motte glacier kicks into action on 25 June 2016 offering summer skiing through to 7 August 2016.

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Further info: www.tignes.net

5. Passo Stelvio, Italy

Opening dates:  28 May - 5 November 2016

One of the lesser known summer ski areas in the Alps, Passo Stelvio offers around 20km of mostly wide and gentle runs, with a top altitude of 3450m.

 

The main glacier is accessible from the Passo Stelvio pass (a short drive from Bormio), and has a reputation for keeping its snow better than some of its rivals.

 

Further info:  www.passostelvio.com