Where to ski in the Alps in June
by Fraser Wilkin, 26 May 2016
June is probably the quietest month for skiing in the Alps, with only a handful if glacier based options available, most of which are in Austria.
That said, snow conditions are looking rather good this year, thanks to an unusually cold and unsettled spring.
Here's a full list of where is open for summer skiing this June, and when...
Val d’Isère plans to open on 12 June until 17 July 2016. The glacier here is served by just two lifts and is by far the smallest of France’s three summer ski options.
Nearby Tignes offers a far bigger ski area and is scheduled to open from 25 June to 7 August 2016.
Les 2 Alpes, France’s largest and most varied summer ski area, opens on 18 June 2016. The glacier here offers 300 acres of terrain and is scheduled to remain open until 27 August 2016.
Surprisingly perhaps, Zermatt is the only resort in Switzerland offering any skiing in June these days. Weather permitting, its extensive glacier endeavours to open 365 days a year.
Options in Italy are limited in June, with only the (underrated) glacier at Passo Stelvio (near Bormio) offering skiing throughout the entire month. The operation here runs through from 28 May until early November 2016. It is not open in the winter.
The only other option this year, Cervinia, closed for the winter season on 22 May 2016 and is not scheduled to re-open for the summer season until 27 June 2016. It will then continue to operate until 4 September 2016. Note that most of Cervinia's summer ski area is on the Swiss side (shared with Zermatt).
Austria has the greatest number of skiing options in the Alps in June.
The glacier above Hintertux is widely regarded as offering the most varied and challenging summer terrain in the Alps and is open 365 days a year. The Stubai glacier, normally another good option, closes early this year on 29 May 2016 for maintenance.
The next best option is the Kitzsteinhorn glacier near Kaprun, which stays open until 24 July 2016.
Other smaller options include the little known Dachstein glacier (open as long as snow permits) and the Mölltal glacier (open from 18 June 2016 onwards).