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Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in August

by Fraser Wilkin, 18 July 2016

It may be the middle of summer, but high on the Alpine glaciers there is still plenty of snow-sports action to be enjoyed.


Here are five of the best places to ski in Europe in August...

1. Hintertux, Austria

Opening dates:   365 days a year

One of a dwindling number of glaciers to even attempt to offer skiing 365 days a year, Hintertux boasts some of the best glacier skiing in Europe.


Less prone to closure from bad weather than many of its rivals, the variety of gradient and terrain make Hintertux a firm summer favourite with tourists and training camps alike.

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Further info:  www.hintertuxergletscher.at

2. Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Opening dates:  16 July 2016 onwards

Saas-Fee may open relatively late for summer skiing, but the glacial terrain here is that bit steeper and more challenging than its only other serious Swiss rival – Zermatt.


The glacier at Saas-Fee stays open throughout the autumn and is another popular location for training camps and courses.

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Further info:  www.saas-fee.ch

3. Zermatt, Switzerland / Cervinia, Italy

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

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

Nearly all the skiing here is on the Swiss side of the border, above Zermatt, with access also possible from Cervinia during the summer months.


The glacier is extensive and wonderfully scenic, but also very gentle with little in the way of challenge.

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

4. Les 2 Alpes, France

Opening dates:  18 June to 27 August 2016

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

Les 2 Alpes claims to have the largest skiable glacier in the Alps. It is certainly one of the most varied, with jaw-dropping panoramic views and an impressive summer vertical of nearly 800m.


The resort also boasts a world class terrain park, attracting riders and freestylers from around the world.

Further info:  www.les2alpes.com

5. Passo Stelvio, Italy

Opening dates:  28 May to 5 November 2016

One of the lesser known summer ski areas, Passo Stelvio (in the eastern Italian Alps) has an unusual season, offering glacier skiing from June to November.


The area is compact but scenic, with mostly gentle terrain.


Further info:  www.passostelvio.com