Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in July
by Fraser Wilkin, Updated: 3 July 2019
July may not be the most obvious month to think about skiing, but high up on the Alpine glaciers there is usually still plenty of snow.
Snow depths are most impressive on the Austrian glaciers this year, with 305cm (at the time of writing) up top in Hintertux, for example. Snow depths are more modest on the western side of the Alps, especially in France, although Tignes and Les 2 Alpes are still offering good skiing right now but continuing warm weather may lead to less than ideal snow conditions later in the summer.
Here are the five best places to ski in the Alps in July...
1. Hintertux, Austria
Opening dates: 365 days a year
Open 365 days a year, Hintertux arguably offers the finest summer ski terrain in Europe.
It’s certainly no coincidence how many national ski teams choose to train here. The glacier is steeper and more varied than most, with around 20km of marked piste on offer.
2. Les 2 Alpes, France
Opening dates: 22 June - 24 August 2019
Of France’s three summer ski options, Les 2 Alpes is comfortably the most extensive.
The terrain is mostly easy, but reasonably varied, with potentially 800m of vertical on offer in good conditions. This summer (2019), however, the vertical is limited to around 400m due to construction work.
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: 29 June - 8 Sept 2019
Zermatt is one of only two Alpine resorts that still (weather permitting) offer skiing 365 days a year. The summer skiing here is mostly easy but Zermatt does have the highest pistes in Europe, reaching a dizzying height of 3899m.
Access from the Cervinia side is possible from 29 June to 8 September 2019.
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4. Tignes, France
Opening dates: 21 June - 4 August 2019
It is also one of the easiest summer skiing areas to reach from resort level, just 5 minutes by underground funicular from Tignes Val Claret.
The Grande Motte glacier kicks into action on 21 June 2019 and offers summer skiing through to 4 August 2019.
5. Passo Stelvio, Italy
Opening dates: 1 June - early November 2019
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