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The 12 Best Summertime Ski Resorts in the World

The slopes are not just for a winter holiday, did you know you could enjoy them during the summer also? Summer skiing means you’ll tackle the highest peaks of Europe and North America or enjoy the beauty of New Zealand or South America. In this article, MyBaggage.com bring you the best summertime Ski Resorts in the World.

1 – Kaprun, Austria

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Enjoy year-round skiing in Kaprun, thanks to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Offering a variety of terrains, intermediate skiers will feel at home here. After a day enjoying the slopes, rest and unwind at the Ice Camp, with its igloos and Ice Bar. For those who don’t fancy spending the whole holiday skiing, you can also take a free guided hike across the glacier, where you will enjoy panoramic views.

2 – Les 2 Alpes, France

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The Mont-de-Lans Glacier is open from the middle of June to late August. This is one of the largest summer ski areas in Europe and rivals that of Saas-Fee’s glacier. Ski camps run throughout the summer and offer easy terrain suitable for beginners. There is railway transport up the glaciers 11 runs (nine blue, one red, one green), which are served by chairlifts.

3 – Zermatt, Switzerland

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Zermatt boasts 21 km suitable for summer skiing on the Theodul Glacier. The area is shared with Cervinia in Italy, so if you fancy it you can easily ski over the border for lunch. Runs are available in blues and reds and the Gravity Park will offer incredible views of the famous Matterhorn mountain.

4 – Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

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The Horstman Glacier is open between 11 am and 3 pm from mid-June to late July. It is served by T-bars and caters to advanced to expert skiers. To reach the glacier you will enjot a 45-minute scenic ride via three chairlifts, with spectacular views of Whislter Vallery from the top.

5 – Timberline Lodge, Oregon

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Timberline Lodge is situated about an hour and a half from Portland and runs the longest ski season in North America. The lodge is mainly used for summer ski racing camps in the summer months, however, one lane is always reserved for public use. The major draw is the freestyle terrain parks that start from the Mile Canyon and move up to the Palmer Snowfield, however, this is recommended to advanced skill level skiers only.

6 – Las Leñas, Argentina

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Las Leñas is one of the highest ski resorts in Argentina. The mountains are suited to skiers and riders of all levels, whereas advanced skiers come for the deep off-piste powder, which can be found on the steep bowl and long couloirs accessed from the Marte chairlift. The resort offers a variety of ski instruction programmes and extreme expedition programmes for more advanced skiers. After a long day of skiing, you can unwind in one of the restores three mountain restaurants.

7 – Valle Nevado, Chile

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Enjoy sunshine and plenty of snow at Valle Nevado. Served by some of the most modern ski lifts in South America, the 37km of runs are part of a million dollar development plan to create a mountain village at the base of the resort.

8 – Coronet Peak, New Zealand

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This is one of the most popular ski resorts on the southern Island of New Zealand as Queenstown is only 20 minutes away. It also boasts a variety of terrain, so there is something for everyone, regardless of your skiing ability. The mountain’s Skiwiland – My First Ski School is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education that looks after children from 3 months to 5 years old. This makes this an ideal choice if you are travelling with children.

9 – Perisher, Australia

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Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. It is made up of four villages: Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Simiggins Holes and Guthega. They are all connected and each offers a variety of terrain. Only a six-hour drive from Sydney, there are seven mountains to ski on, accessed by 47 lifts. Most of the terrain is intermediate, but there are also options for beginners and advanced skiers. If freestyle is more your thing, then you’ll love the five terrain parks and a super-pipe.

10 – Dachstein, Austria

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Dachstein is the international training centre for cross-country skiers, bi-athletes and Nordic combination athletes. It offers predictable powder conditions and a summer gondola which runs from 07:50 am to 5:30 pm. But it’s not all ski slopes, you can also enjoy the Dachstein Skywalk, Dachstein Ice Palace and the adrenaline-inducing suspension bridge.

11 – Tignes, France

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The summer ski season at the Grande Motte Glacier is open from mid-June to August. Offering a mixed terrain of blue, red and black runs, it takes just 7minutes to get to the base of the glacier. The most popular section is the North Face as it isn’t too steep and the Tignes summer ski school, runs five days a week, in case you need to brush up on your skills.

12 – SAS FEE, Switzerland

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You can access the Allalin Glacier through the underground gondola. It is open from mid-July to late October with the lights running from 12-3pm. Depending on the time of year it can take an hour to get to the glacier, so prepare for an early morning start. It’s ideal for those with intermediate ski skills and is popular with race teams and freelancers. When you’ve finished hitting the slopes you can relax and relive your day in the glacier restaurant and sun terrace.

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