Summer skiing in the Alps...14 June 2017
I think everyone in Europe is aware that our last winter was a very long and cold one. I was out in the Alps recently with some clients and some of the locals told me that not only has it been the snowiest season for the last 30 years, but it was also snowing in June!
So if it was still snowing up high in the Alps just a little while ago, why not enjoy it one last time before joining the country’s annual migration to the south’s golden beaches and buzzing harbours?
In France there are two glaciers at 3,500m altitude which are open from mid June to the end of August. These glaciers are located in two of the region’s most popular resorts. I am talking about Tignes and Les 2 Alpes.
Visits to the French Alps during the summer are lot more popular these days, so much so that entire week can be jam-packed full of activities – and definitely enough to quench the thirst of any snow-lover experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
So how about this for a day……Get an early start at 7.30am in order to be ready an hour later for the day’s first lift. Don’t forget your sun cream as the sun is twice stronger than on Cote d’Azur because of the reflection off the snow.
Enjoy the glacier skiing until 1-2pm; the 2 glaciers offer long runs, beautiful snowparks for the freestylers and slaloms for those who want to compete! Then have a lunch at 3000m and take in the panoramic views across the now green valleys. Even though there’s no snow, the mountains are just as breathtaking.
After your long lunch take your pick of activities; mountain biking by using your ski pass, swimming, golf, tennis, water skiing in Tignes’ lake (with jumps) or summer sledging in Les 2 Alpes.
When dinner time comes, make sure you go for your favourite “Specialites savoyardes” and stock up on energy for the next day.
With two new high-end projects in Tignes and one in Les 2 Alpes hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m out there again.