Thanks to a cooler spring and record-breaking snowfall totals this winter, several of Europe’s ski resorts have reopened glacier summer skiing and snowboarding recently, among them: Alpe d’Huez, Cortina, Zermatt and most recently, Verbier.
Italy’s Cortina, which is connected to the Switzerland’s Zermatt ski resort, opened two weekends ago, and was followed the week after by France’s Alpe d’Huez, which recently saw the Tour de France come through.
This weekend, Verbier opened its lifts to anxious skiers and snowboarders looking to get some sun-basked turns in. Verbier’s 10,800-plus-foot Mont Fort glacier area to Col de Gentianes cable car. The total vertical descent in this zone is over 1,300 feet.
Apres-ski and high altitude dining enthusiasts will be pleased to know Verbier has opened two restaurants, one at the top of Mont Fort, which offers a mind-blowing view, and one at Gentianes. Summer glacier skiing and snowboarding lift tickets cost around $30 making it an affordable last-minute ski vacation.
Many visitors are taking advantage of both the resorts mountain biking trails and glacier skiing and riding, and many are paricipating in both activities in one day. Summer skiing in the Alps is an experience like no other, since the gorgeous weather allows for a wide array of outdoor activities, and stunning snow-capped views.