Summer skiing in France
For those who are already missing the snow, for those who do not have the patience to wait until the first snows of November, there is still summer skiing. This year in France, three summer ski areas welcome you from mid-June to the end of August.
Where to practise summer skiing in France?
France has four summer ski areas, all located in the Alps, on glaciers at more than 3000 meters altitude:
– Val d’Isère and its Pissaillas glacier,
– Tignes and the Grande Motte glacier,
– Les 2 Alpes and the glacier of the same name,
– Alpe d’Huez on the Pic Blanc glacier.
In total, nearly 40km of ski slopes remain open every summer.
► Summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes, see our new properties in L2A
Les 2 Alpes offers the largest ski glacier in Europe. You can ski between 3200 meters and 3600 meters of altitude (Dome of the Lauze) or 400 meters of uneven. The ski area in summer benefits both experts and beginners alike, as well as Freestylers as Les 2 Alpes, have an internationally renowned Snow park open daily from 7 am to 12.30 pm.
In less than 30 minutes you will reach one of the largest glaciers in Europe.
– 17 lifts: 2 gondolas, 1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, 8 ski lifts, 2 snow lifts, 1 funicular and 1 inclined lift.
– 90 hectares of glaciers: 9 blue slopes – 1 green slope – 2 red slopes.
The slopes and lifts are open daily from 7.15 am to 12.30 pm.
► Summer skiing in Tignes
On the Grande Motte glacier, the summer ski area of Tignes stretches between 3000 and 3456m of altitude! 20 kilometres of slopes are accessible from mid-June to early September. Slalom stadiums, snowpark with half pipe, mogul skiing stadiums and a dozen publicly accessible slopes, the Tignes ski area is one of the biggest ski areas in Europe in summer! From Val Claret, the highest ski resort in Tignes at 2100m, the Perce Neige funicular allows you to reach the estate in only 7 minutes!
– 20 km of tracks and 11 lifts open daily from 7.15 am to 1 pm.
Important: the Grande Motte cable car will be closed this summer due to a complete renovation. Its reopening is scheduled for this autumn.
► Summer skiing in Val d’Isère
The small glacier of Pissaillas, in the commune of Bonneval sur Arc is part of Espace Killy. The highest point of the Val d’Isère ski area, the glacier welcomes summer ski enthusiasts from mid-June until mid-July (depending on snow conditions). With its two artificially snow-capped pistes, a slalom stadium, it is very pleasant to ski because of the few people and the non-existent wait from the two lifts! From 2700 to 3200m altitude, the sunny area all day mainly hosts French ski clubs! From the Iseran pass, the highest pass in Europe, you can reach the Cascade Express chairlift, which opens the doors of the Pissaillas glacier!
► Summer skiing at Alpe d’Huez (see our new properties in Alpe d’Huez)
After a dozen years of interruption, summer skiing resumes service on the glacier of Pic Blanc above the Alpe d’Huez. The opening of this summer ski area is nonetheless “random” and highly dependent on snow conditions. However, when the conditions are met, 10 km of ski runs are available for skiing (including the famous Sarenne piste).