Getting withdrawal from the snow already? Us too! To help beat the summer blues we’ve lined up our favourite places to get your ski fix this summer, here's our Top 10: 

1. Zermatt, Switzerland

 Zermatt in the Summer

Zermatt is one of only two resorts in Europe to be open 365 days a year! Guaranteed snow on the glacier makes Zermatt a perfect place to book a summer trip, the resort is also a climbing mecca and large enough to have a real buzz in summer too. Best of all is the views though, you'll be skiing under the famous Matterhorn, undoubtedly one of the most striking and beautiful mountains in the world. 


2. Tignes, France

If you are looking to brush up on your technique over summer then Tignes is surely the place to head, many of the ski schools who operate here in the winter, also have summer operations and there are countless camps available for everything from piste work to park technique. Tignes also has a host of complementary activities available for the afternoons when the snow gets too slushy to ski.

SUP boarding in Tignes, France

Available with your Sporttignes pass, which you can claim free when spending just one night in resort, you can take in a host of activities including; air bag jumps into the lake, stand up paddle boarding and mountain biking to name a few -  just make sure you still have enough energy to ski the next day! 

 Summer skiing in Tignes


3. Hintertux, Austria

Hintertux is also open 365 and there is superb skiing available on the glacier, often home to BASI exams and race teams in the summer, this is the place to come for some serious training! 


4. Les Deux Alpes - France

Les Deux Alpes is another of France's glacier resorts with a great offering for summer skiers. L2A has a fantastic park which is the main draw for most who venture here during the summer, athough there is also a good selection of both on and off piste activities. 

L2A Glacier


5. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Whistler is a year round adventure junkie's mecca and the summer season certainly does not slow this bustling resort down. There is a large year-round population in Whistler who keep the buzz of the village alive even when the winter skiers and boarders leave town. 

6. Treble Cone, New Zealand

Treble Cone is located on the South island of New Zealand just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka and a 90 minute drive from action packed Queenstown. The area has fantastic pistes and parks as well as a great amount of lift accessed back-country terrain. The views over Lake Wanaka are stunning and the super friendly locals and abundance of activities make Wanaka worth a visit, even without the skiing!  

Cloud 9 sign - Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ (July 14, 2014)


7. Bariloche, Argentina 

Famed for its beauty and unbelievable back country terrain, many skiers make the pilgrimage to South America for their fix of summer powder. Bariloche makes a spectacular base from which to explore the skiing, scenery and local culture. 

 Bariloche, Argentina


8. Perisher, Australia

Recently purchased by Vail resorts (who own a number of North American resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek and Park City) for an unbelievable $160 million dollars, Perisher is already Australia's largest ski area and with the investment that Vail is sure to pump into it, we can guarantee it will be an exciting place to check out in the coming seasons. We just hope they'll hand out cookies at the end of the day like at Beaver Creek!  


9. Snowdomes, UK

'Dome fever' has been at an all time high in the UK since Sochi stars like Jenny Jones, Jamie Nicholls and Murray Buchan showed us that you don't need to be in the Alps to strap on a pair of skis or a snowboard. Our very own UK scene has really taken off and the summer is a great time to make use of all the indoor domes and dryslopes that we have available. If cruising up and down the indoor slope seems a little dull in comparison to your usual alpine adventures, then try out a lesson or check out your local centre's freestyle night to brush up your technique and hone your skills ready for next Winter.  

 Jamie Nicholls proves snowdomes are fun too! 


10. Wakeboarding / Waterskiing 

Ok, so we might be pushing it a little with this one, but water skiing and wakeboarding are super fun alternatives to their on-snow counterparts AND you can even out your goggle tan while you are at it! With cable water parks becoming increasingly popular and popping up all over the country it is easier than ever access these great summer sports. 

 Wakeboarding at Loch Lomond

Board? Check. Mountains? Check. The PB team couldn't stay away from the mountains for too long so we went wakeboarding at Loch Lomond and enjoyed some amazing views, we were just missing, er, the snow?! 


We hope that keeps you entertained for the summer and we can't wait to get back on the slopes next winter! 



Posted on Thursday 05 May 2016

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