As winter closes out in the northern hemisphere, all snow lovers feel that familiar desire and readiness to throw on some boards and head to the coast to lap up the warm weather and waves. It doesn’t take long, however, for that temporary fix to start unravelling and the snow fever sets in. The nightmares, the cold sweats, the loving glances at the skis every time you’re in the garage.
Its surprising to see how many places offer some form of skiing during the summer months and how close to home they are, especially in the European Alps. We’ve put together a list of top destinations where the thirst for snow can be quenched, some obvious and some more exotic. So pack the car, get some mates and hit the road.
Opening dates: Year round
We can’t talk about summer skiing without mentioning the various indoor slopes that are dotted around the globe. They may be short, they may be busy, but the fact you can ride in any weather is worth its weight in gold. They offer a place to hone in on your tricks with well shaped rail setups and groomed slopes, and are a great place to integrate into the local snow community if you aren’t lucky enough to live near the mountains. In general, these are hot beds of stoke.
Opening Dates: at least the end of July.
Mammoth, where do we start. This year saw them go viral by breaking all records for snowfall with over 700 inches to frolic in, leaving them set up for skiing though to at least the end of July. Something they have named ‘the second season’ where no end dat has been decided on yet.
Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain