Summer Snow 101: Getting Schooled in the Best Summer Skiing Spots

All Over the Alps: France and Switzerland
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With a number of large glaciers in the French and Swiss Alps, you can ski there year-round if you don't mind slightly unpredicatable snow conditions. (A recent series of hot, dry summers has caused many of the glaciers to recede, although plenty of snow remains up high.) For scenic splendor, head to Zermatt, Switzerland, and ski the Klein Matterhorn Glacier, served by a 12,000-foot-high cable car. In France, the Tignes resort operates an 11,000-ffot lift year-round to the top of La Grande Motte.

But if you're looking for the ultimate in summer ski apls experience, heli-skiing is the only way to go. Go higher than you can imagine and discover truly inspirational, marathon-length runs. Just the view from the drop points is worth the hefty price of admission: $450-650 per day.
Practically Speaking
Package tours to these and other destinations can be arranged by Adventures on Skis (815 North Rd., Westfield, MA 01085, 800.628.9655, or 413.568.2855; www.advonskis.com) Air Zermatt (3920 Zermatt, Switzerland. 01141.2796.68686; www.rhode.ch/airzermatt) offers year-round heli-skiing trips to the top of the Apls.


Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 27 Jun 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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