It may be summer, but snow is still falling, and skiers are lapping it up somewhere—so drop the beach towels and grab your shells. Summer skiing means heading to the highest peaks of North America and Europe or flying to the Southern Hemisphere—New Zealand, Australia, Chile or Argentina—where the winter season is in full swing from June to October.
So stop wondering where to summer ski and check out our picks of the coolest ski resorts for skiing in summer around the world.
The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun has a large, year-round ski area boasting varied runs and a terrain park. Intermediate skiers and riders will feel particularly at home here. After a few runs, chill out at the Ice Camp with its igloos, ice bar, food court and sun deck with lounge chairs—the perfect spot to relax and listen to music. Non-skiers can take free guided panoramic hikes across the glacier.
The Dachstein Glacier above Ramsau am Dachstein features flat, north-facing slopes for predictable powder conditions. The Dachstein is the international training center for cross-country skiers, bi-athletes and Nordic combination athletes. The summer gondola runs from 7:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and non-skiers have the Dachstein Skywalk, Dachstein Ice Palace, and for the most daring, the suspension bridge and stairway to nowhere. Food and drinks are served at the Glacier Restaurant directly in the mountain station of the Dachstein Gletscherbahn.