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Glacier skiing in France this summer

Posted by Ski Property Shop on April 24, 2022

The three French ski areas still offering glacier skiing have confirmed their ski season dates for this coming summer.

All three have operated the past two summers between lockdowns due to Covid and brought in record business with a combination of skiers and snowboarders and booming summer business from non-skiers who just wanted to get away to the mountains.

Les 2 Alpes (below) have continued to build their summer ski offer on what is Europe’s largest skiable glacier with 90 hectares of marked pistes and a snowpark, all located between 3,200 meters and 3,600 meters high.

It now opens the French summer ski season at the earliest, reopening less than a month after winter season end, from Saturday May 28 to August 15 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Les Deux Alpes glacier skiing

Until Les 2 Alpes moved the start of its summer ski season forward by a month, The Pisaillas glacier above Val d’Isere was traditionally the first to re-open after the winter season end at the start of May, It also has the smallest summer area and the shortest summer season – this year four weeks from June 11 to July 10th. The Cascade chair and Montet drag lift are open to the public from 7:30 am to noon daily with three runs (Moraine, Pisaillas and Montet) open to the public and another three (Champions, Aiguille Pers and Roche) reserved for ski team training.

Tignes will offer skiing and boarding on their Grand Motte glacier from 18th June to 31st July. The recently upgraded cable car above the glacier is one of just a few in the world, offering a ‘balcony’ on the roof of the cabin for people wishing to ascend above 3,000 metres in the open air. Tignes has numerous summer activities on offer besides snow sports and after the glacier closes to skiers and boarders it will stay open until September 4th.

Summer glacier snow sports are dependent on weather conditions. Snow cover wasn’t looking great at the end of March but April has seen more than a metre of snowfall on most Alpine glaciers so hopefully they’ll make it through the summer heat without the sun melting the cover from the glacial ice.

Source: inthesnow

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