Did you know that a ski holiday isn’t just for winter? There is a variety of brilliant resorts for spring and summer that have plenty to offer in the warmer months. If buying a ski home is something you’re thinking about, you may wish to consider one of these resorts to make the most of your home all year round.
Zermatt is Europe’s highest ski resort and has wintry conditions all year round. 25km of pistes and eight ski lifts are open all summer, with slopes perfect for all abilities. It’s advisable to head up to the glacier to hit the slopes every morning before the midday sun hits - conditions are icy first thing in the morning, ideal mid-morning and then can become slushy as the day goes on – so make sure to grab that window of opportunity!
With an excellent apres-ski scene and a freestyle park for the more adventurous skiers, Zermatt is a brilliant option for a year-round ski home.
Kaprun in Austria sits at the foot of the beautiful Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. From the summer conditions down below, a string of gondolas will take you to a wintry paradise up above. The slopes overlook the stunning Hohe Tauern National Park and tend to stay open until late July. They are mainly suited to beginners and intermediates.
For a break from skiing, enjoy the warmer conditions down below and go for a swim in Lake Zell. Or, why not head to the Ice Arena where you’ll find a snow beach with deck chairs, igloos, snow slides and an ice bar.
Tignes is open for around eight months of the year thanks to skiing on the Grande Motte glacier, which includes 20km of pistes during the summer months, as well as a snow park. Again, expect to be an early riser if you want to catch the best of the snow! The glacier closes at 1pm, so make sure to fit in a couple of hours of skiing before then.
If you’re still feeling energetic in the afternoon, Tignes offers a variety of brilliant water sports, such as white-water rafting, canyoning and kayaking. There is also a bike park and other sports on offer such as tennis and archery. If you’d prefer to relax, the variety of bars and restaurants has you covered.
Lying in the heart of the Dolomites, the village of Arabba has character in abundance. It sits at the foot of the Marmolada glacier, considered the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, and is usually perfect for skiing in the summer months. Head to the higher slopes first thing in the morning for the best conditions.
You’ll find plenty to do in the afternoons, from hiking, bungee jumping, rafting, horse riding and much more. There is also an excellent choice of mountain bars and restaurants.
Start looking for your ski property today
To get the process of buying your ski property underway, why not take a look at our handy ski property buying guides? They lay out the buying journey step by step to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible.