Summer Skiing in Europe May 16, 2010
Let's see some places where we can ski in summer... Living this unique experience is not that far away at all. First, know that it's not all ice on the glacier, no matter the name. Pistes open early in the morning (between 7 and 8 o'clock) and can be hard in the beginning, but they usually get slushy around midday. Lifts are generally closing around 1 pm. But if it's just a bit colder rainy day in the valley, you can expect powder skiing in August as well. Here are some great places to ski in summer, together with their downloadable GPS maps: Les 2 Alpes (France) The largest skiable glacier area in Europe - 120 hectares of ski area between 2,800 and 3,600 metres on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers above the resort. The summer ski area is open from June 16th to August 28th, 2010, from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm. The pistes are not too demanding, mostly marked blue. Zermatt (Switzerland) and Cervinia (Italy) 26 km of piste on Theodul Glacier behind the Klein Matterhorn. Also reachable by cable car from Cervinia (Italy) from June 26th to August 29th, 2010. Pistes are of intermediate difficulty. More... Tignes (France) In only 7 minutes from the village to 20 km of slopes on Grande Motte glacier. 750 meters height difference, 12 ski lifts, 1 snow park. From June 19th to August 29th, 2010, the lifts are open from 7:15 am to 1:00 pm. Val d'Isère (France) Pissaillas glacier will be open from June 19th to July 18th, 2010 depending on snow conditions. Ski-pass is not valid in Tignes. Kitzsteinhorn (Austria) You know it by the name of Kaprun or Zell am See, the resorts beneath. Open 365 days a year. The slopes are not considered difficult for the more experienced skiers. Stubaier Gletscher (Austria) Big and good, especially for a relatively experienced intermediate recreational skier. In fact, all but the absolute beginners will be satisfied. Plus some fantastic views. The winter season ends on June 13th, 2010, but the summer season begins the next day and lasts till September 19th, 2010. Hintertux (Austria) 365 days a year, at the head of the Zillertal, beyond Mayrhofen. The steepest of the developed European glaciers. Passo Tonale (Italy) Ghiacciaio Presena is a glacier in the Presanella massif at the altitude obetween 2,700 and 3,000 m. One black and two red runs open until June 20th, 2010. Saas-Fee (Switzerland) Opens for the summer ski season on July 3rd, 2010. 20 kilometers of pistes up to 3,600 meters above sea level. All of the resorts listed above have their Garmin GPS maps on Skidea.com. More summer ski resorts coming soon... Please remember, sun can be really tough up there - protect yourself. Heard of crevasses? Skiing off-piste is a BIG no-no.
Summer Skiing in Whistler Blackcomb May 15, 2010
The Horstman Glacier will be open from June 19 to July 25, 2010. The summer glacier experience in Whistler Blackcomb is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. Snow park included. More information on the official site. Freshly updated Garmin map of the area is now available for download. The quality of the map is significantly improved thanks to user WBSKI. Note that pistes are marked according to European standards: while in America pistes of intermediate difficulty are marked with blue square, in Europe they are colored red. If you need this (or any other) map with American notation, please let us know. More about ski trail ratings.
Global Warning May 14, 2010
Here's the list of places where people used to ski during summer just a few years ago. But not no more. Alagna Valsesia (Italy) Alpe d'Huez (Sarenne glacier, France) More... La Plagne (Glacier de la Chiaupe, France) Les Diablerets (Switzerland) More... Marmolada (Italy) More... St. Moritz (Switzerland) Val Thorens (Glacier de Péclet, France) More... Verbier (Switzerland) Some say they can even remember summer skiing in Bardonecchia (Italy) and Bramans (Col du Sommeiller, France).Read more about global warming, and its effects on skiing. In the meantime, here's a map of another resort where you still can ski in summer: Adamello Ski - Passo Tonale (Italy).
Who would expect... May 13, 2010
...a new ski resort map at this time of year? But it makes sense, Kaprun and Zell am See under the Kitzsteinhorn glacier offer all year round skiing.
Still Skiing April 30, 2010
Matterhorn Updated maps are here for the couple of days left of the winter season in Cervinia and Zermatt... Lifts are shutting down on May 2, after the weekend of closing parties, live music on slopes, panoramic tours and other surprises. But then, the resort is open again for the weekend of May 8 and 9. ...then closing again for a while and reopening from June 26th to August 29th. You can ski on the glacier above Plateau Rosà, coming either from Switzerland or Italy. Until the May 9, you can also enjoy some springtime freeride on Monterosa. Pistes are not groomed, but the lifts are still running.
The season is not over April 8, 2010
Significant updates of Bardonecchia and Vialattea (Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx) ski maps.
Many thanks to donors February 25, 2010
So far, people left donations only for the maps that were not on the site (donations for the fulfilled requests). Does it mean that the fewer maps there are online, the more chance there is for the project to survive? Any business idea, anyone?
Facelifted February 24, 2010
The site was going through rearrangements these days. Each ski resort has its own page now, news are shown only on the front page, etc... We hope this makes it all easier to use.
Stubai Alps February 22, 2010
Two new maps covering together Stubaital valley: one with Stubaier Gletscher, and the other with Neustift, Hochserles, Elfer and Schlick 2000. Kopaonik got updated, and could soon be the first to reach five stars.
Updated Maps February 13, 2010
Maps of Cervinia, Les 3 Vallées and Portes du Soleil are updated and available for download.