Friday, 13 August 2010

Summer Skiing Holidays in France

Today we have an article written by a guest writer Nick Lewis who works for Eclipse Ski who offer skiing holidays in Europe.










Skiing may seem an odd thing to be writing about in the middle of summer, but not only is booking for winter skiing holidays beginning at this time of year, but as any good ski junkie will already know: summer skiing in France is a very real possibility, something I was unaware of until I started working for Eclipse Ski.

Summer skiing is available largely by virtue of glaciers. Although year-round skiing is becoming a thing of the past, perhaps due to global warming, there are still a few glacier resorts in France that open for a few weeks during the summer for those that simply cannot wait until winter to get their skis on the slopes.

Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is one of France’s oldest, most prestigious and best ski resorts, and that doesn’t change during the summer months. Les Deux Alpes opens for summer in late June and stays open until September. Summer skiing takes place between 2800m and 3600m courtesy of the Glacier du Mont Lans, although sunshine skiers will have to be prepared to get up early for the best of the snow: it has often turned to mush by lunch time, so getting up to the slopes when the lifts open at 7am is well worth it.

Tignes
Tignes is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, and this, combined with the Grand Motte glacier mean that it used to be open all year round. The glacier has been receding, so it is not always open all year anymore, but certainly a good chunk of it. This summer, the glacier has been open since the 19th of June and will continue to be until the end of August.

Tignes manages to hold the title of the largest Summer skiing area in Europe, so for anyone dying for a summer skiing holiday in France, it is definitely worth a look.

Given that Tignes used to be open 365 days a year, in common with many other glacier resorts, but now has to restrict itself to defined seasons, anyone looking to go for a summer skiing holiday in France would do well not to leave it too late.

Visit www.eclipseski.co.uk for package deals on skiing holidays in France.


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