First stop: Lyon for skiing at the Les 2 Alpes
Skiing knows no off season in the French Alps, where the glacier ski lifts are open for a good part of the summer. You can even sleep in before putting your skis on – you'll have the best conditions during a mid-morning run. Slip on a T-shirt and slather on the sunscreen before discovering that all-natural powder!
Les 2 Alpes ski resort is just a few kilometres away from Lyon and has the largest glacier ski area in Europe. Every day, from June to August, snow sports enthusiasts can live it up at this 90-hectare resort at 3,600 meters of altitude.
Les 2 Alpes
Ski slopes are open from June 23 to August 26, 2018
Breathe in the Swiss Alpine air in Geneva
Switzerland has no shortage of fresh alpine air and powdery snow. A few hours' drive from Geneva is Zermatt, considered the highest and most developed summer ski resort. Its wide slopes are perfect for beginners while more advanced skiers may want to try the moguls. Snowboarders can work on their tricks at Gravity Park, Europe's best freestyle park. Ski aficionados looking for off-piste entertainment can kick back and enjoy the fireworks show in honor of Swiss National Day on August 1.
Ski slopes open all summer
Near Oslo, the frozen landscapes of Norway
Norway, the country that outshone the world at this year's Winter Olympic Games, has a true tradition of summer skiing. Try the experience in the Scandinavian style and hit the slopes under the midnight sun. About 45 kilometers from Oslo is the Stryn resort, surrounded by idyllic landscapes around the Tystigbreen Glacier. For winter sports lovers, Norway is the ideal destination.
Ski slopes open from mid-May to mid-July
Indoor skiing in Glasgow
No need to check the snow forecast when you're skiing indoors. While Europe has several indoor ski slopes, the one at Braehead just outside Glasgow is definitely worth a detour. With its four lifts and slopes, it's the perfect place for learning or practicing your skiing or snowboarding skills year round (except on Christmas Day). The resort even has an ice climbing wall for those who like to change things up.
Ski slopes open 364 days a year
In Dubai, ski like you've never skied before
If you're looking for an experience truly unlike any other, it's time to go to Dubai. The Gulf region's first ski resort, which opened in 2005 inside the Mall of the Emirates, has five slopes, the longest of which is 400 meters. Slip on your knitted cap, ski suit and gloves and discover the joys of Alpine skiing, bobsleighing and ringo under an impressive dome. Some days you might even be lucky enough to see a parade of penguins go by, even as the mercury reaches 104°F (40°C) outside!
Mall of the Emirates
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai