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The Austrian Tirol has three top picks for the summer where snowsports enthusiasts can get their fix. NEW

The end of the Winter 16/17 ski season is in sight.

The days are longer, the sun is out and we might be looking ahead to our summer breaks.

But what if you could combine the two?

Sun and snow...

Outdoor enthusiasts can have both, in summer and in winter.

Hiking and rock climbing are, of course, popular activities in the warm summer months but then there's also glacier skiing.

Here are three options for getting your ski fix without having to go across the equator, and for avoiding the tortuous six snowless months.

A prime time for getting in freestyle practice before the season, see the park on Stubai Glacier here:

Sölden

The two glaciers here in the Ötztal region are open for skiing from late June to October.

The Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers make up 39km of pistes, and skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the ski tunnel at 3,240 metres that connects the two glaciers as well as the Glacier Express gondola.

The Rettenbach has a ski test centre with all the latest skis to try out and a fun terrain park for those who want to practise on the half pipe and rails.

Look out for national teams training for the World Cup and ski instructors preparing new recruits on the slopes.

Approximately 70 minutes from Innsbruck Airport, those who are keen can combine the spectacular skiing with a cultural city break.

A week's stay, during the summer, costs from €210 / £180pp in self-catered accommodation.

Return flights (London to Innsbruck) cost from £116pp with easyJet. Transfers, lift pass and ski hire are extra.

Visit the website for more on the area.

Soelden GletscherPlanetSKI's chief reporter Jane Peel in fantastic October conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stubai

Austria's biggest glacier area is open from September/October to late June each year.

It has 104km of pistes and reaches heights of 3,210 metres, so ideal for a summer skiing holiday.

Situated 35 minutes away from Innsbruck and the airport, those short on time can easily visit for a weekend or mid-week break.

The new 3S Eisgrat cable car that opened at the start of the season has increased access to the glacier so it's even easier for keen skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the snowy slopes for longer.

Stay in one of the three big villages - Neustift, Fulpmes and Mieders - that have their own wooded ski areas and links to the glacier.

A week's stay in summer costs from €196 / £168pp in self-catered accommodation.

Return flights (London to Innsbruck) cost from £116 pp with easyJet. Transfers, lift pass and ski hire are extra.

Check out Stubai's website for more information.

And its new lift that opened at the start of this season:

Hintertux

Around 90 minutes drive from Innsbruck Airport, Austria's only year-round ski resort offers winter-sports enthusiasts groomed and snow-sure conditions for 365 days.

Lifts take skiers and snowboarders from the centre of Hintertux (1,500 m) to the top of the glacier (3,250 m), where there is 18km of skiing to be explored.

Throughout the summer months, approximately 10 lifts remain open to ensure the groomed runs are easily accessible.

The pistes are suitable for all levels of skier and those wanting to fit in extra turns should head to the Tuxer Fernhaus, where there is 2km of straight carving to be done.

A week's stay, during the summer, costs from €199 / £170pp in self-catered accommodation.

Return flights (London to Innsbruck) cost from £116 pp with easyJet. Transfers, lift pass and ski hire are extra.

Visit the Hintertux Glacier website here.

Summer skiing in HintertuxSummer skiing in Hintertux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hintertux Glacier snowparkHintertux Glacier park - great time to practise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hintertuxer GletscherHintertuxer Gletscher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for PlanetSKI's article last summer about the top 5 glacier resorts, featuring... Hintertux!

The Tirol offers plenty to do in summer, aside from skiing. Visit the website here for more.

Take a look at PlanetSKI's article here on the top active breaks for summer in the Austrian Tirol.

Wilder KaiserWilder Kaiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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