Does anyone know of any peaks in Switzerland that offer summer skiing (May or June)? I know there are places that offer skiing and provide all gear for a price but I haven't yet been able to figure out if it's offered in the warmer seasons.
You might try browsing the threads (or asking) in the Europe forum at epicski.com.
Supposedly, you can ski on or near the Matterhorn during the warmer months. Although I've seen this quoted often, I've never found any solid information about it. The latest skiing of which I can verfiy in Europe is on the upper glacier of the Zugspitze in Germany. Skiing here lasts until at least late April, and judging by the condition of the snow at that time, I can imagine it could last well into May.
I was just doing some research on this myself, and the only place I found with summer skiing in Switzerland is in Zermatt... http://www.ski-zermatt.com/summer-skiing.html
Yes - Zermatt seems to be the only place you can guarantee skiing 365 days a year. I really don't want to go to Zermatt after all I've read but will see! Thanks!
Zermatt is great,, what have you heard about it?? So much to do , great hiking trails , well marked and all levels of difficulty. The town is so cute, but must admit people are not particularily nice,, they are cold fish, but my goodness place is clean and pretty. I am sure the skiing is outrageously expensive though, and likely not that good ..
I have read the skiing is great in the winter, so-so in the spring since all the lifts are not open. It's expensive still with less trails...
I've also read that it's very expensive in Zermatt in general(it's 33 CHF to just get from Brig to Zermatt one way!) The Eurail doesn't discount it at all. Lodging is really pricey for what you get based on the reviews I have read (and food is expensive too!).
Also, I keep reading how it's not charming there which is what it is. We are spending 4 nights of this particular trip in Murren and didn't want to waste money in Zermatt just to be there to ski (it's not a convenient day trip either). We will likely cut it out of our itinerary.
Well I agree, it IS expensive, but I think it is also very charming.. I don't think the accomadations would be any more expensive then any of the other touristy towns like Murren, Gimmelwald, or Wengan.
Frankly skiing is not something I would bother to do in Europe in the spring/summer anyways,, I like good snow,, and you will not find that anywhere in Europe after about March/April.. plus the expense of skiing is insane ( you think Switzerland in general is expensive, just try the skiing !!)Summer skiing( where it may be available) is high in the glaciers,, are you a very good skiier?
Thanks for your insight Pat.
Everyone has different perspective on charm and I've read in more places Zermatt has less charm. Of course, those places could be inaccurate and I can go only go on opinions from folks on here and what I read.
I stayed in Murren last year and compared to that the places I saw available in Zermatt(there were already places sold out) were of higher price or similar price but smaller and didn't even include breakfast.
I don't think Switzerland in general is that expensive but I've read that Zermatt is more expensive than other places. I am aware of the costs to ski since I priced it this weekend.
My skiing ability is irrelevant but I am an okay skiier. It's my boyfriend's mother that had more of an interest in skiing since she is a ski instructor and has skiied glaciers before so that was never an issue.
I remember seeing people skiing off the summit of the Jungfrau - this was several years ago.