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Summer skiing in Switzerland

post #1 of 12
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I am going to Switzerland sometime in my holiday which will be mid-August to mid-September and would like to know where I can go skiing in Switzerland.

I will be staying at a friend's house in Roemerswil in canton Lucerne (Google Earth says it's 47.172292°N, 8.246185° E) so the closest to there would be best, but it has to be reached by public transport.

Can anybody give me some ideas? Also, it is *possible* though not desirable to do summer skiing in the French Alps or Italian Alps, but once again, would prefer to do it in Switzerland, but if nothing is open at that time in Switzerland, other advice would be welcomed.

Thanks.
post #2 of 12
Titlis/Engelberg might be open, about an hour's drive.

Else only further drives will provide what you are looking for since Lucerne isn't close to any developped glacial terrain. Zermatt, Saas Fee, St. Moritz, Glacier 3000 are the ways to go. 3 hrs drives at least.
post #3 of 12

Zermatt

"Sommerski" is possible on the glacier at Zermatt. I've skied it in both July and August. However, it is a long way from where you will be.

Rich
post #4 of 12
I don't know how far it is from luzern, but you have one in Italy, passo Stelvio, it isn't too well known though

pictures can be found here, you do need to register first:
http://www.alpinforum.com/forum/view...hlight=stelvio

another one in Italy, Passo Tonale, near Madonna Di Campiglio, but I don't know if you can ski there in the summer or that it's only opened in fall or spring
http://www.passotonale.it/
post #5 of 12
i skied in Saas Fee two summers ago - alot of ski teams go there , the japanese and canadians were in town . Not bad even got fresh snow one day.I was in heaven but the pros hated it - they live for ice.The Village is lovely and i got a great dinner bed and breakfast package for about $30 dollars a day
post #6 of 12
Zermatt has summer skiing and it's one of the world's top resorts - the scenery is stunning, the village is lovely.

The only two problems are
i) it takes forever to get to, because it's tucked away up in the middle of alps, and
ii) it's wildly expensive

You can get anywhere in Switzerland by public transport, don't worry about that.
post #7 of 12
I don't know if the Titlis is open that late in the summer. Zermatt certainly is.
post #8 of 12
Saas fee summer skiing is better than zermatt.. the glacier in zermatt is pretty much flat
post #9 of 12
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Saas fee summer skiing is better than zermatt.. the glacier in zermatt is pretty much flat
I did not know that. Zermatt is much easier to get to from here, since you can ski over from Cervinia, so I've never really bothered summer skiing anywhere else. The glacier is pretty flat.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by 131 View Post
I don't know how far it is from luzern, but you have one in Italy, passo Stelvio, it isn't too well known though

pictures can be found here, you do need to register first:
http://www.alpinforum.com/forum/view...hlight=stelvio

another one in Italy, Passo Tonale, near Madonna Di Campiglio, but I don't know if you can ski there in the summer or that it's only opened in fall or spring
http://www.passotonale.it/
The Italian Glaciers are in dire straits, snowwise, of late.
Tonale is very small and usually is open till late Spring (say end of June early July) early summer but then it shuts down too for the rest of the time till fall,
Stelvio is by far the most popular but its glacier too shows signs of receding...which is very worrisome.
I don't like summer skiing on Glaciers, I feel like a red fish in the (crowded with other redfishes) glass bowl,
post #11 of 12
Saas Fee is great summer skiing, with lots of terrain and variety. The town is cute and affordable by Swiss standards, with lots of options for afternoon, when the glacier can get too soft for practical skiing.
post #12 of 12
Deviant, just in case you've never done it, my take on summer/glacier skiing (disclaimer: I've summer skied only on Mt Hood, at Zermatt and at Les Deux Alpes):

IMV, unless you're training gates or you have some equipment issues, summer skiing in the northern hemisphere is a novelty. It's cool to be up in the snow when it's sweltering below. It's fun to be in a mountain town in the summer, ski a little in the morning than bike or hike or something in the afternoon. The skiing is often very tame, though, as glacier skiing tends to be on gentle slopes and offpiste is not a good idea without a lot of technical experience/know-how, due to crevasses. Snow is often extreme hard pack early in the morning (when you see the national teams out), decent for a couple hours mid to late morning, then progressively softer to unskiable by lunch time. Fun, yes. Worthwhile, possibly, depending on what you want. But in qualitative terms the skiing will definitely not resemble what you'd get in winter.
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