There are a remote chance...
But there are... to fly to Europe next September.
And I'd like to ask you: There are a reasonable chance to some decent ski someplace in France or Suisse or Italy????
You'll be able to ski on a glacier at that time of year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the top 10 summer ski resorts in Europe are:
Les Deux Alpes, France
Passo Tonale, Italy
According to ifyouski.com these are all options:
Hello WT Fox Hat,
Fantastic, the whole list!!!! THANKS !
We skied stubai last Feb/2008 and we loved.
We'll probably go to somewhere close to Loire, so this time I think it will better to chose a place in France.
For this pre season conditions, what are your preference??
edlam, Tignes would be my preference.
Where in the Loire valley will you be?
Will you have a car?
If not, get the TGV train to Paris, then down to Lyon. At that time of year, I'm not sure if the train will go up to Bourg St Maurice, but that's where you want to get to. From there it's about 30 minutes to Tignes.
...but when in September? The glacier was open 21st July-31st August, then closed for most of September before opening on 29th September for this season.
Did you all realize that this kind of information is almost impossible without the Internet???
We are planning a family trip:
landing at Paris, going to Bordeaux, to Lourdes, back to Chambord(few days) and back to Paris to fly back to Brasil. Yes, we'll have a car. But the TGV seems as a very good alternative(faster). If we can, we intend to put some few ski days at end of the trip - between Chambord and Paris
We don't know yet the exactly days. But after read your point I'll realy try to go after 25th Sep.
Well, for now.... justa adream
Not sure of the dates for '08 & '09, but I am pretty sure that the Tignes glacier was closed to the public most of September '07 (I think it reopened the 29th or 30th)...their website should have this years dates.
Pretty sure that the Val d'Isere glacier has a shorter season than the Tignes glacier and recall reading that they closed in early than scheduled last summer ('08) due to warm weather.
From what I can tell, it is not uncommon for some of the glaciers to close during the less crowed shoulder seasons (like late May and September) even if they have the snow.
Some of the glaciers that are open September and October have a decent portion dedicated to gate training for the ski teams...not trying to be a wet blanket or say that you shouldn't go, but it is worth checking out where you will be able to get in some good turns...
I'll check the websites out, for sure.
"...not trying to be a wet blanket or say that you shouldn't go, but it is worth checking out where you will be able to get in some good turns..." Absolutely !!!!
Fox, without knowing the selection criteria, I cannot understand why Passo Tonale was chosen isntead of
Passo Stelvio, the highest mountain pass in Europe. The Glacier there is far bigger than Passo Tonale one
(which may not be open in september..it depends of how hot the summer was).
Mind you, I'm not biased toward Stelvio, Tonale is one of my ski destinations and I like it a lot..Simply I was wondering about the choice...
I think it's because the website is a British one, and the British tour operators go to Passo Tonale, not Stelvio, so the results will always be a little biased.
Start here :
Tonale is part of the Adamello ski "carousel" :
Stelvio pass (2757 mt) see the red dot here :
Thanks for the information!
Unfortunately, we did't know about it from last Feb2008. We made a trip by car to Stubai, after that to Venezia and Luzern. We're stoped to lunch just at Peschiera del Garda!!! If i know it before...
Who knows...Next time!
Thanks again and regards,
Speaking of Passo del Tonale :