Les 2 Alpes in France is promoting its summer glacier slopes as the perfect place for first timers to learn to ski and board.
While summer skiing and boarding is generally seen as the preserve of hardcore skiers and boarders and national team training, Les 2 Alpes sees advantages for first timers.
“Summer skiing is open to everyone. Beginners can discover the sport on the glacier with its gentle descents and wide open slopes; perfect for learning to ski or snowboard.” said a resort spokesperson.
The resort’s sports shops provide ski and snowboard equipment rentals, just as they do in winter and around 50 ski instructors from 10 different ski schools are on hand to offer ski or snowboarding lessons.
Les 2 Alpes opens for the summer from Wednesday June 16 to Saturday August 28th during which time the ski lifts are open seven days a week, from 7.15 am to 12.30pm for skiers and until 4.30pm for walkers and mountain bikers.
There are 90 hectares of ski runs including two green nursery slopes and four more easy blues to progress on to. For the more advanced there are two red runs as a freestyle zone and off-piste area.
16 ski lifts operate in summer (51 in winter) comprising two gondola lifts, a cable car, four chairlifts, seven drag lifts, a snow tow, a funicular and an inclined lift.
From the top of the glacier skiers and boarders also enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama, views over Mont Blanc and the Ecrins National Park and the chance to visit a glacier ice cave.
Summer lift tickets cost 33.50 Euros for an adult day pass, tuition and equipment are extra. Holiday passes which give unlimited access to summer ski and walker’s lifts plus additional services (swimming pool, ice rink, tennis courts, archery, golf driving range, water sports and summer toboggan) and preferential rates on many other activities cost 167.50 Euros for six days for adults, 134 Euros for children aged up to and including 12, or seniors over 65.