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Last Updated: 1:41PM GMT 23/03/2009
Don't pack away your salopettes just because spring is here. You can go skiing all year round on many of Europe's glaciers.
La Grand Motte glacier offers skiing above Tignes from 3,030m-3,455m with access by both an underground funicular and fast but more scenic chair lifts. There is a good variety of terrain with red, blue and black runs and a mixture of chair lifts and drag lifts. Long descents all the way back to Tignes are possible during the winter months.
Operator: Neilson (0844 879 8155; www.neilson.co.uk)
Further information: www.tignes.net
The Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier in Austria, 20 minutes from the resort of Neustift. Lying south of Innsbruck in the Stubai Valley, the glacier has a huge variety of runs, mostly blues and reds between 2,300m and 3,200m. There are fabulous off-piste runs.
Operator: Crystal Ski (0871 231 5659; www.crystalski.co.uk).
Further information: www.stubai.at
The world's first rotating cable car takes you to Titlis at 3,020m above the resort of Engelberg. Huge descents on and off piste are possible from this high altitude down 2,000m to the resort. Due to the glaciers shrinking here it is no longer possible to ski in the summer months as the resort has been protecting its glaciers by covering them during this period. This area is less well-known than some of the bigger glacier ski areas despite being close to Lucerne and Zurich.
Operator: Ski Freshtracks (0845 458 0784; www.skiclub.co.uk)
Further information: www.engelberg.ch
Saas-Fee is a traditional car-free resort with skiing at Mittelallalin at over 3,600m. The glacier at Saas-Fee has 20km of pistes and is easily accessible by the Metro Alpin which is an underground funicular. There are also stunning off-piste routes down the many glaciers.
Operator: Ski Retreats (0844 800 0141; www.ski-retreats.co.uk)
Further information: www.saas-fee.ch
One hour from Salzburg, above the pretty village of Kaprun, is the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. It is down the valley from the popular resort, Zell am See. The glacier has a large ski area with lots of varied runs, mostly intermediate standard, up to 3,030m. The Gletscher terrain park is open almost year round.
Operator: Thomson Ski (0871 231 5612; www.thomsonski.co.uk)
Further information: www.europa-sport-region.info
Zermatt's glacier is located at Klein Matterhorn and is where the Zermatt pistes link to nearby Cervinia in Italy. The pistes on the glacier are graded blue and red and are not particularly steep but usually have the best snow in Zermatt. There is a year-round half-pipe on the glacier.
Operator: Switzerland Travel Centre (020 7420 4934; www.stc.co.uk)
Further information: www.zermatt.ch
Hintertux is a tiny village at the far end of the Tux valley. The glacier is accessed by lifts which are a 15-minute walk from the village. The Hintertux glacier has particularly challenging and interesting runs when compared with most pistes on glaciers and claims to have the steepest glacier skiing in Austria. It also boasts the highest World Cup half-pipe in Europe. It is 45 minutes from the popular resort, Mayrhofen.
Operator: Deep Powder Snow Sports (01560 329666; www.deeppowder.co.uk)
Further information: www.tux.at
Les Deux Alpes, France
Les Deux Alpes is between Grenoble and Briançon, around two hours from Lyons. Its glacier, Glacier du Mont de Lans, offers skiing up to 3570m. From the top you can access the off-piste playground of La Grave. Les Deux Alpes has a large popular terrain park on its glacier during the summer months.
Operator: Skiworld (08444 930430; www.skiworld.ltd.uk)
Further information: www.les 2alpes.com .
Solden has two glaciers, the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach, and this makes up 39km of pistes. The glaciers are linked by the Glacier Express gondola. The Rettenbach glacier has a ski test centre with all the latest skis to try out and a fun terrain park. Operator: Ski Independence (0845 310 3030; www.ski-i.com)
Further information: www.soelden.com
Passo Tonale, Italy
Passo Tonale is a purpose-built village set on a high pass in Trentino. The Presena Glacier is open in the summer and has a variety of slopes that are graded from blue to black but with just two drag lifts. Fantastic off-piste runs from the glacier, up to 10 miles long.
Operator: Inghams (020 8780 4433; www.inghams.co.uk)
Further information: www.valdisole.net
Information supplied by Ski Club of Great Britain (020 8410 2000; www.skiclub.co.uk). It stresses that taking a mountain guide is essential if skiing or boarding off piste on glaciers. Also check with the Ski Club for exact opening and closing dates as most have a brief closed period in the spring and autumn.