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Glacier Skiing

Where to Go Glacier Skiing


Glacier Skiing

Zermatt Glacier, located in Switzerland

Courtesy of Armin Schroeder
Glacier skiing is a form of skiing on glaciers, offered for both cross country skiers and downhill skiers. Many skiers glacier ski to extend their time on the slopes and ski longer than the typical ski season. Skiers can glacier ski in North America or Europe. Here's a complete guide to glacier skiing.

Glacier Skiing in North America

In North America, Whistler Blackcomb, located in BC, Canada, is offers downhill glacier skiing. Generally reserved for intermediate skiers and advanced skiers, the Blackcomb Glacier offers groomed trails, moguls, and even a terrain park. Skiers access the glacier by taking two chair lifts from Whister Blackcomb's base, and then riding a bus to the glacier terrain. Two t-bars service 112 acres of terrain. Weather permitting, the Blackcomb Glacier is open in early June and closes by August.

Timberline Lodge, located on Mount Hood, Oregon offers year round skiing on the Palmer Snowfield, with the summer season running from May until September.

The Glacier National Park, located in Montana, offers crosscountry skiing for skiers who know how to survive in the backcountry. Skiers must be prepared to face backcountry hazards such as possible avalanches and hypothermia. While cross country skiing here is possible, experience in backcountry conditions and knowledge of backcountry conditions is necessary.

Glacier Skiing in Europe

In Europe, there are many more glacier skiing options than in North America. While some glaciers are open only during the winter season, most glaciers provide year-round skiing. Most European glaciers offer terrain for beginners, intermediates, and experts. European glaciers are found in Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Austrian Glaciers

French Glaciers
Alpe d'Huez
La Plagne
Les Deux Alpes
Val Thorens

Italian Glaciers
Passo Tonale
Val Senales

Swiss Glaciers
Les Diablerets

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