Glacier ski resort holidays
Glaciers offer a snow reliability that few resorts can compete with and as glacier are ice and exist year round, early season snow is usually sufficient to ensure good early season conditions, at a time when conventional ski holiday resorts are still to open.
Year round glacier skiing on the Hintertux Glacier
One of the few glacier skiing areas in the Alps that offers year round skiing is the Hintertux Glacier and for those who require their snow fix during the summer months, skiing and snowboarding in short sleeves and afternoons lounging on sunny terraces is on offer. The Hintertux Glacier ski area is far more limited than in the winter months but so are the visitor numbers. Summer glacier skiing is best in the mornings before the snow gets too wet in the afternoon sun, whilst the afternoons are the time to take in the views and a few rays of sun on the mountain hut terraces.
What to expect from glacier skiing
Glacier skiing in general offers better snow than lower resorts and almost always longer skiing seasons. Rain falling at lower resorts often falls as snow on glaciers. Taking glacier ski holidays or choosing a ski holiday resort that has nearby access to a glacier can be especially wise for ski holidays at the beginning of the ski season. Some of the downsides to glacier ski holidays can be the lack of trees and extreme cold at times. When the weather is inclement then orientation and navigation on the glacier can be difficult above the tree-line. Weather conditions can vary between extreme old and intense UV radiation. Slopes tend to favour the beginner or intermediate skier with less for the advanced skier, due to the lumbering gradient at which glaciers descend the valley.
That said glaciers can host impressive and modern lift systems and infrastructure and a bit of cold in December / January might well be preferable to rain or green fields in the lower conventional ski resort.