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The French resort has fired up some lifts on its glacier this weekend. It’s the first time the resort has opened so early for summer skiing and snowboarding. So, what is summer glacier skiing snowboarding like? UPDATED

Les2Alpes, in the Isere region of the southern French Alps, has Europe’s largest skiable glacier.

It is the only glacier open for skiing in France at this time and is due to close on August 15th.

The lift company, SATA, has been carrying out some work in the snowpark, which attracts amateurs as well as pro riders over the summer months.

A boardercross has been built for summer training and to host international competitions.

A smaller boardercross has also been built for families, along with a green slope between the boardercross and the snowpark.

Summer glacier skiing in Les2Alpes. Image © PlanetSKI

Summer glacier skiing in Les2Alpes. Image © PlanetSKI

Les 2 Alpes had an ice cave on the glacier at 3,200 metres.

It has now been moved to 3,400 metres and is next to the skywalk, Le Belvédère des Écrins, and an orienteering table.

Belvédère des Ecrins viewpoint, Les2Alpes, France – photo © PlanetSKI

This area is accessible to skiers and also pedestrians.

Summer skiing in Les2Alpes

Summer skiing in Les2Alpes. Image © PlanetSKI

PlanetSKI was last in Les2Alpes in the summer a few years back.

See this report for what summer glacier skiing is like.

  • Glacier skiing: go while you still can

Summer glacier skiing in Les2Alpes. Image © PlanetSKI

Summer glacier skiing in Les2Alpes. Image © PlanetSKI

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, finished her season in the resort back in April.

  • A last blast in Les2Alpes

Resort level, Les2Alpes, France – photo © PlanetSKI

Elsewhere in Europe  Hintertux in the Tirol in Austria and Zermatt in Switzerland are open all year, conditions allowing.

Currently there is still some skiing on offer in Riksgransen in Sweden, plus the glacier area in  Kitzsteinhorn in Austria.

Riksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Riksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

While over in the USA there is some skiing on offer in several states this weekend with Mammoth Mountain in California open into June.

  • Skiing in the USA on Memorial Day

Skiing in the USA

Skiing in the USA. Image © PlanetSKI.