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Alpine summer. What is available for
winter sports buffs?
So what happens next? Summer is just
around the corner and folks are thinking about other types of
holidays, something different than skiing, snowboarding and the
like. Or are they? Why has summer skiing started a comeback after so
many summers just melting away? And where does it all take place
What happens to all of the ski resorts, do they just "torch
If a mountain resort makes the great majority of its tourism
money between December and Easter, what happens after that? Well,
truth be told, many hotels in mountain villages take a well-deserved
break after the rigors of catering to thousands of skiers during the
winter months. But, and here dear reader is where you benefit,
others stay open all year round. You know of course that winter
sports resorts do not exist on accommodation alone at any time of
year. There are
sports shops, shopping shops, bars and
above all mountain transportation - ski lifts to you.
Each of these,
including the accommodation bit have to find some
source of income in the non-winter months.
Now these non-winter
months fall into a number of categories. There is the season
immediately after the ski high season. Now, for example. There is
the season that leads into the main summer season. June for example.
There is the summer season. July, for example. And there is the high
summer season. The first two weeks of August, for example.
that the process basically reverses itself until, before you know
it, the snow starts flying and winter season is once more upon
whoever is still above ground.However
in the summer months, these villages - what you and I probably refer
to as ski resorts - do not fade away. More and more they
strive to attract active travelers to the lakes and mountains made
famous by European winters. More and more they build areas and
attractions for those that are looking for more than a bit of "vegging"
on the beach.
to the Alps in summer are spoiled for choice.
Look at the
proliferation of alpine golf courses. Count the number of resort
areas offering canyoning as an activelifestyle attraction. And
paragliding? Jeez, just look at the skies. Even the alpine lakes are
coming into play in some instances.If we were to try to cover
everything and every activity in this e-zine version of www.activelifestyle.com
we would need hundreds of pages. So in this issue we will
deal only with destinations that have summer or year-round skiing.
Those that are lucky enough to boast a glacier. If we have our
numbers right, there are ten glaciers offering skiing the whole year
. And - if the brain waves correctly - half of them are in
. Switzerland, Italy
and France are players too so read on.