How about indoor snowboarding?
Just another week and it’s already april. That means that winter is almost over. Most ski slopes will close down in a couple of weeks. Temperature’s are rising and nature wants to start growing again. You could go out for a nice walk or bicycle tour. But ofcourse you prefer to go snowboarding, if necessary on a indoor ski slope. But preferably outside: summer snowboarding!
The best indoor ski slope in the Netherlands is Snowworld in Zoetermeer and Landgraaf. Or give alpincenter Bottrop in Germany a try! It’s located close to the border with the Netherlands so you don’t need to stay longer in Germany than necessary…. In an indoor ski slope you can’t realy cover a distance but it’s the ultimate place to work on your technic or practice your newest trick.
Summer snowboarding in Austria.
You don’t want to snowboard on an indoor ski slope? Than the best place to go is Austria! 365 days a year you can board on the Hintertuxer glacier. In summertime there are max 10 skilifts running to reacht the 20 kilometers skislope that’s accessible in summer. The longest run down is even 2 kilometers long!
Or what about the Stubaier glacier, one of the biggest glaciers of Europe. This glacier is open from October till June. An other glacier is the Mölltaler glacier which is the most snow assured glacier. In summertime there a 3 ski slopes open on this glacier.
The distance from Utrecht (NL) to the Hintertuxer glacier is a ten hour drive. At the Hintertuxer glacier you can buy a day ticker for 45 euro (2017) and kids under 7 years are free when they are accompanied by an adult. This is the perfect way to combine summer holidays abroad and snowboarding! Or should I call it sunboarding? And perhaps even better: if you don’t want to lay down next to the swimmerpool, you can snowboard all day on the Hintertuxer glacier!
Summer snowboarding in France
If you like snowboarding in France better, La Plagne and Tignes are perfects spots for summer snowboarding. Both ski area’s have a big glacier on a height beyond 3000 meters. In La Plagne you can find The Bellecote Glacier and in Tignes you find the Grand Motte. These glaciers are a bit bigger than the one’s I have mentioned before in Austria. However, the distance to a glacier in France is bigger, it’s a more than 11 hour drive from Utrecht (NL) to Tignes or La Plagne.
But you have to know, there is a huge disadvantage about snowboarding in France, and that is the ambiance. Both Tignes and La Plagne are big concrete villages with lack of authenticity or ambiance. However, La Plagne and Tignes are fantastic ski area’s where you can truly make daytours in winter time. It’s possible to snowboard from one village to another other which is a super experience. Backpack filled with a pain, camembert and some drinks on you back and off you go! That’s a big difference with Austria. More differences between both countries you can read in my blogpost about snowboarding in France versus Austria.
So, enough to do this summer! Enjoy!