Can’t wait until next season to progress your park game? We feel you. Lucky for us, there are still plenty of places across Europe where you can beat the summer heat. Whether it’s on a glacier high in the Alps or inside a snowdome in the flatlands, your park game doesn’t need to suffer in the summertime. Here’s our handy guide to Europe’s selection of summer snowparks.
Dachstein Glacier: Superpark Dachstein
On the easternmost Alpine glacier in this round-up, the Dachstein snowpark has proudly serviced the needs of freestylers for many moons, with quality terrain offerings well into the summer.
Open/close dates: 15 April — mid-July
Lift ticket price (1-Day): €44.50 Adult / €33.50 Youth
Special deals: Half-day ticket (from 12:00) €38 Adult / €28.50 Youth
Summer/autumn pass (valid until 31 October 2017) for €380
Snowpark description: “The current setup includes 35 features, the setup will be expanded in the next weeks. Beginner, medium, pro area, including a kicker line with jumps from 11m to 18m and a 20m corner”
Insider tip: “The panoramic gondola, the suspension bridge and the skywalk guarantee stunning views. Count in some selfie time when you head up to the glacier for your summer park sessions.”
Hintertux Glacier: Betterpark Hintertux
Perched above Tirol’s Zillertal, aka “Chillertal” Valley, the Hintertux park is a well-known locale for the area’s many freestyle fans. The south-facing jump line draws particular acclaim.
Open/close dates: 8 April – 5 June
Price of one-day lift ticket: €43.50 Adult / €35 Youth
Special deals: From 11:45AM €30 Adult / €24 Youth
Snowpark description: Pro, medium, easy and jib lines
Bispingen Snow Dome.
Getting to a glacier isn’t an option? Check out the snowpark at the Bispingen Snow Dome in northern Germany, where the local scene has been growing over the past three years with a well-maintained indoor jib park and camping opportunities outside.
Open/close dates: 2 June until the end of September
One-day ticket: €37, evening ticket (15-19:00) €29
Special deals: 3-Month summer pass for €129
Snowpark setup: Jib features in all shapes and sizes
Summer Park Opening, 2-4 June
Summer Feast, 31 July – 6 August
Les 2 Alpes.
Les 2 Alpes
The well-known summer snowpark in Les 2 Alpes has been drawing freestylers to its slopes since 1994, cementing its reputation as one of Europe’s freestyle hot spots. This summer the action at L2A should heat up considerably as national freestyle teams get ready for the Olympic season to come.
Open/close dates: 24 June — 2 September
Price of one-day lift ticket: €40.10 Adult / €32.10 Child
Special deals: 1/2 day pass from 9:30AM, €32.10 Adult / €26.60 Child; Summer season pass €840
Snowpark description: 18-hectare freestyle area with features from beginner to experienced; halfpipe, Superpipe, airbag
Camps: DACAMP (http://www.esf2alpes.com/da-camp)
Insider tip: Drop by the Superpipe around the end of June to see stars like Kevin Rolland dialing in their runs.
The Tignes summer park isn't the biggest, but the GFS Camps work hard to make the most of it.
The former home of the European X Games, Tignes is no stranger to the freestyle community. Their park shrinks in the summertime, but still has enough for a good time.
Open/close dates: 24 June – 6 August (snowpark opens 2 weeks later)
Price of one-day lift ticket: €25 adult / €20 child
Snowpark description: “Fast laps for sure… real playful with innovative rails and 2 decent jumps in a row” – Jeremy Pancras
Camps: GFS Camp (http://gfs-tignes.com/)
Insider tip: The summer lifts at Tignes are free for hikers and bikers.
Saas-Fee has long been a destination for the park crowd. If you don’t mind the steep prices, this summer park high in the Swiss canton of Wallis dishes out some of the better summer park skiing in the Alps.
Open/close dates: 10 June until mid-October
Price of one-day lift ticket: 72.- CHF Adult / 46.- CHF child
Snowpark description: Pro Line, Medium Line, Beginner Line, Rail Line
Camps: The Stomping Grounds (https://www.thestompinggroundspark.com/saasfee-autumn-2017)
Zermatt’s summer park has been steadily gaining attention the past few years. A fun, flowy park design combined with video projects like Glacier Days have placed Zermatt solidly on the map for quality summer park shredding.
Open/close dates: 8 July – 22 October
Price of one-day lift ticket: 64.- CHF
Special deals: 50% discount on Summer Opening
Snowpark setup: 3 Big Jumps, 4 Medium Jumps, up to 12 Beginner Jumps, 36 to 45 Rails / Jibs, 30-40 Transition Features (Bowls, minipipe etc.)
Events: Summer Opening, 8 July
Zermatt Creation by the Bunch
Cash for Tricks Jam
Photo: FonnaSnowPark Instagram
Folgefonna: FONNA Snow Park
For our friends in the North, Folgefonna serves up its own unique summer snowpark experience on Norway’s third largest glacier.
Open/close dates: From mid-May to August
Price of one-day lift ticket: 390.- NOK
Snowpark description: Jib line, small + medium jumps
Camps: What! Camps (whatcamps.com/)