What Do Skiers Do In The Summer? (Expectations vs. Reality)

by Frank V. Persall

If you’re into skiing, you will know the thrill that comes at the start of the ski season.

Usually around the end of November and moving into December, the ski resorts open their doors once more to avid skiers and snowboarders waiting to get back in on the action.

But what do skiers do in the summer when the snow has melted?

There are lots of ways that ski instructors and fanatics can keep themselves busy during the summer. Many people will head to the southern hemisphere and make the most of ski opportunities here. 

Others may stay in good shape by indulging in other mountain-based activities such as hiking or cycling. For those who usually make a living as an instructor, it is essential to find part-time work over the summer. 

What Do Skiers Do In The Summer? (Expectations vs. Reality)
What Do Skiers Do In The Summer? (Expectations vs. Reality)

If you’re looking for tips on how to make it through the hotter months, we are here to help.

We’ve put together some great ideas of things that real ski lovers, just like you, do over the summer and we are sure there will be something that appeals.

Who Said You Had To Stop Skiing?

Traditionally, skiing takes place on a mountain when there is snow on the ground. So when the sun comes out and the snow melts, you could be forgiven for thinking that the sport becomes impossible. 

But that’s where you’re wrong! Did you know that there are a variety of indoor ski areas across the United States and around the world?

For skiers of all levels, these provide a great opportunity to keep your skills intact and have some fun. While it might not be the same as heading up the mountain, it certainly beats trying to glide down a grass-covered slope!

Get Out Of Town!

Just because the snow has dried up where you are, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a world of snow out there just waiting to be skied on!

If you’re living in the USA, you’ll likely know that our summer means winter’s approach in the Southern Hemisphere.

So, many ski enthusiasts will hop on a flight and go to explore what the other half of the world has to offer.

A lot of people find that ski resorts in New Zealand, Australia, and parts of South America such as Argentina and Chile have some excellent skiing opportunities.

Off-season Skiing
Off-season Skiing

If you think that this is a bit too much of a journey, then there are some ski resorts in the Alps like Cervinia, which remain open throughout the summer.

You’ll likely find that the skiing isn’t quite as good as winter but it certainly won’t be a letdown.

Jobs For Ski Instructors

If you have a passion for skiing and are something of an expert, it is only natural to take this to the next level and make a career out of doing what you love.

While the call for ski instructors is relatively good, come summer, these professionals are left without a regular income. 

But just because the snow has melted that doesn’t mean that your bills don’t need paying. For many ski instructors, it is a case of finding seasonal work for the summer months. 

If you’ve got the scope to head abroad, we’d highly suggest exploring instructor jobs down under but if not, it can always help to have another sport under your belt.

Things like sailing, surfing, and other beach-based sports are popular in the summer and many ski instructors double as instructors for these sports. 

If the resort you teach at remains open during summer for hiking and other activities, you might also enquire about staying on at the resort and working in other areas.

If anything, it’ll open your eyes to a new mountain view at a different time of year.

Since you know the mountain so well, you might consider becoming a guide.

Not only will this provide a viable income in the summer but when winter comes back around, it will expand your horizons even more. 

Failing Everything Else….Reminisce

For a lot of skiers, the ability to go flitting off to the Southern Hemisphere or learning a new sport simply isn’t a realistic option. But that is certainly not to say that they can’t sit back, crack open a cold beverage and enjoy the sun while reminiscing over their adventures from the previous winter!

You could even have a mid-summer ski party. Bring all your ski enthusiast friends together, enjoy Alpine-style food, and share photos, videos, ski movies, and anecdotes from the last ski season.

A monthly get-together like this will make the new season come round much quicker than you would have thought!

Final Thoughts

Skiing is not something that can typically be enjoyed year-round.

Of course, there are some resorts that have the odd slope open into June or July but for the most part, skiers need to find other activities and ways to earn a living while the sun has its moment. 

But whatever you skiers do during the summer, it’s important to keep the magic of skiing alive.

Heading off to indoor or man-made ski slopes is a great way to keep your skills fresh and enjoy your favorite sport no matter what the weather.

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About Frank V. Persall

Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.

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