August: there's snow around if you know where to look!
In the last week of July the ski world suddenly starts to wake up again. It may seem unlikely, as you recline with an ice-cream, but it's around about now that the handful of glaciers open in the Alps open their doors to the public and not just the clubs of hardened ski races who use them at crack of dawn throughout June and July.
There have been some serious snowfalls in the last few weeks of July, so anyone taking a gamble on a glacier trip has been well rewarded. Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland have both had a foot of fresh snow recently, and both will be open right through the autumn.
In France Les2Alpes and Tignes glaciers are both open all month, and in Austria there's Molltal and Hintertux. Italy has Passo Stelvio and Cervinia, which is linked to Zermatt for some multinational summer ski action!
Skiing the southern hemisphere
The eagle-eyed will have noticed that the picture shows the iconic view from Treble Cone in New Zealand where skiers are finally getting some decent snow to play in while enjoying the views of Lake Wanaka.
Chile and Argentina haven't had the best early snow, and several of Chile's resorts are close to the ash cloud that's been causing the same sort of havoc to flights over there as the Iceland ones did over here. At the Chilean ski resort of Catedral skiers are having to wear face masks to avoid breathing in volcanic ash as they ski!
Meanwhile Australian resorts are having a brilliant winter, and for the really exotic skier, Africa's top ski resort is open in Lesotho until the 4th of September!
Thanks to Skiinfo.co.uk for all the, er, ski info!
Treble Cone in New Zealand is getting some decent snowfalls at last