Generally, itís safest to head for the Alps after mid-January for late-winter and early-spring skiing when the snow is as dependable on the lower,
steep slopes as on the higher elevations. However, if you want to catch the magic of the Christmas season, go for the higher-altitude resorts. These include Lech, Zurs, and St. Christoph in the Arlberg; Courmayeur and Cervina in Italy; Tignes-Val díIsere, Alpe díHuez, and Val Thorens in France, and Zermatt and St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Several resorts offer glacier skiing throughout the summer. Summer skiing is chiefly on easy to intermediate runs. The cable cars carrying skiers to the snow fields start operating early in the morning and usually shut down around midaftemoon, when the snow turns into mountain mush.

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