Closest Airport: Zurich (or Geneva)
Opening times: June to September
The Zermatt region in Switzerland is the largest and highest summer skiing area in Europe. With spectacular views of one of Europe’s most iconic mountains, the Matterhorn, and over 22km of pistes up on the glacier, there’s no shortage of decent terrain to ride here either.
The terrain park is located on the Plateau Rosa and has a wide range of kickers and jibs to suit all abilities. This summer, in just under a month’s time, the Burton Summer Camp will be coming to the region with Burton riders like Wojtek Pawlusiak, Jesse Augustinus and Werni Stock heading up to stoke out the kids.
If you’re on a really tight budget, Zermatt is perhaps best avoided altogether, although you can save a few extra bucks by staying in the slightly cheaper town of Cervinia, across the border in Italy.
At a dizzying altitude of 3899m, be sure to be generous with that factor 50 suncream. The UV levels are pretty intense at that altitude and landing a mean sunburn and resulting goggle/sunnies/balaclava tan just ain’t that sexy.