Would rather bring up an old thread than start a newwy!!
anyone ever done any of this summer skiing? (id be happy if it were just parks open, i really just want to go snowboarding)
Im backpacking around europe and may have the ability to stop by switerland for 4-5 days, would it be worth it? (i have quite limited $ to spend)
id be hiring gear as well, as i dont really want to take my board and all around europe
Have been in LDA during summer a few times. Well worth it - it may be glacier riding but it's still better than Spring riding I've experienced in Canada or Japan. It's icy but after a being chopped up by riders and skiers and the morning sun it softens up nicely. And it gets plenty of fresh snowfall (not much but a nice covering), even in summer as it's so high so it's not JUST the glacier.
I even had one lucky trip where we had actual powder! It didn't last long and it mostly fell in a bit of a white out, but all the same... The glacier is quite big though the piste is still naturally short, but longer than you'd expect/fear.
The park as a result is big, and you don't have the problem that N.A. summer glacier's seem to have of private camps taking over or building private parks. The LDA summer park has plenty of features and a good range of difficulty for progression.
The real reason I wholeheartedly recommend it though is the combination of the riding with other activities. The glacier is only open in the morning (earlier lifts than in winter, 7am IIRC but closed by 12 or 1) but LDA is a cracking place in summer so you can spend the afternoon downhill mountain biking (using the chair lifts to upload), bungee jumping (from the gondola), white water rafting, paragliding, canyoning, hydrospeed (the single best thing I did in LDA - head first down white water rapid holding on to a float. Awesome), rope parks etc or just chilling in the pool or playing tennis. Plus the food is good (this is France afterall!) and contrary to the stereotype the French people are cool and friendly (just make an effort with your hello, please and thank you's in French and you're quids in. Do not just speak English louder and more slowly!).
If you can, do a week in LDA. You won't be disappointed.