The mountains are for ALL YEAR ROUND not just a week in Winter :0)
Why wait seven months to indulge in your love of the mountains? If you are an avid skier or snow-boarder why not take a mountain holiday between May and December and enjoy many of the Alpine Activities on offer? Yes, the majority of French ski resorts closed on May 9th, which signalled the end of a successful 2014/15 Winter season. But had you thought about your much-loved mountains once all the snow has melted and the piste-bashers have been put to bed?
Many of these beautiful areas of France are thriving communities, with the summer providing the opportunity to engage in a range of thrilling activities on a par with and including our much-loved skiing and snowboarding! Here we give you a round-up of some of our favourites.
A number of top ski resorts are lucky enough to have glaciers open for summer skiing. Les Deux Alpes opens on 20th June until 29th August offering skiing between 07.30 (lifts open 07:00) and 12.00. The 1.2 million square metres of glacier, with its 11 pistes (1 red, 9 blue and 1 green) and 17 lifts and highest snowpark in Europe, ranges from 2900 metres up to 3600 making it one of the largest European summer skiing spots. The four and a half hour skiing session at Les Deux Alpes can be packed, with a superpipe, air bag and host of rails, tables and freestyle modules!
NB: A ski pass for two or more days can be used for activities including swimming, tennis and tobogganing. Additionally it gives access to a large range of mountain bike trails from blue to black on 9,480m vertical served by seven dedicated lifts.
Tignes opens for summer skiing between June 27th and August 9th and then opens again at the beginning of October! Similar to Les Deux Alpes, the area is open between 7.15am and 1pm in order for you to enjoy the best of the snow! Four lifts are open initially, with the glacier lifts planned to be opening from 4th July, giving a vast total of 20km of available skiing. From 27th June you can also use your ski pass to gain free access to the Lagoon Swimming Pool, a great way to relax in the sunshine for the afternoon.
Click here for Tignes and Les Deux Alpes accommodation from £57.00 per person for a week!
Riding a mountain bike down the very slopes that we normally descend on skis and snowboards can provide the same feeling of exhilaration. A number of dedicated lifts are open throughout the summer to transport you to various summits, and the French Alps plays host to numerous mountain biking events, which are not to be missed.
The Morzine Pass’portes du Soleil, taking place between 26th and 28th June is an 80km mountain biking trek from 1000m to 2250m takes you from France to Switzerland and back, using a total of 15 lifts. Including a 1 hour night ride, a race through the village and a kids’ race. Get involved in this MTB extravaganza from £60 per person for accommodation over the weekend.
Witness the longest downhill race in the world taking place in Alpe d’Huez between 6th and 12th July! Hosting 1400 participants from 20 different countries for 4 days of training and racing and a total of over 4000 downhill metres in competition, the MegAvalanche is totally atmospheric! Click here for accommodation options from £84 per person for a week.
Keep an eye on our blog for a summary of mountain biking and road cycling events throughout the summer.
Mountain trails are well maintained throughout the summer and trail maps can be obtained from tourist offices. Some of the on-piste restaurants are open during the summer months, so you can reward yourself with a drink and panoramic views.
If you like heights (and even if you don’t!) then a challenging and demanding combination of scrambling and climbing rock faces with man-made courses of pegs and cables, fixed ropes, ladders and hand rails could be for you! They vary in length and difficulty to suit most people’s appetites for adventure, with some sites having special courses for children. Helmets and harnesses are provided for safety. Perhaps try Via Ferrata in Valloire, or Samoens. Many resorts in the French Alps will have Via Ferrata areas.
Prefer to keep moving on holiday and are charmed by stunning scenery? Then a break in the Alps really is for you. Combine one or more of a plethora of mountain activities with good food, peaceful surroundings and with exceptional prices for accommodation both self-catered and catered to take advantage of probably the best value Summer Breaks available. Give our experts a call on 02034 756 746 for advice on the best areas for your group and, of course the most suitable accommodation.