How to Spend your Summer in the Alps
How to Spend your Summer in the Alps
How to Spend your Summer in the Alps
How to Spend your Summer in the Alps

How to Spend your Summer in the Alps

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The Alps in summer are truly as spectacular and beautiful as they are in winter. This is your chance to see the mountains without their familiar blanket of snow and instead replaced with luscious green meadows and colourful wild flowers.

 

Beautiful scenery and an abundance of fun activities make the summer, particularly in July and August, a fantastic time to go on a luxury chalet holiday in the Alps.

 

We’ve put together a list of fun activities to enjoy in our favourite resorts across the Alps for you to enjoy.

 

 

E-biking in Les Gets

 

Hosting the renowned annual Crankworks competition, Les Gets is the mountain biking capital of the Alps. Mountain biking is the best way to explore the mountains in the summer, allowing you to cover ground and soak in as many beautiful views as possible.

 

The latest craze in the Alps is the electric bike, or e-bike, a mountain bike fitted with a motor allowing the joy of cycling in the Alps to be more accessible across fitness levels. E-bikes provide power on demand, complimenting your pedalling to whatever degree you choose, allowing you to decide how much effort you put in to climbing a hill or even cruising along the flat.

 

E-bike trails are graded just like ski slopes allowing you to pick the perfect route for you and your group on your luxury ski chalet holiday.

 

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Hike The Green Ring in Lech

 

Austria’s largest ski area, Arlberg, becomes a hiker’s paradise in the summer. The Green Ring is a network of hiking trails featuring art installations. The trails guide hikers along mountain ideas, through valleys and past mountain lakes and rivers.

 

Take your time on the hike and discover mythical creatures, exhibition and art installations such as The Door by Patrick Kaufmann.

 

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Summer glacier skiing in Zermatt

 

Europe’s highest and biggest summer ski resort offers 21km of snow-sure pistes suitable for skiing, snowboarding and freestyle up until midday. The Theodul Glacier above Zermatt is accessible by state-of-the-art lifts whisking you up to a breath taking 3883m.

 

The sports shops and ski schools remain open in the summer to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a spot of summer skiing.

 

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Swimming in Lake Montriond near Morzine

 

If you’re staying in a luxury chalet in Morzine in summer, then make the most of the beautiful Lake Montriond. The vast lake is great for swimming and water sports. Lifeguards man an adjacent smaller, shallower pool during July and August, which is perfect for families.

 

You can hire stand up paddleboards and kayaks to use in the main lake.

 

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Enjoy the views from Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix

 

The Aiguille du Midi is the highest point reached by cable car in the Chamonix valley and the closest non-climbers can get to Mont Blanc. The station stands at 3842m and offers exceptional views over the glaciers, Chamonix Valley, the surrounding Alps and most importantly, the exceptional Mont Blanc.

 

Once at the top, dine at one of the restaurants after making the most of the various viewing platforms, exhibitions and displays. From the top, you can also walk onto the glaciers (best with a guide) and explore a network of hiking trails.

 

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Zip wire across the valley in Chatel

 

Speed along a giant zip-wire in Chatel at almost 60mph and up to 240m above the hamlet of Plaine-Dranse. The Fantasticable allows you to enjoy a flying sensation, soaring high above the mountains, marvelling at spectacular views… if you can keep your eyes open that is!

 

Thanks to an upgrade, you can now fly as a pair on the Fantasticable (providing you are within the weight limit of 150kg) so you can enjoy the thrilling ride with a friend.

 

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Brunch on a mountain pasture in Verbier

 

Enjoy a unique dining experience at 2200m on the idyllic pasture of Sery in Verbier. Hike through alpine meadows of cows grazing before taking your well-earned stop for a delicious brunch at the local dairy farmer’s traditional hut with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

 

Brunch will include a range of local mountain cheeses, homemade bread and jams, wine, apple juice and milk produced on the pastures on which you dine.

 

Pre-book your trip at the tourist office in Verbier or Le Châble before midday the day before you wish to go.

 

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Via Ferrata in Val d’Isère

 

Originating in Italy, an exhilarating and popular summer activity has passed through the Alps. Via Ferrata is a network of rods, rails and cables that protrude from the rockface creating a fun climbing experience for the whole family to enjoy. The aerial adventure is carried out wearing a harness and is accessible at all levels, with graded courses ranging from child-friendly to real physically challenging routes suitable only for the experienced.

 

The first section of Le Roc de Tovière in La Daille in the resort of Val d’Isère offers an excellent starting point for beginners and children with introductions to all the standard obstacles in Via Ferrata.

 

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Watch out for wildlife in Meribel

 

Set within the Vanoise National Park, Meribel boasts some fantastic wildlife including eagles, marmots and ibex.

 

With 120 species of breeding birds, Meribel is an ideal location to bird watch from your luxury ski chalet or more serious ornithologists can venture out in search of some of these beautiful birds including Golden Eagle. Sunbathing marmots are often a favourite of the children seeing as they represent oversized guinea pigs. Look out for ibex, a species of goat, that live on steep and rough terrain while you’re out exploring the mountains.

 

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Swing from trees in St Anton

 

Head to the High and Low Ropes course in Verwall Valley on the banks of the Rosanna River where adults and children can enjoy the thrills of a course created in the forest. Swing from ropes and travel from tree to tree via zip wire and free hanging stirrups with all the protective gear provided so the whole family can enjoy the trees and the wilderness.

 

Qualified guides are spread around the circuit to assist with any obstacles and there is a safety introduction before you begin.

 

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