Why we love the Alps in summer
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
Think of the Alps and you may conjure up images of snow peaked mountains, charming villages and the allure of après ski, yet come summer time, when the snow has melted, Europe’s longest mountain range offers a luxury escape to rival any sun, sea and sand holiday.
There is spectacular scenery at every turn and an array of exciting activities both on land, water and in the air, offering a superb option for those looking for adventure and a unique way to spend a week in the mountains.
Whilst some resorts in the Alps become ghost towns in the summer, others really come into their own in the warmer months. Resots like Zermatt, Morzine, Chamonix, Châtel and Verbier are all buzzing with life in July and August, allowing you to take full advantage of all there is to do and see on a summer chalet holiday.As the snowy landscape is slowly replaced by luscious green meadows in spring, the temperatures gradually rise, peaking in July and August, with ultra-bright blue skies being the norm in these summer months.
With temperatures generally reaching into the high twenties, the weather is almost perfect for outdoor fun. You’ll feel the warmth on your back which ever your chosen activity is here, whether it’s chasing adrenaline thrills or simply reading a good book from the terrace of your luxury chalet.
And, should you need to cool off, try a dip in a mountain lake. Heaven.
Just don’t forget to pack your sunglasses!They say that you can never get enough of nature and what better place to take advantage of the great outdoors than in the Alps – nature’s action packed playground.
The list of sports and activities on offer in the Alps in summer is endless, from hiking to paragliding and from rafting to swimming in mountain lakes.
The Alps are traditionally well known for their variety of hiking trails ever popular with visitors, whether you choose to go by foot or set off on two wheels.
Many resorts have ski lifts that stay open during the summer, which is brilliant for hiking and mountain biking. You can hook your bike onto a chairlift, enjoy the views on your way up and you are ready to go!
Chalet Spa in Verbier and Chalet Pelerin in Sainte Foy both offer fantastic summer programmes. With the more traditional hiking and biking activities to rock climbing and canyoning. Time it right and you might even catch the Montreux Jazz festival in July.
Both of these luxury chalets have pools, saunas, hot tubs and terraces to soak up the sun. So if you prefer taking life at a slower pace, a summer chalet holiday offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in some relaxation and rejuvenation.
If you have children in tow, the Rivari Trail in Châtel offers a fun way to get up and close with the local wildlife on a 600m walk. Or take them geo-caching in Chamonix – the only question is who will be the first to find the treasure!
For families Chamonix is undeniably one of the best resorts. Located only an hour from Geneva airport, many of the activities available are geared towards families such as aerial adventure parks and horse riding.
Though that’s not to say that the more adventurous aren’t catered for too, Chamonix is known as the mountaineering capital of Europe and there are also plenty of biking trails and water sports to try here.
On the water your time can be as relaxed or as adrenaline fuelled as you like. Take a cool dip in a calming mountain lake to refresh your senses, or if you are staying in Châtel, you can nip down to Lake Geneva, which is just half an hour away.
Alternatively, if you like your activities a little less gentle, canyoning or white water rafting will provide hours of fun. Plunge yourself into jumps, natural water slides, and steep descents as you navigate your way down. The river Arve in Chamonix is a popular spot for water sports and you can try Hydro Speeding on a summer chalet holiday in Morzine.
For an alternative way to get down the mountain, summer luge riding is sure to be a hit with children as they whizz down the slopes on a wheeled toboggan. Boasting around twenty recreational runs, Switzerland is arguably one of the best places to try it.
If that isn’t quite thrilling enough, you might prefer to fly through the skies on a paraglider or helicopter, gaining a spectacular birds eye views of the valley below.
For more leisurely pursuits, there’s golf, fishing, horse riding and many resorts also have weekly markets so that you can enjoy a taste of the local produce on a summer chalet holiday in the Alps.
Not just for winter ski holidays, many high altitude mountain restaurants are open in the summer and the experience is every bit as dramatic. Jaw-dropping panoramic views, sun-soaked terraces, drink in hand – what could be better? It would be easy to while away hours just taking in the beautiful alpine scenery from one of many mountain restaurants that you will find scattered across the slopes. And, they provide the perfect spot to refuel after a busy morning.
Many of our luxury summer chalets offer a paired down staffing during the summer months, allowing you to explore the culinary delights of the region. You will find everything from hearty Swiss fare to Michelin-starred restaurants on a summer chalet holiday in the Alps.
Is there a better feeling than knowing you have secured a great deal? Head to the mountains in the summer and you are certain to receive unbeatable value for money. The weekly rates in summer tend to be significantly lower than in the winter months, so you can experience the same superb service and gorgeous luxury chalets for less.
And with fewer crowds you’ll have your pick of the finest luxury summer chalets to choose from in some of the most chic mountain resorts.Did you know you can ski 365 days of the year in the Alps? Well you can! Glacier skiing in summer is great fun, so you can be on the snow in the morning and then sunbathe in your garden in the afternoon on a summer chalet holiday.
As one of the highest year-round ski areas in Europe, Zermatt is the place to go for summer skiing, with 21km of groomed pistes available. The Theodul glacier in Zermatt even has a snowpark – and of course those spectacular views of the Matterhorn.
Head up in the morning to make the most of the compact snow and on your way back down there are plenty of sunny terraces to take in the views.
As you can tell, we love the Alps in summer, and staying in a luxury ski chalet in these warmer months is the perfect way to experience it at its best.
If you are thinking of a summer trip to the mountains, do get in touch. We’d love to discuss the most suitable resorts with you.
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