Key Features

  • Well suited for families
  • Amenities close by
  • Wide range of summer activities
  • Suitable for all levels of skiing / snowboarding
  • Ski in, ski out
  • A 10 second ski to the lift
  • Access to over 400km of pistes
  • Terrific snow record
  • Ski school meets close by
  • La Plagne a 4 minute cable car ride away
  • Breathtaking views

 

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Summer Activities

Summers in the Alps are fabulous! Whether you want an action-packed adventure, a walking holiday, or to simply relax and enjoy the views, clear air and sun, the alps have it all.

The best time to go is in July and August as the resort lifts, shops and restaurants are open. Outlined below are some of the things we have tried over the years. Our book of the house in the apartment has lots of other suggestions and tips, and detailed walking maps.

Here are a few of our suggestions of activities for the summer:

Mountain Activities

Lac La PlagneWalk from VallandryWalk from Vallandry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking

From a gentle ramble over to the awesome Les Vergnettes to a ½ or full day hike in the National Park to a three day hike, staying in Refuges on the way, Paradiski has something for you. There are hundreds of kilometres of beautiful, marked walking trails and maps and trail guides are available from the Tourist Office. Here's an example. To reach the higher trails you can buy a one journey or multi journey Lift Pass. The local Mountain Guides Office offer guided group walks, walks on a glacier, and private, longer trips. Some of our favourite walks are:

  • Take the Vallandry chair then follow the marked trail over to Les Vergnettes (a stunning church perched precariously on the lower slopes above Nancroix), then walk around the lower slopes back to Vallandry – easy
  • Rosuel to Lac La Plagne – a stunning walk of about 4-6 hours, steep in places, but simply stunning views. Brave the glacial waters of Lac La Plagne, then stop for a crêpe and a cuppa at the Refuge, before heading back to Rosuel.
  • Pont Baudin to Lac L’Etroit – a walk with stunning views towards Vallandry. Very steep descent. 4-6 hours.
  • Col D'Entrepôt : 3-4 hours

 

Mountain Biking - VTT (Vélo Tout Terrain)

Les Arcs and La Plagne are two of the best downhill mountain biking sites in Europe. The riding is challenging, the views are spectacular and the long tracks just keep on flowing! Probably a resort best suited to intermediate/advanced riders, you will find plenty of demanding technical trails and steep downhill plummets. The lift system is efficient and takes you and your bike up to 2700m from where you can choose from a multitude of tracks to get back down into town.

Easier routes are available via the Vallandry chairlift.


Scooters

Off-road scooters, called Arapaho Scooters can be hired in Champagny (minimum age of 10).

 

Paragliding (Parapente)

There are lots of places to parapente from, in and near Vallandry. The Office de Tourisme can provide more information on this peaceful and liberating experience. The instructor will control where you go, aiming to catch thermals, which will keep you up for longer. A usual tandem ride will last about 20-30 minutes, depending on those thermals.

 

Rock Climbing

Some 'top spots' to head for are:

  • Falaise d'Arc (2000-2050m) - 11 routes, graded from 4b-6a.
  • Falaise de Rochefleur (1620m) - 10 'official' routes and 9 'unofficial' but fairly easy routes, graded from 3b-6c.
  • Pont Baudin Petit Dalle (1550m) - 18 routes, graded from 4a-6b.
  • Pont Baudin Grande Dalle (1590m) - 19 routes, graded from 5b-7a+.
  • Blocs de Ceris (1370m) - over 20 large boulders with a multitude of routes from 3-7b.
The Sports Centre in Plage Bellecôte features an indoor climbing wall and in Plagne Centre you will find 3 movable and tilting walls to practice on. There is also an indoor climbing wall in Arc 1950.

 

Via Ferrata

If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! Following marked routes through the mountains you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8, guides can be arranged on request. There are 2 main Via Ferrata routes in La Plagne; Plan du Bouc and Grosses Pierres. Plan du Bouc is in Champagny le Haut and features 2 courses, 1 intermediate and 1 difficult. Grosses Pierres is in Champagny en Bas and is more challenging and physical.

 

Water Activities

RaftingHydrospeedLake Annecy

 

 

 

 

 

Half day, full day, and three day combi passes are bookable from Arc Aventures and H20 (Landry).

Canyoning

Plunge down mountain streams via a series of abseil descents and jumps. There are differing levels available, and a minimum age of 8. Not for the faint hearted!

 

White Water Rafting

Less strenuous than canyoning, this is a favourite activity for many holidaymakers. There are various options available from a 3 hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion. Don’t expect to remain dry!

 

Hydrospeed

An alternative to rafting where you travel down the river on an inflatable body-board. Exhilarating!

 

Swimming

Apart from the many mountain lakes and streams which make a refreshing dip in the summer there is also a large outdoor swimming pool (with stunning views) in Arc 1800. There is also a large swimming complex in nearby Bourg Saint Maurice, which comprises an indoor pool, outdoor pool and 3 diving boards. There is also leisure-lake near Aime which has a beach, cafe, playground, crazy golf and tree-climbing adventure park.

 

Other Activities

ParcoursHorse RidingCycling

 

 

 

 

 


Parcours

Adults and children can swing through the trees high above the mountains on a circuit of zip lines, monkey bridges, ladders and ropes. There are ‘parcours’ / 'arbre aventure' parks at Rosuel (next to the Horse Riding), Arc 1800, Belle Plagne, Aime Villette and Champagny.

 

Archery

Available in Vallandry, Les Arcs and Rosuel. Minimum ago of 8 years.

 

Golf

Les Arcs Golf Course is open every day from the end of June to the beginning of September and hosts a number of competitions and events throughout the summer. For the more experienced player there is the 18 hole par 70 Le Chantel course. For those who prefer a more leisurely game there are 9 hole courses in Vallandry and Arc 1800 which have spectacular views of the mountains.

 

Horse Riding

There are several riding stables nearby; the Centre Equestre at Pont Baudin, the Centre Equestre la Cavale in Les Arcs and the Centre Equestre Ranch El Colorado in Bourg Saint Maurice.

 

Summer Activity Clubs

Are available in Vallandry and Les Arcs (Club des Sports at 1800), offering your children the opportunity to try a range of activities while you pursue your own interests. Catering for different age groups -A nursery for 1-3 year olds with mini-trampoline, singing & music, arts & crafts and more to keep your little ones fully entertained. The Club Mini takes children between 3 and 6 years old for a range of activities including mountain rambles, swimming, judo, trampolining, painting and mini golf. For children aged from 6 years up to 17 the Club des Jeunes has more challenging sporting activities such as circus skills, tennis, water sports and mountain discovery.

 

Tennis & Squash

Les Arcs provides 30 tennis courts as well as the Nastase Academy, offering courses and tournaments.There are squash courts in Arc 1800 (Sports Centre).

Vallandry has two courts that can be booked through the Office De Tourisme.

 

Cycling

Cycling in the Alps is a breathtaking activity 'quite literally'! From mountain cols for the fit and energetic, to cycling along the banks of the River Isere to the glorious lakeside cycle path from Ugine to Annecy. See our separate page on cycling.