Summer Activities

The Alps are not just about skiing! There is an endless list of alpine summer activities to choose from. Relaxation or activity, extreme sports to gentle exercise. The summer season is July and August – but the weather is great for much longer than that. When you own your own property, you can enjoy the alpine summer air from May through to October.

Typically, the temperatures are in the high 20’s and low 30’s during the daytime. Of course, at the very high altitudes it is still very cold and in the valley towns it can get extremely hot.

The location of our properties for sale is ideal as a base for exploring the Alps. We are in the corner of Savoie and in summer when the mountain passes are open, it’s a very quick hop over the top to Italy and Switzerland.

Alpine summer …. on two wheels ……

The mountain passes are a haven for motorcycle touring with endless routes to follow for a day-trip. The passes are a dream! If you’re a serious cyclist you can also follow in the steps of the Tour de France.

  • Petit St Bernard takes you to Italy – visit Aosta and Courmayeur
  • L’Iseran goes towards the Southern Alps via Val d’Isere
  • Madeleine in the other direction towards the Frejus Tunnel and Modane
  • Valmeinier and Col de Gallibier – and you’re in the Southern Aps to visit Alpes d’Huez and Briancon
  • Roseland takes a local short-cut over the top to Albertville

You’ve followed the Tour de France “mountain etapes” – well all those passes surround where we are. In winter they are blocked by snow – but the summer opens up a whole new world.

Day Trips ….

You are within an hour of the fabulous city of Annecy, with it’s stunning lake and beaches – as well as just 40 minutes from the home of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.  Our properties are in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in the world – you can explore the surrounding areas and discover isolated lakes and reservoirs, as well as towns buried away in the height of the mountains. From our chalet in La Plagne Montalbert you have a stunning view of Mont Blanc – but why not visit it directly? A day trip to Chamonix and taking the funiculaire train to the Mer de Glace is a must. While you are there, a helicopter trip around the peaks is an experience not to miss.

Extreme Alpine Summer Sports ….

In the area around us, you will find the opportunity to try out a variety of extreme sports. From climbing and via ferrata, canyoning, white water rafting and paragliding to canoes and kayaks. There are several local companies who specialise in organised adventures.

Walking and Hiking

The local resorts open their lifts for the alpine summer season to transport walkers and hikers to the top of the hill. From there you can follow the numerous paths for descent and see the mountains close up. Discover the lakes and the stunning views from the top.

Mountain Biking

Either extreme or gentle – mountain biking is one of the most popular activities. You can rent bikes from the local ski shops and take part in organised outings or do your own thing.

Nature and Relaxation

It doesn’t all have to be active – relaxation is important as well. Make use of the aqua centres in La Plagne Montchavin and in Courchevel 1850. Take a gentle stroll or horseride in the mountain meadows and enjoy the stunning views and nature. Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace in the sunshine or take the short trip to Faverges to try out the luge.

For the kids …. healthy alpine summer air

An alpine summer holiday may not be the automatic choice for many families but for sure you won’t find more to keep the kids occupied. In the village centres, within walking distance a number of organised activities take place – such as archery, trampoline and guided local walks walks. For the children there are fun-fairs and rides as well as classes and alpine summer camp activities to take part in. And all of this in the open space and clean alpine air …..

Are you convinced yet? Why not invest in your own piece of paradise – for winter and summer alike.