To clear your head, there’s nothing like getting a bit of height. In the mountains, summer is full of life and oxygen, as well as peace and activity. Lakes, streams, glaciers, mountain pastures and peaks offer a multitude of panoramas and possibilities. The hardest part will be leaving! To make the most of your stay in the mountains this summer, we have selected for you 5 great activities to discover or rediscover, solo, with your family or as a couple.
A cultural and gourmet hike
When you think of mountains in summer, you think of hiking. To enhance the classic hike, the best thing to do is to concoct a cultural and gourmet itinerary. How can you do this? By identifying a few traditional hamlets or museums, but also local cheese dairies to visit, producers of honey, charcuterie and even mountain cakes… Enough to prepare a tasty picnic on the way while meeting traditional trades. Ask at the tourist offices to map out your route!
Full of sensations with paragliding
Photography: Tristan Shu
Mountains also mean thrills. If you have never practised an aerial sport, summer is the ideal season for a first flight. For this, there is nothing like paragliding, which offers adrenaline at take-off but also fullness once in the air. A feeling of total lightness. With this sport you can fly close to the clouds and enjoy a 360° view over the summits. The Alps are full of exceptional sites to practice paragliding in breathtaking landscapes. This summer, go for it!
All schuss at the foot of the glaciers
Photography : S. Cande
If you were unable to enjoy the pleasures of skiing this winter, make up for it this summer! In the Alps, the glaciers are holding out their arms to you with 40 km of runs spread over 4 resorts. Among them Tignes and the superb Grande Motte glacier, a summer ski area stretching from 2724 to 3456m of altitude, accessible by funicular and ski lifts. A playground of 10 slopes for all levels where the summer mildness and the freshness of the snow are combined. Something to make up for this winter and to fill up with oxygen.
Rafting down the Isère
In the mountains in summer, you can also enjoy white water. Especially in Tignes! From the special discovery course for young people to the adult course with the crossing of rapids, rafting down the Isère is a treat for all. A convivial moment where you paddle as a team through landscapes inaccessible to walkers. Sensations guaranteed with the most beautiful river descent of the Northern Alps. And for gentle aquatic sensations, try the Water Ball on the superb lake of Tignes. This summer, the Hotel Village Montana and the Résidences Village Montana as well as the Levanna welcome you to Tignes for a maximum comfort stay.
Keep the North in the middle of nature
Do you know orienteering, the ultimate outdoor sport? This summer in La Plagne, go on an adventure in the heart of the mountain in search of the beacons placed throughout the resort. Whether it’s a discovery or a sporting version, choose your level and embark on a superb exploration course. A free activity to be enjoyed in teams or solo, equipped with a compass and a map, which will take you through forests, viewpoints and historical monuments to discover the mountain in a different way.
Go to the information point to collect your equipment. What about accommodation? The Carlina Hotel and Residence open their doors to you this summer for a simply perfect stay.