The resorts of the Tarentaise are known for skiing and winter fun. But there’s so much going on in summer too, with something for everyone from adrenaline junkies to families.
In summer, ski lifts are adapted to carry downhill bikes and in Tignes – Val d’Isere they’re FREE to use for bikers and pedestrians! Ski runs become bike trails, from family-friendly cross country greens to gnarly descents and jumps. The Tarentaise is also a road bikers’ heaven – Val d’Isere’s Col de l’Iseran is the highest paved road in Europe, used in the Tour de France.
Summer life in Tignes is focused on the lake and watersports. The unique waterslide and airbag jump are as entertaining to watch as to try out. Paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalos, sailing and zorbing are all on offer and FREE if you’re staying in resort with the SporTignes card. You can also have a go at archery, horse riding, mini golf, rifle shooting and lots more.
Plus Tignes – Val d’Isere is one of a very few ski areas where you can still ski in summer on the glaciers!
Finding things to do in the long school summer holiday period can be difficult – but not in the mountains. Mountain Adventure Camps offer fun and educational outdoor adventure holidays, either as a residential retreat for kids aged 7 to 17, or for all the family. There’s no time for iPads or TV when you’ve got watersports, zip lining, biking, hiking, crafts and French lessons to do! Camp owner Matt Barker explains: “Kids attending the camps have so many exciting activities to try they quickly make friends, gain confidence and learn new skills. And our family holidays offer the perfect mix of adrenaline rushes, relaxation, group fun and local culture.” Book your summer adventure at www.mtncamps.com.
Get Away From It All
There are so many stunning hiking routes that you can go for hours without seeing another soul. Stay the night in an isolated mountain refuge – many are manned in summer and offer weary walkers cosy beds and 3-course dinners with wine.
Book on an organised mountain retreat. Chalet Rosiere offer some unique summer escapes at their boutique chalet, including the Full Moon Hike Yoga retreat.