If you spend your summer wishing away the hot weather and waiting for the winter sports season to begin again so that you can return to the beauty of the French Alps and the extreme sports action the region offers, don’t fret. There is a range of summer extreme sports to enjoy in areas like France’s Three Valleys. |
Get your mountain fix during the warmer months with a summer holiday chalet and you’ll discover there are as many adrenalin-pumping activities to do here in the summer as there are in the winter.
One of the main focuses for the outdoor activities during the summer is water sports on the region’s fast flowing rivers. With a winter’s worth of meltwater flowing down the mountains, there is a wide range of rivers to enjoy water sports on, from fast flowing, white-water young rivers to steadier older rivers and lakes, perfect for enjoying with children.
During your stay in the Alps you will find activity companies, with experienced, well trained staff, located close to your summer holiday chalet, who will introduce you to a wide variety of white-knuckle water sports for you to enjoy during your summer break.
White Water Rafting
Whether you are travelling with your family and want a kid-friendly experience or an adult-only extreme adventure, the local white-water rafting companies will create a river trip especially for you. From a couple of hours to a couple of days, you decide how much adventure you can handle and the experienced, qualified guides will oblige.
If even white water rafting is a little tame for you, then you might want to consider trying out the latest Alpine extreme sport, ‘hydrospeed’.
As the name suggests, this is not for the faint-hearted. Speed is the key ingredient here as you rush down white water rivers with little more than a polyurethane board to hold on to and a pair of flippers on your feet.
Despite being relatively new, the sport has taken off all over the French Alps with the Isère River being one of the best places to try it out.
This is a great family activity as it combines three elements that most kids (and big kids!) love: swimming, climbing and sliding. You make your way down a mountainside, climbing down rivers, jumping into pools and sliding down waterfalls. This is a perfect way to experience the rugged mountain terrain.
If all that white water has left you a little exhausted, then why not spend a day beside one of the beautiful mountain lakes where you’ll discover a range of slightly less demanding activities. Take a trip across the water and give yourself time to really drink in the scenery in a kayak, or try your hand at sailing or windsurfing in the gentle mountain winds.
So if you’re looking for something more than just lying by a beach or pool with a book this summer, then why not try out some of the fast-paced, action-packed adventures open to you when you book a summer holiday chalet in the French Alps.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers and hikers craft their perfect winter or summer holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for a summer holiday chalet in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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