10 bite-size activities for a summer break in the Portes du Soleil!
The mountains are the ideal place for fun in the great outdoors with family and friends in the summer. Check out our guide below, it's full of ideas to fill your days.
The Multi Pass activity card is your key to enjoying your stay in the mountains to the full. With this card, there's more than 60 things to do! It costs €2 per day/per person when you stay with a Multi Pass accommodation provider - and it is even free for under 5s.
For example try "mountain-hopping", take the cable car "merry-go-round", go for a refreshing dip in a lake or try lots of new activities on the ground or in the air:
Here are our top 10 activities.
1. Walk with the goats in Les Lindarets.
Les Lindarets is quite simply a most beautiful mountain hamlet with lots of friendly goats! Going to see the goats in Les Lindarets is the aim of this fun walk that's easy for everyone to do.
Top tip: On the way back, you should take a refreshing dip in Lake Montriond!
2. Play Minigolf in Avoriaz
The minigolf centre is open every day (except Saturday morning) for beginners to play on a fun 12-hole course in the centre of Avoriaz. It's a great way to explore this futuristic resort. What's more, you can get there using the mountain lifts!
Top tip: Just around the corner you can pop into Aquariaz, the lush tropical waterpark set amid the mountains.
3. Take a dip in the mountain lake in Les Gets
At 1200 metres above Les Gets village (around 20 minutes on foot or take the little train from the tourist office) you can take a refreshing break in the Lac des Ecoles.
For anyone who loves water games, the Wibit aquapark is lots of fun. There’s even a kids zone for 5-8 year-olds: le kids park!
Free entry to Lac des Ecoles with Multi Pass and access to the aqua park is by reservation (sessions last 45 minutes)
Top tip: Visit the renowned Musée de la musique mécanique and discover the history behind music boxes and so much more.
4. Discover the panorama of Mont Blanc by Little Train!
Take the Little Train in Les Gets to Mont Caly. Remember to take your camera and walking shoes for some easy trekking. You can descend to the village on foot, by small train or take an easy walk to the Mont Chery cable car. Reservation essential.
Top tip: Take in the panorama whilst eating lunch on the terrace of the mountain restaurant at Mont Caly or taste some of the regional produce on offer at the local store.
5. Go summer sledging in Morzine!
In winter, the Pleney slope is a famous ski stadium that plays host to exciting races.
In the summer, there's downhill...sledging, on rails! This activity is open to all (children from 3 - 8 years must be accompanied by an adult).
Top tip Try mountain biking and explore the mountains while you pedal. It's suitable for everyone and can be adapted to skill and level of confidence.
6. Visit Morgins
One alternative to the summer sledge is "dévalkart". This all-terrain kart uses gravity (acceleration guaranteed, 0% CO2 emissions) to get you down the mountain. To get back up the hill again, just re-attach the kart to the button lift, minimum height 1m35)
Top tip: Take a trip into the magnificent valley of They where you can explore the area at your own pace and cool your feet in the Vièze stream.
7. Try some cheese in Abondance
Visit the Abondance cheese house "La Maison du Fromage" to taste their famous Abondance cheese! This visitors' information centre focuses on this local delicacy with its educational, sensorial tour. And make sure you save the best 'til last: cheese tasting!
Top tip: Stroll from farm to farm in Abondance valley, as some sell their cheese to visitors - they may even share their recipe for Berthoud (a local dish containing melted Abondance cheese)
8. Fly high over the alpine meadows in Chatel
Take the fantasticable and zoom over the Chatel valley on a giant zip wire more than 200m above the ground (minimum weight 35 kg: The Fantasticable can be booked for one or as a duo.
Top tip: Visit the old customs house in Châtel .The Portes du Soleil mountains straddle France and Switzerland - a few years ago customs officers were still based in Chatel. The customs headquarters, which overlooks the village and Vonnes lake, is now a customs museum. There's lots of fun stories to see, all illustrated as cartoons (by a former customs officer) covering the history of smuggling.
9. Go Ape in the tree park at the Nyon Waterfall!
Nyon is home to a tree-to-tree adventure course in the heart of the forest, with the waterfall in the background This large circuit is situated about 3 metres above the ground and can be completed in around one and a half hours. At Cascade Adventure you'll find a mixture of routes with safety netting, zip wires, and suspended bridges for different abilities.
Top tip Visit the top of Point de Nyon to see Le Pas de L’Aigle - the 15-metre glass footbridge attached to the mountain provides a unique vertiginous sensation. It offers you 350 metres of space and a panorama of almost 360 ° breath-taking view between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.
10. Visit the Vallee D’Aulps Abbey discovery centre in Saint Jean D’Aulps
Discover the permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as the grounds including the medicinal garden and medieval vegetable patch of this Cistercian 11th Century Abbey.
Top Tip: Book a rafting adventure with Indiana’ventures for an exhilarating afternoon surfing the rapids on the river Dranse. All equipment and tuition provided by experienced and qualified guides.
Linda loves being a tourist in her own town. It has become a passion to discover new places to share with their friends and guests