4 Brilliant Summer Activities in the Alps

The Alps are a beautiful destination to spend your summer holiday and there are so many exciting activities to get involved in. If you have a ski chalet job in the Alps, once the season ends you can spend your free time exploring small villages, driving along beautiful mountain passes and swimming in crystal clear alpine lakes. Here are 4 brilliant activities in the Alps.

Paragliding

If you are paragliding for the first time do not worry you will be given instructions and a trained pilot will manoeuvre the parachute for you. All you will need to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular view beneath you while you fly like a bird through the mountains, valleys and lakes. Interlaken in Switzerland is the perfect place to go. You can also request to photos or videos of your flight so that you will have a memory of this memorable experience forever.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a fabulous sport and there are many bike rides for people of different skill levels. Tirol in the Austrian Alps is a popular destination for mountain bikers. Tirol has a diverse landscape and trails that go through low hills, valleys and huge mountains. The Paznaun Valley has over 40 trails that cater to all skill levels. Nauders is a great place for families to go mountain biking. The Ötztal Valley is fabulous for adrenaline junkies and there are tons of trails that have steep downhill grades. The Ziller Valley offers spectacular scenic views of mountains as high as 3,000 meters. You can hire guides to take you out or you can explore the trails on your own. Be sure to wear all of the gear that you are provided and ride safe.

Canyoning

Canyoning is a fabulous sport and you can hire guides to help you get the most out of this thrilling sport. All of the equipment like wetsuits, harnesses and helmets will be provided to you.

There are hundreds of canyons in the South Western French Alps ranging from beginner canyoning suitable for families to extreme canyoning. If you are travelling with kids then the kiddie canyoning levels are appropriate and they offer canyoning with abseils, toboggans and jumps. If you want advanced level canyoning then you can canyon through high waterfalls.

Zip Wiring

Zip Wiring should be included in your summer multiactivity holiday itinerary. It is a fabulous rush and the French Alps are the best place to experience this thrilling sport. La Tyrolienne is currently the highest zip line and it connects two French ski resorts. It starts at an altitude of 3230 meters and the journey is 1.3 kilometre long. It runs across the snowy roof of the Savoie region. You will be wrapped to a fabric harness and will be launched for your trip that exceeds over 100 kilometres per hour.

The ride will last under two minutes but you will have an experience of a lifetime travelling at those speeds on a wire with just a harness to keep you safe. The wire runs at a height of 250 meters above ground so people with vertigo may have a problem with this sport.

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1Comment
  • Susan Munoz
    Posted at 21:49h, 13 May Reply

    It was time for cycling round the lake, air-rifle shooting, archery and mini-golf, before a spot of kayaking on the water. If we’d had more time, then stand-up paddleboarding would have been next (although we’d have had to pay for that, as the Sportignes card limits you to one watersport per day.

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