Morzine is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a vast lift-linked area with statistics to dwarf other resorts. It’s hugely popular with mountain bikers and there are a wide variety of trails for beginners through to expert riders. Road cycling is another popular pursuit in the region, for amateurs and professionals alike – the Tour de France has passed through Morzine more than 20 times. If cycling is not your thing then there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails, a massive public swimming pool and of course plenty of superb bars and restaurants.
Les Gets is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps — chic and stylish — both in the town and on the mountain. This is a fantastic place to relax with family and friends. Enjoy a holiday away from the crowds, with mountain biking, white water rafting, paragliding or a few rounds on the 18-hole golf course. We like nothing better than packing a rucksack with wine, cheese and saucisson and taking in the sunrise from the top of Mont Chéry.
Situated at the heart of The Three Valleys, Méribel is the perfect base for family holiday in the French Alps. There are plenty of hiking trails and the lift system whisks you up to a number of spectacular viewpoints in no time at all. A range of nurseries and clubs are available for children of all ages, offering sports and activities including mountain biking, kayaking, via ferrata, canyoning, climbing and archery.
Not everyone is sad when the spring snow starts to melt. For Frogs Rafting it signals the beginning of their white-water rafting season that can span May to October.
White water rafting is the flip-side to the Alpine winter season and the Alps offers some of the best rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Europe. But rafting isn’t just for thrill seekers — it offers something for all summer visitors to the Alps, no matter your age or ability. We spoke to Nat from Frogs Rafting to find out why we should get down to the river today.
THE RIVER… WHAT CAN WE GET UP TO?
White water rafting can conjure up images of treacherous, fast-moving rivers but it really does offer something for the whole family. At Frogs Rafting we will organise everything from rafting, canyoning, hydrospeeding and cano-rafting to rock climbing and riverside BBQs. We can keep you busy all day!
A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Rafting is the ideal way to see the Alps in a totally different way. You float down the river through the valley seeing it from a totally new perspective, from unusual rock formations to hidden pastures and nature and wildlife untouched by human hand. The river shows you the Alps at its most breathtaking.
River life is inaccessible to us most of the time. As a result so many shy animals and birds flourish in the areas we float passed. You’ll witness the flora and fauna of the Alps in their natural habitat and in abundance.
Or as much thrill as you can handle, because every rafting trip is created with our clients in mind. Whether you want to take a slow boat down the river or take the rapids and push yourself, your time on the river will be tailored to suit you. The river also quickens and slows at different points, so sometimes you will be whizzing down rapids, the next slowly meandering past the incredible scenery. Our focus is on you having an amazing time.
IT WILL BE JUST THE BEGINNING
We tend to find that rafting opens up the mountains to visitors and after they have tried it they have a taste for river life. We offer plenty more white water activities should you decide you want to take on the river again, from canyoning or cano-rafting (like kayaking but you’re in charge of your own boat) to hydrospeeding (going down the rapids headfirst holding onto a float!) and air boating. Or you can stay on dry land and try climbing before enjoying a mountain BBQ. Either way the river has enough to keep you occupied for your entire summer break.