Châtel is an essential destination for challenging downhill mountain-biking coupled with an authentic Alpine experience.
Summer holidays in the mountains mean lots of activities, wonderful accommodation at a reasonable price and a really friendly welcome, not to mention the amazing scenery. Here are five activities to help you enjoy the French Alps with ideas for family activities, outings and scenic touring.
An exhilarating walk from Châtel in the Portes du Soleil, French Alps. After taking in the views from Morclan and the Col de Folière close to the Swiss border, set off down the valley for lunch at the Chalet de Barbossine, a summer dairy farm producing AOC Abondance cheese.
The Sentier des Bords de Dranse is a family-friendly cycle trail along the banks of the River Dranse between Châtel and Abondance. Stop off in La Chapelle d’Abondance around midway for refreshments in the centre of the village. There’s a choice of restaurants in all three villages and a summer shuttle bus service to take you and your bikes back to your start point.
This is a beautiful walk that will suit the whole family. Gaze in awe at glaciers, observe wildlflowers and picnic beside a clear mountain stream. Finally, take some time to enjoy the remote, protected hamlet of Le Monal.
Like all skiers, our pulses quicken when the snow begins to fall, but you can have too much of a good thing. Dont believe me? Try skiing in near-blizzard conditions, when you can’t read the surface of the piste you’re negotiating, thick mists have blotted out even long-familiar features and the wind is strengthening by the minute. When you get assailed by all three, then it’s time to do the unthinkable and head back down the mountain to sit out the storm.
The latter part of this month’s sustained snowfalls in the French Alps seem to have bypassed the Grand Massif, but there was more than enough to make our first couple of days’ skiing from Samoëns very enjoyable.
Chris Lawler, owner of Mountain Spaces ski chalets in Morzine kicks off the Top Tens for this winter with pre ski holiday preparation.
We decided to head over to the Southern French Alps, to discover just what most mainstream skiers might be missing. Great snowfalls, clear blue skies and unpressured pistes were just some of the things which bowled us over and convinced us that we’d stumbled upon an area which deserves to be much better known.
With 250km of terrain for all levels of skier, and at the gateway to the Southern Alps. Long regarded as something of an alternative choice, ‘Serre Che’ has come of age as major ski area.