The Réserve Naturelle de la Sassière

Lac du Chevril, Haute Tarentaise

If you’re in the Haute Tarentaise in summer, perhaps based in Saint-Foy Tarentaise, Tignes or Val d’Isère, you’ll have access to a network of footpaths whose well-signed routes will take you into some truly magnificent mountain scenery.

Sentier des bords de Dranse, Châtel

Dranse valley, La Chapelle d'Abondance

Take the family-friendly cycle trail along the banks of the River Dranse between Châtel and Abondance. There’s a summer shuttle bus service to take you and your bikes back to Châtel.

Summer Walk: Sainte-Foy Tarentaise to Le Monal.

Walkers at Le Monal, Sainte Foy Tarentaise

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.

Time to ski the southern French Alps?

Two skiers on cruising piste at Vars, French Alps

The more southerly Alpine resorts are a revelation, so what things are like even further south? The answer is: “Better than you ever imagined…”.

Riding out the storm

Skiers on Marvel piste, Morillon, Grand Massif

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.

It’s Snowing in Samoëns…

Liaison between Samoens and Les Carroz, Grand Massif

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.