Playlist : 10 new thrills to try
1.Tour de France style
Did you know that the Tour de France has passed through Les 3 Vallées multiple times? Mount your bike, just like a racer in ‘La Grande Boucle’, slap bang in the middle of a mountain stage. Will the climb earn you the polka dot jersey, or will you need a little electrical assistance?
Where? The Col de La Loze mountain pass between Courchevel and Méribel, nicknamed the Giant of the Alpes, or cross the finish line in Val Thorens just like the Tour de France racers in 2019.
2.Mineral and wild
The day starts very early. In terms of dress code, a down jacket is essential wear. Accompanied by a guide, you’re off on a glacial hike. At an altitude of 3,000 metres, you’ll explore a mineral, wild world. Wearing crampons, and with a pickaxe in your hand, make your way between the crevices.
Where? In Courchevel and Val Thorens
3.Conquer your fear of heights
Is the film Cliffhanger an old favourite of yours? You don’t need Sylvester Stallone’s muscles to climb a cliff face. With a helmet on your head and a harness around your behind, try out via ferrata. A guide will help you to conquer your fear of heights.
Where? At Lac de La Rosière (Courchevel Moriond), La Croix des Verdons/La Dent de Burgin (Courchevel/Méribel), Le Cochet and Le Levassaix (Les Menuires).
4.Get up close and personal with the summits
You don’t need to be a hardened hiker to explore the high mountains. You just need to step aboard a gondola lift or chair lift. At altitude, enjoy breath-taking views over Les 3 Vallées peaks and set your camera or smartphone to panoramic mode.
Where? From every resort in Les 3 Vallées.
5. An udder joy
Why not take the opportunity to visit a farm on your holiday?
Children will love seeing the animals right up close. And who knows? You may be asked to lend a hand in the milking or cheese-making.
Where? Chez Pépé Nicolas, La Ferme de Villarenger, La Traye Refuge in Méribel, farms in Courchevel and a number of Alpine meadows in Les 3 Vallées.
6.A refreshing interlude
After a hike, treat yourself to a well-earned riverside or lakeside break. They’re the perfect places to give tired feet a refreshing soak. For even more enjoyment, why not take a few barefoot steps on the Alpine grasses or woodland moss.
Where? Beside any stream, river or lake in Les 3 Vallées.
7.Become one with your horse
Les 3 Vallées’ wide-open spaces are the perfect backdrop for a horse ride. You’ll love galloping over forest paths and trotting through Alpine pastures. With the family, it’ll be love at first sight for your child and their horse.
Where? At the Courchevel equestrian centre and at Cœur Équestre des 3 Vallées in Méribel.
8. In the air
Looking for a thrill? Ziplining is one great option. There are a number of facilities available: a short cable for getting started or a longer one for maximum glide. Safely strapped into your harness, you’ll whoop with delight!
Where? At La Rosière nature area in Courchevel Moriond, at Méribel’s treetop adventure trail, at Les Bruyères lake in Les Menuires and at the Lac des Grenouilles in Val Thorens.
9. Touch the stars
The starry sky is magnificent in summertime in the mountains. To avoid any light pollution, why not opt for a bivouac at the heart of nature or take the opportunity to do some stargazing on an astronomy evening including a chalet meal?
Where? Everywhere in Les 3 Vallées and at Astronomy evenings in Val Thorens.
10. When in Rome...
If holidays are synonymous with relaxation for you, head to a thermal spa and don a pair of flip-flops and a robe. Your programme: try out the various saunas, swimming pool and thermal whirlpool bath before collapsing on a sun lounger with a herbal tea for a chat with your neighbour.
Where? At Grand Spa Thermal de Brides-les-Bains
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