Val d’Isere is a well known ski resort in the French Alps but it’s far from closed in the summer months. This resort nestled in the Tarentaise valley is the ideal destination for an active summer holiday. With so much to do, there’s no chance you’ll ever be bored!

 

Hiking in Val d’Isere

A large proportion of Val d’Isere lies within the Vanoise National Park, the oldest national park in France. It’s world renowned for its beauty. Walking in the Vanoise National Park is the best way to admire the rich flora and fauna surrounded by the majestic mountains soaring above you.

Ice Trail Tarentaise - Credit: icetrailtarentaise.fr

Ice Trail Tarentaise - Credit: icetrailtarentaise.fr

The National Park covers a huge area of 53,000 ha, and boasts a sunny, dry climate due to its sheltered position. You can either venture into the park under your own steam, or book a place on one of the guided walks, which are organised by local operators.

 

There are many walks that you can take high up in the mountains, accessed via the lifts, which are free to use during the summer. The Solaise, Olympique & Borsat lifts operate between June 28th to August 31st.

Biking in Val d’Isere

There are plenty of opportunities for both mountain biking and road cycling in and around Val d’Isere. Mountain bikers can take advantage of the lifts and start their descent down one of the many trails. There are mountain bike trails suitable for all abilities so if it’s your first time not to worry, you can try the 12km gentle descent. It’s also possible to book some lessons in resort before you start.

 

Road cycling is a very popular pastime in France, after all, it is home to Le Tour! You can hire a road bike in resort and try your hand at the highest road pass in Europe: the Iseran pass, 2,770 meters above sea level.

Other activities

You don’t have to venture far to occupy yourself with some fun sporting activities while in Val d’Isere. There are two sports parks that offer a wide range of activities including tennis, swimming, crazy golf, archery, horse riding and circus skills. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new, and the activities are suitable for all ages so the kids are definitely not left out.

 

Fancy a bird’s eye view of Val d’Isere? Why not give paragliding a go? There are instructors who can take you on a tandem flight to experience the wind in your hair whilst gliding through the air.

 

There are a variety of other activities available in Val d’Isere during your summer holiday. For more information on Val d’Isere during the summer, visit the office tourist board website.