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The Alps are so incredibly beautiful, you have to see them to believe them. Whether you are looking for a summer holiday in the mountains or to utilise the famous ski resorts, the French Alps offer a variety for everyone to enjoy.
French wooden chalets with heart shaped lattices and flower boxes looked stunning in winter or summer, under a blanket of snow or surrounded by wild flowers. Each French village will have a selection of activities for days off skiing such as cinema, bars, restaurants and shops.
The French Alps are famed for their energetic apres ski scene with ski in and ski out bars, strategically placed on the slopes and also accessible for pedestrians. You can't quite beat a bear at the top of the mountain gazing across the snow capped valley.
What's great about the french alps is that so many of the mountains are so close that if you want to try out different mountains, you can easily travel to the sister peaks.
November to April
Winter sports activities include skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste skiing, snowboarding, off-piste snowboarding, snow-shoeing, husky walking, sledging, snow-mobiling, mono-skii, heli-skiing, glacier walking, ice diving and ice skating.
May to September
July and August are best for weather, but late May and June have wonderful wild flowers that shouldn’t be missed. Just remember that for high-level hiking in June you will still find snow on the ground and strong, waterproof boots are essential, preferably with gaiters and crampons. If you’re hiking on a glacier, you will need snow shoes even in Summer.
The French Alps also offers some spectacular lakes, the largest being Lake Geneva, Lac d’Annecy and Lac de Bourget.
Summer sports activities include archery, tennis, bungee jumping, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf, rambling, horse riding, rafting, swimming, hiking, rowing, sailing, paragliding, quad biking, rock climbing, canyoning and water rafting.