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Spectacular Summer Sports in Vallandry, Les Arcs and Surrounding Area

It may be sacrilegious of us to say, but there’s more to Vallandry than just the slopes. (This includes more sports to try!) Of course, Vallandry skiing will be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a holiday in the French Alps. But this place offers so much, especially if you consider coming in the summer. In this feature, we’re going to run you through some of the other heart-beating, adrenaline-pumping sports you can do when you visit us.

On the Mountains

On the Mountains

Hiking: Swap your skis for some hiking boots and take to the mountains for a ramble. Choices are plentiful here with several routes and all ranging in difficulty levels. Many enjoy walking through the National Park where all the wonder of the natural world is displayed. The Tourist Office has many maps and guides, marking all of the walking trails available in the area. Be sure to pick up one so you don’t get lost!

Mountain Biking: Les Arcs is one of the best downhill mountain biking sites in Europe. The route is challenging with steep downhill sections so is best suited to those who are intermediate or advanced riders. For those that dare it, you will be rewarded with stunning views and flowing tracks into town. You can access easier routes via the Vallandry chairlift for those wanting to try it out.

Scooters: The hour drive from Les Arcs will be worth it when you can jump aboard an off-round scooter and take it for a spin. You can rent these from Arapaho Scooters, although it should be noted that the minimum age for participation is ten.

Rock Climbing: There are many spots around Vallandry to rock climb, both indoor and out. The sports centre of Plagne Bellecôte offers a large indoor climbing wall. If that’s busy, head to the centre where you will find tilting walls where you can practice. If you’re an avid rock climber, many more options are more stimulating. In Les Arcs itself, the Falaise d’Arc has 11 routes, graded from 4b-6a, and comes in between 2000 to 2050m.

For those that are not practiced or confident rock climbers, you are advised to go with professionally supervised services. For example, Via Ferrata climbing allows you to scale a mountain with the help of steps, bridges and ladders. Add to this the added security of a professional by your side (you can request guides to come with you).

Through the Air

Archery: Take your hand to the bow and practice shooting some targets. Archery can be a great way to give your legs a break and work out your arms, as well as channel your inner Robin Hood. Archery set-ups are available in Vallandry, Les Arcs and Rosuel. They set a minimum age of eight to participate.

Tennis: There’s nothing like a bit of tennis, especially for us Brits! You can run-through your swing in the summer sunshine of the French Alps (which is another work-out for your arms). Impressively, Les Arcs has around thirty tennis courts; there are also squash courts in the Arc 1800 sports centre.

Vallandry has two courts to choose from, both of which are bookable through the Tourism Office.

Golf: In the summer, the Les Arcs Golf Course opens its doors. From the end of June to the beginning of September, you can enjoy a more leisurely pursuit as you warm up for the Winter slopes. Les Arcs Golf Course holds many competitions and events throughout the summer that is sure to keep you entertained (and very busy), especially considering its an 18-hole course. For a quicker game, try the 9-hole course in Vallandry or Arc 1800, both of which offer breath-taking mountain views, or the mini-golf courses that are sure to be a hit with the family.

Bowling: Another family favourite has to be bowling. You can find bowling at Les Arcs – in 1800 and 2000. Bowling is a great activity, if, God forbid, the weather turns.

Parkour & Zip wires: We’re very excited about this one, just because Les Arcs is getting a new zip wire very soon! There are, however, many more around the area to enjoy as we wait for it to open; for example, the parkour parks where adult and child alike can swing from monkey bridges, ladders, ropes and zip lines. These are available at Arc 1800, Belle Plagne, Aime Villette, Champagny and Rosuel.

Paragliding: Talking of gliding through the air, paragliding has become a favourite activity for visitors. Along with an instructor, you will try and catch the thermals so you can stay up for longer. A typical experience lasts between twenty and thirty minutes, depending on the wind. The Office de Tourisme can provide you with more information on this interest.

Through the Air
In the Water

In the Water

Canyoning: This is a physically challenging pursuit, so it’s advised only for those who are up for the challenge, as canyoning is made up of a series of abseil descents and jumps. But with various levels available, the activity can be catered somewhat. A minimum age of eight is placed on this activity.

White Water Rafting: This is a firm favourite with holidaymakers. Options range from three-hour sessions up to a full day’s excursion. Battle your way through the rapids, family and friends in tow. This is a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy the local scenery — just don’t expect to stay very dry!

Hydro-speeding: As a new and novice extreme sport to reach the market, this might be one that appeals to people who’ve done it all. Lying on a large float, similar to a body board, you will make your way down rapids (if you can hold on long enough). This is a unique experience, but as you can imagine, is much more demanding physically than canyoning or white water rafting.

Swimming: If all that adrenaline becomes too much, you can take a relaxing dip in one of the many mountain lakes and streams, or even the outdoor swimming pool (equipped with fantastic views) in Arc 1800. In nearby Bourg Saint Maurice, you can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools by diving in on one of the three diving boards.

Leisurely Pursuits

Horse riding: Several stables are running in the Vallandry area. These include the Centre Equestre at Pont Baudin, the Centre Equestre Ranch El Colorado in Bourg Saint Maurice and the Centre Equestre la Cavale in Les Arcs. We recommend getting in touch with these stables to see what facilities and activities they can arrange before going.

Cycling: There’s nothing like taking to a bike to enjoy the Alps. And with trails that suit every ability, no one will be left out. Get in touch with the Tourist Office to ask their opinions on where you should go for your level.

Summer Activity Clubs: Last, but most certainly not least, is the range of summer activity clubs in the area. Travelling with family can be challenging to cater to the holiday to everybody’s interests. With summer activity club in Vallandry and Les Arcs, your kids can hang out with people their age and enjoy the range of activities they put on. You can then go off and enjoy some adult time!

Leisurely Pursuits

These are just a few examples of activities you can enjoy throughout the summer. For more information on booking or planning your holiday, get in touch with us today. We would be happy to tell you more about our summer breaks.

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