A summer holiday in the Alps can be just as sporty and fun as a winter one, with the scenery every bit as beautiful. Activities include road biking and mountain biking, swimming in natural lakes, hiking, golf and horse-riding. It’s a great way to keep your ski-fitness levels up! And we also have a few offers for next winter – just scroll lower down the page.
Flaine apartment from £136pp with Summer France
Save more than 40% on an active holiday in Flaine, where you can make the most of the Flaine Summer Pass, which is free for people staying four nights or more at the three-star Résidence Les Terrasses de Veret. Each apartment (sleeping up to 10) features a fully-equipped kitchen, living area and a balcony or terrace. The pass gives access to numerous sporting activities and cultural events such as archery, tennis, a laser rifle course, a Jiu Jitsu session, and classical concerts. A week’s stay, from June 30, costs from £34pp (£136 total – was £241 total, so a saving of 43%) for a one-bedroom apartment, sleeping up to four people. This is accommodation-only, with flights and transfers extra. Bookings: Summer France.
Oz-en-Oisans for dog lovers from £50pp per night with VIP Chalets
Each year, humans and dogs compete in tandem at the Canicross event in the Alpe d’Huez area. The race involves cross-country running with dogs attached by a harness to their owners. This year, Oz-en-Oisans will host the first three stages of the race from Saturday August 4 to Monday August 6. Canine-lovers who want to watch the race can do so during a holiday to Alpe d’Huez, which is connected by chair-lift to Oz-en-Oisans. Chalet La Ferme sleeps ten in three twin and two double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom and balcony. There’s also a wet suite with sauna and hot-tub. From £50pp per night based on a minimum three nights’ self-catering in August. Half board upgrade available at extra cost. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Val d’Isere relay race for 60€ pp
Fancy taking part in the Odlo High Trail Vanoise, which is from July 6 to 8 and starts and finishes in the centre of Val d’Isere? The 70km route with more than 5000 metre’ of vertical ascent and descent is challenging, and includes climbing to the summit of the Grande Motte Glacier. To encourage more participants, a new relay race has been introduced for the 2018 programme. The first leg of the race is 35km long with 2300 metres of ascent, and the second part of the race (for the second runner) is 35km long and climbs 3000 metres. It costs 60€ pp to enter. Information: High Trail Vanoise.
Wildschoenau action from 402€ with Visit Tirol
Home to 300km of walking routes and dozens of bike trails, the Wildschoenau region is great for active families. The Wildschonau Family Card is included when booking accommodation and gives free use of the three cable-cars, the open-air pool and tennis courts. Whilst you’re here you can visit the beautiful Kundl Gorge in Niederau, from which there are lots of family-friendly hikes. A week’s stay at family-friendly Landhotel Tirolerhof during the summer holidays costs from 402€ (£354pp) for a family of four, including half-board accommodation, use of the indoor pool, a free hiking map and a Family Card. Information: Wildschonau.com
Val d’Isere all-inclusive from £624pp with Skiworld
Book an all-in ski deal and get your lift pass and equipment hire/ski carriage included on top of accommodation, flights and transfers. As well as being the most streamlined way to get slope-ready, it’s also much cheaper than buying everything separately. Price based on chalet board basis for seven nights at Chalet Cherrier in Val d’Isere, departing from Gatwick on December 8. Bookings: Skiworld.
Cortina d’Ampezzo from £789pp with Inghams
A seven-night holiday on a chalet-board basis at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in Cortina d’Ampezzo is now from £789pp. Price includes a discount of £150pp, as well as the €50pp worth of free bar credit. Also included are return flights from Gatwick (supplements for flights from other UK airports may apply), airport transfers, and the package is valid for travel departing on January 26. Bookings: Inghams.
Val d’Isere for £995pp with SNO
There are some good pre ski season deals on luxury chalets this December. Seven-nights in Chalet Mistral in Val d’Isere costs £995pp on the week beginning December 6, including gourmet chalet catering and a chauffeur service (the peak season price is £3,595 a head). The chalet has seven en-suite bedrooms sleeping 14 guests and luxury facilities include two outdoor hot tubs, a spa treatment room and a cinema. Bookings: SNO.
La Plagne half term for £1,240pp with Snowfinders
Stay in the catered Chalet Hotel Graciosa in La Plagne, on the week starting February 17. The chalet is ski-in ski-out and has eight double/twin rooms, nine triple rooms and a bunk room. The holiday costs from £1,240pp half board, including flights from Gatwick and resort transfers. Bookings: Snowfinders.