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2 Apr 2017
 
 
 
Summer in the French Alps: a whole world of outdoor activities
 
There's a lot more to the French Alps than skiing. As temperatures rise, the outdoor action hots up too. Welcome to summer in the mountains.

A world of new opportunities for adventure-lovers opens up in the mountains in May - from the thrills and spills of white water rafting on glacial rivers to high altitude treks or swift descents on mountain bike trails amid the spectacular Alpine scenery of Mont Blanc.

Summer visitors can take part in a full calendar of events: from 10Ks and mountain marathons to triathlons and challenging sportives over testing mountain passes.

The Alps is a fantastically family-friendly holiday destination, with organised activities for all ages taking place throughout the year. And at the end of a hard day on the hill, you can spoil yourself with fantastic French food and great company with like-minded outdoor folk in the region's friendly bars and cafes.

Follow your passion and focus on one discipline or try exciting new challenges on a multi-activity holiday. Put away the thermals, grab your sunglasses and head for the hills!
 
 
 
 
How to get active in the Alps
 
How to get active in the Alps
 
From canyoning to paragliding, here are 10 top things to do on your activity holiday.
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Pick and mix!
 
Pick and mix!
 
Create a tailor-made activity holiday - choose your adventures and select your farmhouse.
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Reach new heights
 
Reach new heights
 
Treat yourself to four days of quality mountain running training around Chamonix.
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Make a splash in Morzine
 
Make a splash in Morzine
 
Triathlon training holiday in stunning Alpine locations - flexible and suitable for all levels.
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Take the Tour du Mont Blanc
 
Take the Tour du Mont Blanc
 
Three countries, 170km of riding and 10,000m of ascent/descent on a mountain bike.
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Alpine hiking highlights
 
Alpine hiking highlights
 
A fully-supported one-week trekking trip through France, Italy and Switzerland.
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Take it one col at a time
 
Take it one col at a time
 
Conquer classic climbs on this trip - including the infamous 21 hairpins of Alpe D’Huez.
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MY GOAL: Pedalling to Paris
 
MY GOAL: Pedalling to Paris
 
This will be the biggest ride I've ever done - 300 miles in four days to watch Le Tour!
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Climb into a challenge
 
Whether walking, riding or mountaineering, the Alps is the ideal location to challenge yourself...
 
 
  Geneva to Nice Cycle  
Geneva to Nice Cycle
 
Road cycling - Geneva to Nice, France - 6 days . Sign up for £149.
 
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  Le Col 10 Challenge  
Le Col 10 Challenge
 
Road cycling - Pau, French Pyrenees, France - 8 days on 16 Jun 2017. Sign up for £249.
 
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Event finder
 
Find a run, ride or even a triathlon to do with the locals in the Alps this summer...
 
 
 
Running
 
Friday 23 June 2017 02.00 PM
Mont-Blanc KM Vertical
Chamonix, France
 
Trail running 3.8 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Saturday 24 June 2017 01.00 PM
Mont-Blanc 10K
Chamonix, France
 
Cross-country running 10 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Cycling
 
Saturday 15 July 2017 05.00 AM
Tour du Mont Blanc Cyclo
73620 Hauteluce, France
 
Road cycling 330 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Triathlon
 
Tuesday 25 July 2017 04.00 PM
Triathlon Alpe d Huez - Duathlon
38750 Huez, France
 
Road running 6.5 km Road cycling 15 km Road running 2.5 km
 
 
 
 
 
Triathlon
 
Friday 28 July 2017 02.00 PM
Triathlon Alpe d Huez - Short Distance
38750 Huez, France
 
Swimming 1.2 km Road cycling 30 km Multi terrain running 7.3 km
 
 
 
 
 
Cycling
 
Sunday 13 August 2017 08.30 AM
Cyclosportive de la Madeleine
La Chambre, France
 
Road cycling 127 km Road cycling 100 km Road cycling 70 km
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Wednesday 16 August 2017 08.00 AM
Ut4M 40 Vercors
Grenoble, France
 
Trail running 40 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Saturday 19 August 2017 02.30 PM
Ut4M Graines de Trailers
Grenoble, France
 
Trail running 800 metres    
 
 
 
 
 
Cycling
 
Sunday 20 August 2017 08.00 AM
La Granfondo Les 2 Alpes
Les 2 Alpes, France
 
Road cycling 172 km Road cycling 66 km  
 
 
 
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An adventure playground
 
From classic cycle rides to yoga weekends, find your perfect activity holiday in the Alps...
 
 
  Trans-Alps Cycling Challenge  
Trans-Alps Cycling Challenge
 
Road cycling in Morzine, French Alps, France - 8 days from $3895 with Thomson Bike Tours
 
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  The Alps Long Weekend  
The Alps Long Weekend
 
Road cycling in La Grave, French Alps, France - 4 days from £595 with La Vie en Vélo
 
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  Haute Route - Alps  
Haute Route - Alps
 
Road cycling in French Alps, France - 9 days from €3999 with Altitude Training Cycling Camp
 
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  2017 Tour de France Alps Week  
2017 Tour de France Alps Week
 
Road cycling in French Alps, France - 9 days from £970 with Cycle Hame
 
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  Etape Du Tour 2017  
Etape Du Tour 2017
 
Road cycling in French Alps, France - 5 days from £749 with Sportive Breaks
 
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  Yoga Long Weekend - French Alps  
Yoga Long Weekend - French Alps
 
Fitness in Morzine, French Alps, France - 4 days from €496 with Alpine Action Adventures
 
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  Fitness & Health Boot Camp - Long Weekend  
Fitness & Health Boot Camp - Long Weekend
 
Fitness in Morzine, French Alps, France - 4 days from £550 with Alpine Action Adventures
 
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A few more ideas
 
Our local experts share their knowledge to help you get the most out of the Alps...
 
 
 
Mountain biking in the Alps
Mountain biking in the Alps
Discover the greatest vertical descent in the world
 
 
 
 
 
Take on classic Alpine climbs
Take on classic Alpine climbs
Road cycling in the French Alps
 
 
 
 
 
Snowshoeing in the Alps
Snowshoeing in the Alps
A great cross-training idea for runners
 
 
 
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