Posted on 10 April 2013
Skiing is the prime reason people buy property in the French Alps, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t visit your Alpine home once all the white stuff has melted for another year. In fact, there is arguably a larger variety of activities on offer in the French Alps during the warmer months, and we’re not just talking about walking mountain trails. As a guide, here are some of the lesser known things homeowners in the Haute Savoie region could get up to during a summer break there.
Fancy navigating your way down gorges, floating down snow-melt streams and sliding down waterfalls? If so, the increasingly popular sport of canyoning is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the natural beauty of the French Alps. In many resorts, in particular Chamonix, you’ll find guides who can kit you out and take you off for a day or half a day. Rafting or kayaking can be just as fun, and there are some fantastic rivers in the Haute Savoie that offer this, including L’Isère, the source of which is near the similarly named Val d’Isère, and the Dranse, which is only 30 minutes from Châtel ski resort. Châtel is also home to one of the world’s longest aerial runways – an extreme type of zip-wire, so not for the faint-hearted.
In addition to this, horse-riding, mountain-biking, paragliding, paintballing, fishing and sailing on Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy are all options for enjoyable days outside of the winter season. There are, of course, golf courses dotted around the region too. The year-round attractions of the Haute Savoie also help to make properties there more lettable to holidaymakers, which is worth considering when choosing your “ski” property.