Summer Activities

Mountain Biking

Most mountain bikes never see a mountain, like most 4 x 4s never leave the comfort of tarmac. But there are few things more exhilarating than hurtling down a track which in winter is a ski run. The Les Arcs area has a network of designated tracks covering 200 kilometres of terrain. One ends a few yards from the chalet itself. Many of the ski lifts are open in the summer specifically to take bikes up to as high as 2700m (so no pedalling uphill!) The ride down to our village at 1200m is quite something. We have a large terrace where bikes can be safely stored  >> more

 

Walking/Hiking

From the chalet there is direct access to the famous Les Hauts de Villaroger, one of the 5 nature parks bordering the spectacular Vanoise National Park, Europe’s first and biggest protected area. Ideal for walking in complete peace and quiet.
There are detailed walking maps and guides of the area showing the numerous trails that criss-cross the local countryside (one starts 20 m from the door of the chalet.)
You can opt for a tough all day hike, perhaps with an overnight stay in one of the refuges scattered high in the mountains; or you may prefer a gentle 2 hour walk through the forest or following the course of one of the valley streams. Somehow there is nothing more peaceful than hearing the sound of cowbells echoing as you stroll along your chosen path.
Several of our clients have used Jonny Kaye as a professional walking guide (00336 12 7335 23).
See more information on Les Arc hiking activities
Here is a selection of written local walk guides
Saint Michael Church
Les Cinq Lac
Bonneval les bains - cheese tour
Hauteville Gondon
Les Arc 1800
Arbonne


Here are some  Hiking Tips
   

 

Cycling

Fancy yourself in the polka dot jersey of the King of the Mountains? Well, the Tarentaise region will provide just the challenge you are seeking. The Tour de France might be blighted with drug scandals, but, standing by the roadside near the chalet in 2007, there was no more impressive sight than watching the riders steel themselves for one more climb up to the stage finish at Val d’Isère. But if bursting lung and limb is not your idea of a good time there are many gentle (flat) roads through pretty, carnation bedecked villages at the bottom of the Isere valley.
Here is a small selection of the many suggested cycling routes  >> more

 

White Water Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking

The river Isère is famous as a white water paradise. The melting snows from the surrounding mountains provide a sensational volume of water throughout the summer. A number of canoeing and kayaking championships - from National to World - have been held at Bourg St Maurice, a mere 20 minutes drive away. Whatever your chosen sport: canoeing, kayaking, rafting or hydrospeed, the facilities are second to none. You can rent equipment from wetsuits to inflatables, hire instructors or simply paddle your own canoe.
See more information on White Water Sports

 

Skiing/Snow Boarding

Yes, skiing. You don’t have to wait until winter to get those planks on. Less than 30 minutes from the chalet is Tignes with its amazing glacier up to 3400m, open 365 days a year, offering a variety of runs from the wide open and easy to steep blacks.The best time to go is in the morning because the snow softens up a lot in the afternoon (no problem if you’re a boarder of course). And believe it or not it often snows on the glacier in August. After you’ve finished on the mountain you can swap your boots for tennis shoes because there a literally dozens of courts in the Tignes complex.

See more about great summer skiing at Tignes Glacier

 

Tennis

With over 20 French players ranked in the world’s top 100 you would expect there to be plenty opportunities to play tennis. And you won’t be disappointed: Les Arcs alone has over 30 courts. You also have the chance to improve your game at the local Nastase Tennis Academy where you can reserve lessons on line or by phone There is also a court very close to the chalet at Ste. Foy which is easy to book and relatively little used, despite being in mint condition.
See Club des Sports at Arc 1600 and 1800.

 

Golf

If you are aching to hit your drives a lot further, then give yourself a treat by playing a round at 2000m. Make good contact off the tee and you could nearly send the ball into orbit at nearby Les Arcs 1800. Under local rules you even get a free ‘reload’ if you chance to hit a chairlift. And of course you’ll be surrounded by the most wonderful mountain scenery. But we would recommend a buggy or at least a trolley. Lugging a heavy bag of clubs at this altitude is like playing 36 holes in the morning back home.
See more about golf
Golf at Chantel   above the Haute Tarentaise valley, the Golf des Arcs offers you 18 approved Chantel holes (par 70 of 5497 meters) and 9 holes compact Beauchet (par 27 of 900 meters). Also play the golf simulator (22 courses in the database, including St Andrews and Pebble Beach) in the new Club House at the Lodge where there is also a pro shop, art exhibitions, a restaurant and sun terrace.
Tee-off time must be reserved.


 

Fishing

Not only does the river Isère offer great water sports, but it is fed by a host of tributaries and lakes where locals and visitors alike catch a variety of fish: lively trout, perch, char. In a lot of places you are you do not need a permit so you can fish wherever and whenever you fancy. As they like to say in this part of the world ” the mountains are for everybody, not just the few”. And if you’ve never tasted mountain fish you are in for a delight. Subtle, delicate flavours in white, white flesh. Mmm!

Certain rivers are well populated with rainbow trout, and are accessible by foot.
They include:
    •    Haute Isere in Bourg-Saint-Maurice
    •    No Kill in Seez
    •    St Claude
    •    Haute Isère in Centron
    •    Haute Isère in Savine
They are predominantly at altitudes of 800m to 1750m with the temperature being between 8 to 12°. Maximum depth is 5m and width 35m.
 

Helecopter Rides and Paragliding


For the thrill of the sky try Helecopter Rides and Paragliding

 

Family Activities

 There is always lots to do in the area in summer such as :-
- Rock Climbing – Ste. Foy and Peisey Valandry, climbing wall in Arc 1800 (Villards). See more information on rock climbing 
- Pony Trekking – Bourg-Saint-Maurice
- Swimming  - there is the ‘Centre Nautique Municipal’ in Bourg-Saintt-Maurice with an indoor and outdoor pool and ‘Mille 8 La Piscine‘ at Arc   1800 which also has a fitness room and a steam room. More info at Les Arc site
- AcroBranche Treetop Assault Course  – Peisey-Nancroix . France’s version of GoApe, not for the faint-hearted.
 

Events in Les Arcs

Check out the Les Arcs Diary

    •    Enduro2 Alpine Endurance Bike Race – 25th to 27th June 2016
    •    Experience and taste the Savoie  way of life at The Edelweiss Festival – 9th to 10th July 2016
    •    Classical Music Festival – 18th July to 3rd August 2016
    •    French Canoe and Kayak Slalom Championships – 27th to 31st July 2016
    •    Villaroger’s Vertical K2 Hiking Challenge – 31st July 2016
    •    Shiver Hunter Biking Endurance Event – 5th to 7th August 2016
    •    Bourg-Saint-Maurice Night Ride – 7th August 2016
    •    Mountain Agricultural Show – 21st to 22nd August
    •    The North Face Mont-Blanc Ultra Trail Race – 26th August 2016
    •    The legendary Arcadienne Downhill Biking Race – 27th to 28th August
    •    Summer Fair every Wednesday, between 3.00 and 7.00 p.m in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Arc 1950 – music, pony rides, craftsmen and a farmers’ market.
 

Other Activities

The list of other holiday possibilities goes on and on: paragliding in Les Arcs, rock climbing at Ste Foy, pony trekking from Bourg St Maurice, swimming at the Olympic size pool at Bourg and visiting the local goats farm.

The Olympic size swimming pool at the Centre Nautique in  Bourg which also has an indoor pool and a kids pool. Many people spend a day there because  the Centre is set in large grass and tree surroundings where you can picnic

Goats Farm visit in Saint Foy. In Sainte Foy, you find 3 typical cheeses of the ‘Haute Tarentaise’: Beaufort, Tomme and Persillé. The “Persillé” of Sainte Foy, a unique cheese.This is a type of blue cheese which has a cylindrical form. It has a very rustic grey or ochre rind. Today, the “Persillé” is only made in two main places. One of which is at Mrs Yvette Empereur’s in the Monal Village where you can visit in the summer.

These and many others can all be found in the area.

Here are some useful links :-
Les Arcs in the Summer
The local tourist office
Brochures/Guides
10 good reasons to come in the summer
Best summer activities in Les Arcs