Activities to try in the French Alps

Last updated 10th August 2022

1/11  Parapenting

What we know as paragliding, this sport is a great experience and a must to see the Alps from a different point of view. The take-off will get the heart pumping, however as soon as you’re in the air the sensation turns into a very peaceful experience as you glide over the mountains and trees. For Peace of mind, you’ll be accompanied by an instructor who will make the flight as sedate or exciting as you like!

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 6+

Price: From €70 per person

2/11  Canyoning

Follow the river downstream and travel through some spectacular areas of the French Alps with waterfalls, down chutes and plung pools. Canyoning involves making way through a canyon by either walking, scrambling, climbing, abseiling or even jumping towards a designated exit point.

Canyoning is an exciting activity for all abilities, ages and is available in many resorts in the Alps.

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 12+

Price: From €50

3/11  The Fantasticable

The Fantasticable is a zip wire ride like nothing else! Strapped into a harness in the superman position, fly between mountain tops at almost 100mph! The zip wire covers over 3 kilometres which is in 2 stages at the top of the Chaux Fleurie lift. Take in the views in this unique position, its sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

Who’s it good for? Open to anyone weighing between 35 and 120 kg

Price: From €20 in Morzine and Les Gets

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4/11  Blobbing

The blob jump is a massive inflatable air bag.  The aim of the blob is to launch one person into the water, which is achieved when another person jumps onto the opposite end of the blob. Not for the faint heated, the blob can hurl a person 15-20 feet in the air! Experienced ‘blobbers’ can even try tricks and flips once airborne!

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 12+

Price: From €8

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5/11  Paddleboarding

Try the fashionable sport of Paddleboarding this summer on various lakes in the French Alps. The learning curve is very quick and within an hour you will be able stand up and paddle the board around the lake. This addictive sport is a great alternative to kayaking and offers a fun yet relaxing way to enjoy the water!

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 6+

Price: From €5 in Tignes and Val D’Isere or €10 in Morzine and Les Gets

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6/11  Mountain Biking

The range of mountain biking in the French Alps really is world class and suitable for all the family to enjoy! Discover the beauty of the Alps on 2 wheels and explore on the family friendly bike routes that are dotted in all resorts. There are even specialist kids’ zone bike parks for the little ones to gain confidence in a safe and less extreme environment!

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 6+

Price: Free MTB hire for 3 or 6 days (resort dependent) on an Alpine Elements Active Holiday

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7/11  Segway Experience

A Segway is two wheeled, self-balancing battery powered vehicle that is a slightly unorthodox mode of transport. This fun and slightly silly vehicle will sure create some laughs as you explore the French Alps in either Morzine or Annecy. Led by a professional guide and with off-road tyres discover nature on a Segway this summer. Run time is between 1 and 2 hours.

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 14+

Price: From €40

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8/11  White Water Rafting

A classic on any activity list, white water rafting is an experience the whole family can enjoy together. As soon as the snow melts this opens up the famous rapids which offer a fun and exhilarating ride down small waterfalls and swirling currents. Before you hit the water the instructors will brief you on the equipment and safety and will guide you through the rapids from beginning to end.

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 8+. Must be confident swimmer

Price: From €38 in Val D’Isere and Tignes

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9/11  Quad Biking

Certain to bring a smile to your face and perfect for families to enjoy and explore the French Alps. Quad bike either on a set course or travel in a group on a quad trek through the mountain areas. Offered for all ages with adult bikes and children’s mini quads, tuition and overalls with helmets are provided.

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 10+

Price: From €35

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10/11  The Luge

On Morzine’s hillside you can find the luge toboggan run. Take the Crusaz chairlift up the hill then travel down as fast as you dare on the car. With control through a hand break you really can go as fast as you want, but be warned the luge can get extremely competitive! Sledge down 150 metres to the bottom either by yourself or parent can ride with young children. There are two trails of different lengths and difficulty levels, this is an activity that suits all ages!

Who’s it good for? Suitable for ages 8+

Price: From €8

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