Outdoor activities in the Alps

As you might imagine – the Alps is really a great outdoor activity centre. Follow the links for our dedicated sections on white water rafting, walking and mountain biking in the Alps.

In our attractions section, we have also listed a number of outdoor activity centres, plus we have a section on skiing (the Alps becomes a skiing paradise between late November and early April).

But the Alps isn’t just a winter destination, there is plenty more the keep the active entertained.

Via Ferratas

Via Ferratas – are man made facilities for rock climbing with ladders, walkways, handrails and safety cables. These are possibly too challenging for younger children, yet they are great fun for older kids from young teens upwards. Some are free of charge but we would recommend that you should use the services of an organised activity company or private guide.

There are five Via Ferrata’s in Haute Savoie. You can learn to rock climb or use ropes and harness on the “Via Ferrata” in Avoriaz.

Summer Skiing:

Skiing does not need to be restricted solely to the winter months. Several Alpine resorts offer the opportunity for skiing on glaciers during the summer. If you’re into skiing anyway, this is a great option for a day out with a difference during a more conventional summer holiday. It wouldn’t be recommended though for non-skiers.

Listed here are the main summer ski resorts we have come across:

  • Les Deux Alpes – here is the largest summer skiing glacier in Europe
  • Tignes/Val d’Isere – skiing is possible well into the summer on La Grande-Motte glacier. A ski lift operates all year round to the top of the glacier
  • Alpe d’Huez – skiing possible in the summer
  • Val Thorens – excellent summer skiing at high altitude at Péchet
  • La Plagne – skiing on the Bellecôte glacier


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Alps: