While many think French Alps ski resorts shut down and go into hibernation during the summer months, the reality couldn’t be more different. La Plagne ski resort offers plenty of summer activities on and off the mountains. From relaxing to full-on adrenaline-pumping, there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in La Plagne. It's the ideal double-season resort for French Alps property owners and holidaymakers alike.
What to do in La Plagne in the summer? Experience the rivers, forests and glaciers whilst they're basking in the Alpine sunshine. Check out our top 10 activities for some summer holiday inspiration...
For those of us who feel at home in the water, La Plagne offers a wide variety of water sports to dip your toes into! The Isère river in the upper Tarentaise valley makes the white water experience ideal for thrill-seekers with the terrain’s natural gradient.
Canoeing is the perfect Alpine family adventure! The canoe rafts are unsinkable and inflatable, allowing you and your family to make the most of the river descent with ease. The descents are taken on by groups of 4 to 5 boats, accompanied by a fully qualified guide. You are equipped with neoprene suits and shoes, a safety jacket and a helmet.
Refreshing and exhilarating is the best way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides. You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course.
With the safety of a guide, abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids until your heart's content. Choose from short beginners routes or longer ones for the more adventurous adrenaline-junkies.
Hydro speeding is a fun, thrilling way to get yourself down a river. You’ll be clinging onto a large float as you send yourself hurtling down the rapids! This extreme water sport is a little more demanding physically but gives you the unique, thrilling opportunity to surf down white water rivers.
There is plenty of protection from the icy water elements as you'll be wearing a wetsuit, safety helmet and flippers.
Archery encourages families of all ages to shoot a bow and arrow. There are a number of places near La Plagne to sharpen your archery skills and attempt a bullseye. They will all provide you with bow and arrows and you can take lessons to become the next Robin Hood!
Cycling and Mountain Biking
As you can imagine, riding in the Alps requires stamina and strong quads and calves. The hilly roads around La Plagne are the setting for some of the most gruelling sections of the Tour de France, but they can be tackled by enthusiasts as well as professionals as long as you have adequate fitness levels. As well as the spectacular mountain views, you will witness famous passes, spectacular gorges, flowing valley roads and beautiful scenery from start to finish.
Walking, Hiking and Trail Running
Different trails and routes with varying difficulty mean there is something for everyone who wants to hike, wander or amble around La Plagne and the Paradiski area.
As the snow retreats in late Spring, La Plagne’s ski area transforms with routes you’d normally recognise as pistes suddenly becoming walking and hiking trails. There are hundreds of options; picturesque national park routes across the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, the forested glades of Montchavin and Montalbert and right up to the lofty heights of the glacier at 3250m.
In addition to the walking trails, the resort has also invested in dedicated trail running tracks making La Plagne ideal for all ages and fitness types.
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on one of the many magnificent glaciers - the nearby Glacier de la Chiaupe, the Glacier du Varet and the Bellecote glacier - all provide breathtaking, panoramic mountain views and spectacular crevasses for an incredible adventure.
Via Ferrata are protected climbing routes found in the Alps. The secured climbing itineraries employ steel cables, rungs or ladders, fixed to the rock to ensure the protection of the users for a safe but exhilarating introduction to mountain climbing. La Plagne has three via Ferrata courses open during the summer months: one above Belle Plagne (graded easy) and another two above Champagny-en-Vanoise.
La Plagne has two zip wire experiences - the Super Tyro in Plagne Centre reaches thrilling speeds up to 90km per hour over a 140m ravine! At a gradient of 16%, it is twice as steep as most normal ziplines. The second zip wire is located next to Belle Plagne on a 2km track through the trees. There are a total of 10 zip wires on this course ranging from 50-110m in length at a maximum of 45m off the ground.
For those who prefer to simply soak up the sights, La Plagne reopens many of its main lifts through the summer to give pedestrian access to the stunning summits. The Funiplagne, Roche de Mio and Bellecôte glacier gondolas run every day (weather permitting) and access the highest reaches of the area for the breathtaking views over the Isère valley, Mont Blanc, Les Arcs and Les Trois Vallées.