In the winter, the French Alps attract legions of thrill seekers intent on navigating the hill sides as safely as possible and/or as quickly as possible!
(TRAVPR.COM) UK - April 6th, 2011 - Few give more than a passing thought to what lies beneath the white covering. The mountains, ridges, and views are often back drops to mountain restaurant meals, a diversion whilst stuck on a stationary lift or whilst waiting for slower colleagues! In the summer this (almost) all changes!
With the snow receding, the alpine meadows turn into lush green pastures, exquisite flowers blossom, and trees taken on their new mantle. The air is just as crisp, clear, and clean, but now it is much warmer. Thrill seekers are still attracted to these high mountain ranges; from mountain bikers to climbers and white water rafters to canyoners. Seekers of a different kind are those on walking holidays in the French Alps.
Hiking and walking holidays in the Alps is probably the oldest form of tourism in the area. There are clearly marked paths amongst the high peaks and clear lakes, through flower strewn meadows and extensive forests. Enlightened resorts open their winter lifts for the summer season. Morzine - Les Gets has the record for the most summer lifts being open - twenty-five! This gives easy access to the most amazing vistas, and walks which would previously have been unachievable for many.
As if walking in such scenery were not enough, tour operators such as Alpine Elements include an array of free activities. Mountain biking, white water rafting, swimming pools, even ice skating are amongst the free activities available in such resorts as Tignes and Chamonix, as well as Morzine - Les Gets.
The hotels and chalets of the winter season take in new guests, but retain the warm welcome, and make wonderful bases for walking holidays. Saunas, hot tubs, and swimming pools make for wonderful post walk relaxation.
The French Alps in the summer may seem like a strange destination for a walking holiday, but for those who value their peace, tranquility, relaxation, and love nature, the high alps are simply the place of choice.