Last week we spoke of the beautiful winter wonderland we're living in right now. But more importantly we would love to tell you about the many summer opportunities Val d'Isère has to offer. When you come to the French Alps for your cookery course, obviously cooking and enjoying your creations is the primary focus. But you should remember that there's a whole host of summer activities to explore during the free hours each day.
If you have followed our Advent Calendar in December, most of the windows we opened gave you a pretty good impression of what is going on in our little village in the summer months. Summer season 2017 starts on July 2 and finishes on August 26.
The most obvious activities in the area are hiking, mountain biking and road cycling. With numerous hiking trails and varying degrees of difficulty there is a walk for everybodys ability and time frame.
The same applies for the mountain bike runs: you can take one of the free lifts up to the mountain and then go on a downhill ride of your choice. Just as in winter you'll find green, blue, red and black runs and choose the ones you are most comfortable with. Mountain bikes and safety gear can all be rented while you're in town!
If you're more into road cycling, the Col de l'Iséran will be your challenge in Val d'Isère! For many locals it's a daily workout and we hear it can become somewhat of an obsession to beat your own time day after day!
The less obvious - but not less fun - activities include the Adventure Park just above the nursery slopes where you master all kinds of different obstacles, tracks and ziplines.
In case you envy kids playing on a trampoline, Acroval is for you! Not far from the Village chairlift you can find big trampolines that invite you to test your acrobatic abilities. A word of advice: don't book for too long as you will probably find it more exhausting than you would think!
If you're into horseback riding, there are different tours you can book or lessons to sign up for. The main stables are in the Manchet valley next to the Parc des Sports where you can also find tennis courts, a skate park, archery, laser biathlon, a shooting range and a golf driving range.
If all of this isn't enough for you, you might want to stay on after your cookery course (our B&B rates for participants are only £25pppn) and book a rafting or canyoning tour down the valley.
And of course, for all of those who can't come to Val d'Isère without spending some time on the slopes, the glacier in Tignes is open all year round!
As you can see, there's a lot more to Val d'Isère than just a week of cooking in the mountains! If you'd like to share all of this summer fun with someone else, a non-cooking partner or friend can share your room at £80 per night, including breakfast and the food you cook for lunch and dinner.
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