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5 alternative ways to have fun in the French Alps


Whizz down a new toboggan run

Valmorel’s addition to the toboggan scene is 2.4km long (new for 2018-19) with a maximum gradient of 15%, making it very gentle and ideal for families. Alternatively, the 6km ‘Le Tobbogan’ in Val Thorens is France’s longest run, descending 700m from the foot of the Péclet glacier. Free mulled wine is provided for evening sessions (Wednesday to Friday), in case you need Dutch courage. 

Have dinner in the air

For the second consecutive season, you can enjoy a typical Savoyard fondue in a gondola perched at 2,500m in Méribel. Just book your place and the panoramic tour is yours. Everything starts with a drink in a giant igloo, then continues at a soup bar before you take off in your cosy bubble with fondue, charcuterie and white wine.

©Val Thorens

Get a thrill on a zipline

Looking for elevated views of the peaks without too much hard work? Leap into the void in Val Thorens, which has opened the world’s highest zipline at an altitude of 3,230m. ‘La Tyrolienne’ links the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys, taking just one minute and 45 seconds at a speed of 100km/h. You can reach a similar speed on ‘Fantasticable’ in Châtel.

Go husky sledding

No need to go to Canada or Scandinavia to experience this activity – Chamonix is a great resort to try dog sledding for the first time. Under the watchful eye of professional guides, you’ll discover the importance of the pack leader, the vital role played by the harness, and the intense relationship that develops between man and dog as you traverse the mountain trails.

©France Montagne Thomas Hytte

Party all day

Welcome to the temple of all things not skiing! At La Folie Douce in Val Thorens, the après-ski starts at midday out on the open-air dance floor. Take your beanie off and let your hair down. You can find other Folie Douce venues in Alpe d'Huez, St-Gervais-Megève and Méribel-Courchevel, as well as Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Avoriaz (opening in December 2018).

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