If you’re looking for the best activities for non skiers in the French Alps, there a whole host to choose from. Aside from skiing or snowboarding there are plenty of other activities to get stuck in to. Here’s a guide to alternative winter sports in the French Alps.
SNOWSHOEING IN FRANCE
Snowshoeing is great for non-skiers who can get a wonderful workout in without sking. It’s a great way to stay in shape and explore the mountains. This low-impact exercise enables people to enjoy leisurely walks or harder climbs. Another bonus is you can snowshoe many trails that you might not be able to ski due to trees or low-snow conditions. This doesn’t require any technical equipment and can generally be enjoyed by anyone regardless of fitness levels. It’s therefore possible for everyone to enjoy the magnificent panoramas and trails on offer in the Portes du Soleil.
A great activitiy for non skiers who can fly high above the valley as they zip over Plaine-Dranse village on two zip wires at 140 m. Speeds along the giant 1,200 m zip-wire can reach 100 km/h and the price is around €25/flight. You will pass from the top of the Chaux Fleurie chairlift to the opposite side of the mountain cocooned in a harness.The first cable is 1200m long and the second is 1325m. Access lifts from Pré-la-Joux.
If the non skiers in your party love the outdoors and animals, then husky sledging in the French Alps is a must! In the Portes du Soleil there are professional dog and sledge handlers who can show you a good time. Explore the beautiful landscapes, lined by forests as your huskies dash across the snow.
The snowmobile or skidoo offers the ultimate adventurous activity for non skiers. Once the slopes are closed for the night, admire the changing scenery in Avoriaz and Morzine with your new found freedom as you traverse the snowy landscape on the closest thing to a motorbike in snow.
For anyone interested in a taster of ice climbing, you can book a session with a mountain guide and explore equipped with ice axes and crampons in complete safety. Rope, helmet, ice axe, crampons, harness are all supplied and it’s possible to start in Montriond. Click here to read more.
Where to stay: Chalet la Fontaine is located in the alpine village Châtel, just 90 minutes drive from Geneva Airport. The chalet sleeps 8-10 people and is perfect for groups of friends or families looking for a chalet in the French Alps.