Lots to do for everyone!
Skiing and snowboarding in the some of the most amazing and varied terrain in the world is the reason most people visit the Alps, but a there are a wide range of other pursuits available for those who want to try something new!
Whether you’re looking for limit-pushing mountain adventure far from the crowds, or would rather a relaxed break without a hint of strenuous activity in sight, there really is something for everyone.
Skiing and Snowboarding
There are over 650km of marked runs in the Portes du Soleil ski area, on the Swiss – French border. Spread across 2 countries, 12 resorts, 199 ski lifts, 30 snowparks, boardercross and ski cross areas, and over 90 wonderful restaurants on the slopes, there is a very good reason Mountain Plus has chosen to specialise holidays in this area! From beginner lifts to the world renowned Pas de Chavanette (aka the Swiss Wall) mogul run, from cruisy blues to challenging red runs, there really is skiing for everyone. Why not explore the whole area on a “ski safari” trail that takes you on a loop around the region. Mountain Plus can help book your ski lessons and equipment hire or organise a host to show you around the slopes – owner (and qualified ski and snowboard instructor) Kieren also enjoys the odd day guiding guests around the area.
What better way to enjoy the snow, especially with children, than to ride in a husky sled? Dog sledding is available in various resorts around the Portes du Soleil area – we are happy to help you find the best option for your holiday.
Ice driving courses are available in the French resort of Abondance, where skilled instructors will talk through the theory then take you out onto the track to put it all into exhilarating practice on the ice! Sessions range from a short introduction, to a half or full day experience.
Want to get away from the holiday season crowds? There is no better way to experience the Alps than on touring skis; the calm mountain air and pristine beauty of untouched snowfields provides a magical experience – and helps burn off some of the lovely Swiss wine and fondue! We can help you organise a short introduction or a longer tour, or perhaps even a multi-day adventure staying over in one of the many mountain huts in the region.
Nordic skiing (or cross country skiing) is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh mountain air if downhill skiing isn’t for you. There are a number of perfectly groomed winter trails to enjoy in the area, winding through the forest and around frozen lakes.
Try a tandem paragliding flight and experience the exhilaration of looking down on the Alps from above. Alternatively book one of the initiation day packages with a local club as your first step to become a qualified pilot yourself.
For those looking for a day of rest and relaxation, there are a number of aquatic centres and thermal baths in the region, with our favorites being the Thermes Parc and Lavey les Bains. Sit and relax, enjoy the spa, get a massage, and take a day off whilst enjoying natural spring water with beautiful views over the mountains.
Bars and restaurants
After all of that, you will deserve a good meal and perhaps a bottle of one of the lovely local wines. There are a large number of restaurants on the both the Swiss and French sides of the border, each with their own specialities. It could be a relaxed sandwich in the après-ski bar, to more formal evening options with the best Swiss or Haute Savoie cuisine and wine. Just ask and we’ll phone up and book for you!