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The best non-skiing activities to do in the French Alps

image Friday, 17, March, 2023

We've put together a list of some of the best activities you can do in the French Alps (that aren't downhill skiing!) - from snowshoe walks to zipwires and paragliding, there is something for everyone! 


1. Snowshoe walking in Montgenèvre

Lots of resorts offer guided snowshoe walks, which are magical at any time but they're particularly special at night. Equipped with a head torch and snowshoes, you can explore the slopes at night. In Montgenèvre, the ESF offers an evening snowshoe walk through the forest, with a tipi destination where you can enjoy a traditional fondue! 

Inside Track: Some of our ski experts have taken part in guided snowshoe walks - 'The guides we've had, have a plethora of knowledge about the local mountain flora and fauna!' 

2. Toboganning in Val Thorens 

The Cosmo Jet in Val Thorens is the longest Toboggan run in Europe! For anyone over the age of 5, this incredible experience is located on a marked-out run in the heart of the magnificent natural valley. 

After an 8-minute ascent using the Péclet Funitel, you arrive ay the foot of the magnificent Péclet Glacier at an altitude of 3000m - then it's off for 45 minutes of excitement and exhilarating sliding!

The Cosmo Jet also offers evening runs - what a fantastic way to finish the day! 



3. Dog Sledding

If you love nature, winter sports and animals - an introduction to dog sledding is the perfect experience for you! Share a special moment with husky dogs in Flaine, supervised by professionals, this awe-inspiring experience allows you to see the mountains from a different perspective. Children as young as five can ride as passengers on the sled. In Sainte Foy, your little ones can try the art of musing on a Baby Musher experience for 3-7 year old's. They'll learn to drive the sled in a safe environment. 

4. Alpine Roller Coasters

The latest must-do activity in resort is a mountain coaster! Think of a roller coaster, but one where you're in charge of the brakes! Les Carroz has the Speed Dragoz, a track circuit in the heart of the forest. You can enjoy this Alpine Coaster in two ways: with eyes wide open, you can experience the real gripping feeling of the coaster or alternatively, with captivating virtual reality, you can be transported into a fully immersive universe. Also try; Montgenèvre's Monty Express, La Rosière's Xtrem-Luge, Les Saisies' Mountain Twister, why not tick them all off your list? 

5. Paragliding

If you're looking for a special experience then paragliding ticks our boxes; imagine taking off and soaring above snowy slopes, then landing back on your skis! In Le Grand Bornand, Tignes and in many of our other resorts, you can enjoy tandem flights of varying lengths from 10-45 minutes, with a qualified paragliding instructor. 

6. See how Beaufort Cheese is made in Val Cenis 

In the heart of the Vanoise National Park, and just down the road from Val Cenis, the Cooperative Laitiere Haute-Maurienna Vanoise transforms local milk into delicious Beaufort and Bonneval-sur-Arc's renowned blue cheese. 

Join a guided visit to see how the famous cheese is made every day from Monday to Friday. Make sure to book your visit in advance as reservations are required and spaces fill up quickly! 



7. Snowmobile circuit in Val d'Isère

A circuit of mini electric snowmobiles for the little ones (5 to 12 years old) is situated in the heart of the village, with the snowmobile route for adults starting at the Tommeuses chairlift. Don't forget to bring your pedestrian pass! 

Discover the landscapes of Val d'Isère with a view of Mont Blanc and other snow-capped peaks of the Savoy, by travelling the white tracks and paths on a snowmobile with an instructor. 

All equipment is provided, just make sure to bring your warm clothes (preferably waterproof ski wear) gloves and a hat. 


8. Ziplining

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush then try out one of the new ziplines that have opened in the French Alps over the last couple of years. We loved the one in Les Arcs, which goes from the top of the Varet gondola right down to Arc 2000. Choose to ride seated in tandem, solo or even head-first! Serre Chevalier has a new zipline too, which our team have tested and thoroughly enjoyed! Or head to Val Thorens to experience their double zip-line - two people can ride side-by-side down the 1800m long line. 


If you're ready to explore your options for a wonderful winter break, our expert and award-winning team can help with planning the perfect holiday for you. Call us on 023 9283 9310, email on, or you can request a quote and we'll be in touch. Keep up to date with all the latest news from us and our French Alps resorts by signing up to our newsletter.

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