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Alpine Summer Holidays

If you fancy trying something fresh and exciting for your friends or family this summer then a holiday to any of our beautiful destinations in the French Alps promises a healthy alternative to the beach, with over 80 activities on offer there's something for everyone, and the best are free with our holidays.

Try a family bike ride... wild swimming or paddleboarding at the lake...  a ramble across spectacular mountain scenery... a sun-soaked afternoon by the hotel pool... some white water rafting... or a dip in our bubbling chalet hot tubs.

Lots of FREE activities all week!

Try from a range of free activities such as biking...white water rafting... paddle boarding... climbing...wild swimming...sailing...kayaking... which are included in our free Active Packs (worth up to £355) with most holidays

Mountain Biking and Walking

Walking or biking in the alps is simply sensational. It's what the Alps were made for! We offer professional guides or maps and route cards and free lift passes for gondola and chair lifts to help you cover lots of miles easily.

Mountain Biking & Walking

Beautiful Chalets

Offering much the same as a hotel but on a more personal level: A chalet is great for guests to book privately or share with other likeminded alpinists. A chalet doesn’t just come with home-from-home comforts, but is better than home!

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Alpine Hotels

Our exclusive hotels are equipped with Active Reps, Kids Club, bike hire, activity equipment, entertainment and leisure facilities. They offer the perfect base for an adventure holiday for families, couples and thrill seekers.

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Our Active Reps

An Active Rep is not a ‘Holiday Rep’ in the usual sense, but a specially trained and energetic professional who will ensure you make the most out of our mountain surroundings in helping you find the best bike and walking routes, orientate yourself around resort and help you plan your week and give advice on the many activities that are available and how to book extra excursions. Our Child Care Leaders are also on hand each day to keep kids actively entertained in sociable groups.

Active Kids Clubs (age 4-16yrs)

For 5-6 days a week we offer a free Active Kids Club for 4-16 year olds. It's a flexible drop-in club run from our main hotels. So whilst our Active Club Leaders keep the kids busy doing fun and sociable activities outdoors, parents are free to get some 'me-time' and enjoy an activity or two.

Our fun and energetic Active Leaders make the most of our mountain surroundings, ensuring children make lots of new friends and have an unforgettable holiday experience!

Active Pack itinerary suggestions

 

Val d'isere

Morzine & Les Gets

Tignes 

     

Day 1

 

 

 

Day 1

   

Day 1 

 

AM – Mountain Bike ride with lifts 

Free

 

AM – Mountain Bike on Downhill or Cross country mountain trails

Free*

 

AM –  Kayaking or Pedalo on the lake

Free

PM – Rock Climbing (Aqua Sportif Wall) 

Free 

 

Or AM – Mountain bike the valley floor trails along the river Dranse

Free

 

PM –  Blob jump, Water jump, Hot jump 

Free

And/Or PM – Then swimming at the Aqua Sportif centre

Free

 

PM – Lake fun: Wild Swimming, sun bathing & Pedalo 

Free

 

Or PM – Walk or Mountain bike around the lake

Free

Or PM - Tennis

Free

 

Day 2

   

Day 2

 

Day 2

 

 

AM – Ice skating, the luge or tennis

Free

 

AM – Trampolines and Lake games 

Free 

AM – Shooting & Archery or Tennis 

Free 

 

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Or AM – Join our ‘Bike Skills Clinic’ and learn something new!

Free

 

Or AM – Summer skiing/boarding on the glacier 

£25

Or PM – Parapenting / Paragliding 

£50

 

PM – Mountain Bike ride along mountain trails: Family & Downhill routes 

Free*

 

PM – Shooting & Archery

Free

PM – Downhill Mountain bike Experience: ‘Pro Bikes’ 

Free 

 

Or PM – Take ‘Pleney’ Cable Car for walking & views of Mont Blanc 

Free

 

Or PM – Mountain bike the high mountain trails

Free 

Or PM – Nordic Walking with poles using lifts 

Free  

 

Or PM – Try Horse/Pony Trekking, or Climbing or Via Ferrata

£25

 

Day 3 

 

Day 3

 

 

 Day 3

   

AM – Toviere Cable Car: high altitude walk

Free 

All day: Resort Activities on free Multipass:

 

AM – Fitness Club: jogging, stretch & relax

Free

 

Or AM – Parapenting / Paragliding flight with an instructor  

£50

- Air rifle Shooting, Archery, Golf, Tennis, swimming, Electric Mountain biking etc

Free 

 

AM – Then try our Downhill Mountain Bike Taster 

Free*

 

PM – The Lagoon Centre 

Free

Or Day Trip to Tignes (£5 transport)

 

Or AM – Or the Aquatic Centre for swimming & kids games 

Free

 

Or PM Mountain biking mountain trails

Free 

- Sailing, Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Free  

 

PM – Mountain Bike ride to Les Gets

Free*

 

Day 4

 

- Blob jump, Water jump, Giant Water Slide (Free)

Free 

 

Or PM – Nordic Walking (with poles) using gondola lifts

Free

 

AM – Bike Skills Clinic 

Free

- Lakeside games & trampolines

Free 

 

Day 4

   

Or AM – Nordic Walking (with poles) or try Glacier walking

Free 

– Aqua Sportif swimming

Free 

 

AM – White Water Rafting – exhilarating, sociable and fun for all! 

Free

 

PM – Downhill Mountain Bike Experience with a ‘Pro Bike’ 

Free 

Or – Activities in Val d’isere: Shooting, Archery, Golf, Tennis, Mtn biking etc

Free 

 

PM –  Archery, Tennis or The Luge 

Free

 

Or PM – Catamaran Sailing on the lake 

Free 

Day 4

 

 

Or PM – Parapenting / paragliding with instructor

£51

 

Or PM – Via Ferrata or Rock Climbing 

£35

AM – White Water Rafting 

Free 

 

Day 5

   

Day 5

 

PM – Aqua Sportif swimming & kids fun 

Free 

 

AM – River & Woodland Walk or Waterfall Hike

Free

 

AM – White Water rafting 

Free 

or PM – Mountain bike The High Route with lifts 

Free 

 

Or AM – Canyoning: abseil, jump, scramble through waterfalls

£37

 

PM – Tennis or lake games 

Free 

Day 5

 

 

PM – Paddle boarding and Kayaking on Lake Montriond

Free

 

Or PM – Giant Water Slide

Free 

AM – Our popular Guided Walk with a professional guide  

Free 

 

 Day 6 

   

Day 6

 

PM – Mountain biking using the lifts 

Free 

 

AM – Adventure Park for zip wires, tree top fun

£14

 

AM – Stand Up Paddle boarding or kayaking or pedalo 

Free

Or PM – Rock Climbing or Via Ferrata 

£35 

 

Or AM – High altitude walk using lifts

Free

 

Or AM –  Go to the ‘beach’ for lakeside games & kids fun 

Free

Day 6

 

 

Or AM – Aquariaz Centre, then Archery & Golf

Free

 

PM – Hike to ‘Eye of the Needle’ using lift pass

Free 

Try Resort based Activities:

 

 

PM – GPS treasure hunting  

Free

 

Or PM -  More fun at Acroland:  Giant Water slide, Blob Jump 

Free 

Try the Adventure Park: Zip wires, tree top fun  

£15 

 

Or PM – High octane fun at The Luge

Free

   

 

Go for a Mountain bike ride using the lifts 

Free 

 

 *Free use of mountain bikes, but lift passes are from £4        

Or go for a high altitude walk using lifts 

Free

           

 

Any questions?

Our multi-activity holidays in France offer something for everyone - be it relaxation, adventure or culture tours.

 

What activities can I do?

There are numerous activities in every resort, around 80 different activities to choose from. All tastes are well catered for - from calm and tranquil to adrenaline busting, and for all ages. We also offer many free activities with enough exciting pursuits for your week away which are completely free and included in our package.

 

How fit do I need to be?

You don't have to be a regular athlete to enjoy our holidays! Far from it in fact. There are just as many energetic activities on offer as there are sights to see and cultural things to do. The walking, rafting, biking, climbing and canyoning to name but a few are ideally suited to beginners and those with average fitness levels. Guides and instructors will help all ages for those activities that require it.

 

Are activity holidays family friendly?

Families and couples love our welcoming and friendly atmosphere which makes it easy for everyone to have fun. We have a free Active Club in all our main hotels where our childcare staff will ensure your little ones are mixing with others and getting the most out of their stay. Many parents choose to join in with our Active Kids Clubs which run 5-6 days a week!

 

Will there be enough for us to do?

A common statement among guests is that there is simply "too much to do in just one week". With so many activities on offer with our FREE Active Packs you will have more than enough for your week away. PLUS an array of other activities for kids, teenagers, adults, sightseers and adrenaline junkies which are available for a low cost in resort! 

 

Is there a set itinerary?

Not at all! After all, you are on holiday... We give you a free bike to use and an Activity Multipass for access to the mountain facilities, culture sights and Lifts, so you are free to explore the resort: get out of bed when you want, do what you want and relax in your own time. The only set time is for dinner and each evening we serve a 3 or 4 course menu in our lovely, convivial alpine hotels.

 

Is the mountain biking for me?

The great thing about all of our resorts is that not only do they have the best riding in the world, but they also have a huge network of beginner trails for ALL abilities. Green and blue bike trails run round each resort and even the famous downhill courses have 'chicken runs' for relative newbies to have a go*. Our resort staff will help you get started in resort and supply you with a map and clear guide of which areas of the mountain are best suited to you. 

* A chicken run can be found on many of the popular downhill tracks. They are easy routes around difficult sections, so that everyone can experience the thrill of Downhill mountain biking. We do advise renting one of our pro bikes for downhill.

 

What is an alpine hotel like?

An Alpine Hotel is much like a regular hotel but with a warm and friendly atmosphere, a central location in amongst beautiful surroundings with facilities to give you a great holiday: mountain bikes, pro bike hire, Activity Reps, Active Kids Clubs, sunny gardens, stunning views, Wi-fi, superb catering, and many have swimming pool, some have hot tub and even sauna!

 

What sort of weather should I expect?

The French Alps would not make such a popular summer holiday destination if the weather wasn't hot! The Alps are quite southern in location and the ambient temperature is (on average) between 24C and 34C during July and August. In common with the Mountain we do get localised Thunder storms but rain is often short lived and quickly gives way to the sun again. The hottest resorts are Tignes and Val d'isere which have very southern locations and up to 300 days sunshine a year! Make sure you bring lots of suncream because the weather at altitude can get very hot. 

 

What activities are included (for free)?

It changes slightly between resorts, but we aim to give you enough activities for your week away. Here's a taster of what to expect:

- 3 or 6 day mountain bike hire

- White water rafting

- Walking lift pass

- Downhill mountain bike experience (pro-bikes)

- Kayaking and paddleboarding

- Aquatic centres  (swimming)

- Fitness clubs (yoga, cross-fit, jogging, stretch & relax)

- 6-day Multi Activity 

- Active Kids Clubs (4-16yrs)

 

About Us

The Active Holiday Specialist

Alpine Elements is a specialist ski, snowboard and summer active holiday company. We have been operating for just over 20 years and take more than 25,000 clients away to France, Austria and Greece each year, many of whom are repeat guests or recommendations.

The Alpine Elements Group encompasses the brands Alpine Elements, Ocean Elements and iGOSKi.

Alpine Elements employs 360 staff in winter and over 220 staff in summer, partly comprised of seasonal employees. Prospects for career growth through our Alpine Elements Academy coupled with the summer work opportunities we offer, has helped us create a highly driven and motivated team to run our niche holiday programmes. A permanent team work year round in our London Head Office to provide a highly streamlined operation with the superior level of detail that our summer and winter clients have come to expect.

Licensed and bonded

We are a Members of ABTA and ATOL and offer complete financial protection for all of our package holidays. We supply package holidays to our British clientele using our broad portfolio of classic to premium luxury chalets, hotels and apartments.

Our mission and ethos

Our company ethos is all about injecting some value back into the niche holiday industry, along with providing a personal service that you simply can’t get with a mainstream operator.

We are large enough to provide real value, yet small enough to care.

Summer Alps: Brand History

Our summer programme started in 2001, three years after we started our main winter ski business in 1997/98. Our Summer Alpine brand started with just one chalet, chalet Well in Morzine. We filled the chalet mainly with Mountain bikers and offered white water rafting as an add-on for the middle of the week. We dealt with around 100 customers that first summer.

In those days we were allowed to do bike guiding and we took the guests off on day rides which they loved. We had a really tailored product for bikers which ran under the brand “All Mountain Lodge”. We had two minibuses all branded up and a bike trailer to do early season uplifts when the lifts were closed, thereby giving us a long 14 week season.

In those days Morzine had not adopted the “all-round family-style” of holiday, so it was just bikers. And as biking was quite new to the Alps, the clients were few and far between!

In fact, to this day various heads of other companies often come to me and say “how do you do it?” and “How do you find a market in the Alps?” Inferring that they have tried, but can’t do it!

James Hardiman

Managing Director / Company Founder

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