Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
Description of Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
This winter activity holiday in the French Alps is a flexible option for people who want to enjoy the region without having to strap a pair of skis to their feet! There’s a wide range of activities to choose from, including snowshoeing through the winter landscape, having a go at driving your own team of huskies, experiencing the thrill of climbing a frozen waterfall with an ice axe and crampons, hurtling down Europe's largest tyrolean zip wire, and spending a romantic night in an igloo. Our activity holiday works on a points system with each activity having its own points value. Nine points per person are included in your basic holiday price, with the option of buying extra points if you wish.
This holiday is suitable for families and couples, and there are accommodation options to suit all budgets, from luxury chalet style hotels to wooden chalets or self catering apartments. You’ll be given your own snowshoes and poles for the week so you can explore the winter wonderland on foot, with maps and advice from us on where is safe to go on your own. There are also lots of local events, markets and other sightseeing opportunities such as the ice sculptures in Valgaudemar. We'll give you up to date information when you arrive.
The winter season starts in December and continues through until mid April. Bear in mind that the majority of tourists who come here are local French tourists and it can get reasonably busy and more expensive in the school holidays, including around Christmas and in the month of February.
1 Reviews of Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2019 by Brenda Evans
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Consider the options carefully before you decide what to do.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The instructors were all local people and I spent money in the shops.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetWe don’t promote any motorized sports on our activity list and try to choose activities that have a minimum impact on the environment and that are outside the big ski resorts. However in order to provide a good choice and diversity of activities we have included some resort based activities, such as the giant tyrolean zip wire – it is a balancing act! When arranging your itinerary we can advise you on activity choices that are environmentally friendly!
For snowshoeing and other activities that involve a trip into the Alpine winter wilderness or the Ecrins National Park our guides will explain the habitat of this harsh and fragile environment. You will get to know the difference between a wild boar print and a chamois and suss out if they were running, being chased or just chilling out in the snow!
The Ecrins National Park is a protected area for wildlife and there have been several projects to reintroduce animals such as the ibex and safeguard other species from the erosion of development elsewhere. These activities give a good appreciation and respect for the work and it’s importance globally.
We have a range of accommodation on offer and all the hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering that we use is vetted by us. We favour family run local establishments over large commercial chains and are always on the look out for ecologically friendly buildings and environmentally conscious proprietors! We have a number of eco-gites on our books and a lot of our suppliers use solar power for hot water due to the climate here.
Our office policy is to be as paperless as possible, to use recycled paper where necessary and re-use envelopes and jiffy bags where possible. We try and promote train travel wherever possible when discussing ‘getting here’ options with clients as in general it is a far more pleasant and practical experience as well as being better for the environment.
PeopleThe local economy of the Alps in winter is predominantly supported by the ski industry, which other than providing an income for local people is not the most responsible holiday activity for the environment! However it is often the only way local people can earn a living.
The mountains in winter are truly at their most magnificent and there are so many other ways to explore and discover them without having to strap a pair of skis to your feet. We have chosen a list of activities that you can do outside of the big resorts, to encourage non-skiing winter holidays and provide an alternate means of making a living for the local people.
For example, we have one ski instructor and high mountain guide who has reduced his contract with the ski school in order to have more time to lead ice climbing and snowshoeing trips for us which we are very pleased about! We always use local guides and instructors and rather than bringing over foreign guides.
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