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The best things to do in the French Alps that aren’t skiing

The French Alps are one of the world’s best skiing destinations, and here at Samoens luxury chalet, we have an unrivalled love for snowsports!

But we also know that there’s so much more to the French Alps than skiing, and there are many more activities that you can enjoy when you’re on a luxury holiday.

From hiking and mountaineering to biking and eating, here are the best things to do in the French Alps that aren’t skiing!


The French Alps aren’t just for skiing, because in summer you can also enjoy some of the best hiking trails in the world.

With exceptional views awaiting you around every turn, lace up your boots and head into the mountains. You’ll find glaciers, alpine lakes and charming, rural villages to explore


If you’re more experienced, then you can even take on one of the many mountaineering challenges that await you in the French Alps.

This is the home of alpine climbing, and the biggest challenge of them all is the towering peak of Mont Blanc.

Mountain biking

In summer, the ski slopes become busy with the rush of mountain bikers instead of skiers, as the terrain here in the French Alps is perfect for this adrenaline-inducing sport.

There are trails for all abilities, and you can race headfirst down near-vertical mountain slopes, or you can take a relaxed bike ride around a beautiful alpine lake. If you’re into road cycling, then many of the Tour de France’s most epic mountain climbs can be found in the Alps too.


Nothing beats the food in France, and during your stay in the French Alps, you can treat yourself to some gourmet dining, as well as a luxury ski chalet.

Enjoy the best French cuisine, while you’re surrounded by the endless beauty of the mountains.

Just one hour from Geneva airport, our 350-year-old Savoyard barn has one of the best locations of any ski chalet in the French Alps. Found in Samoens, we offer our guests a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, with wonderful cuisine, and even better views. Contact us today to find out more about booking your next family-friendly luxury holiday.

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