To ski or not to ski?


Not everyone is into skiing. Traveling high-speed down a mountain does fly in the face of human instinct. But that doesn't mean an alpine holiday is not for you. There are alternatives to suit all preferences, some of them more dare devil than others … Snowshoeing Possibly the most gentle of the bunch, snowshoeing allows you to explore the mountain at a gentle pace, away from the crowds and the pistes. There are numerous tracks and routes all over the Portes du Soleil from an easy stroll around Lac Montriond to an uphill wander to take in the fantastic views in Super Morzine. Paragliding (Parapenting) This sounds very James Bond but these tandem flights let you take in a Birdseye view of the mountain … literally. You will need some warm clothes and be prepared for a short jog with your instructor in order to take off but once up there the gentle decent back down offers views rarely seen. Enjoy and let your tandem instructor do the work for you! Mountain Refuge Experience Fancy a slightly longer walk? You can don your snowshoes and make your way to one of the many incredible mountain refuges in the Portes du Soleil. Open winter and summer these authentic 'Alpages' allow walkers to stay on the mountain, enjoying a traditional Savoyarde meal in total isolation before bedding down in a cozy traditional bed. You can even walk to another one the next day! Night Sledging A starlit night, not a sound on the mountain, a perfectly groomed piste, a sledge. Sounds idyllic and indeed it is but night sledging can also be high speed, high spirited and involving the occasional ejection from your sledge. Guided night sledging offers a really unique and fun way to experience the mountain at night and often involves a little bit of mulled wine. Perfect!


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