For most, summer is a time for relaxation where you’re not spending your time whizzing in between mountains, but summer in the French Alps means there’s literally a mountain of activities to get involved in. Guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, white water rafting is not for the faint hearted, but a sure way to see the area from a whole different perspective before you head back to your Meribel chalet with a big smile on your face.
Across the summer, rafting company River Runners (+ 33 (0)4 79 04 11 22) holds rafting experiences all summer long for both children and adults, lasting from half day adventures to fully fledged weekend tours for a whole range of abilities. Plus, you don’t even have to be on par with Bear Grylls fitness level to take part, just in good health, able to swim and be underwater. The summer months are when the rivers are the most powerful – after all, they have the whole winter of glaciers and snow to take in.
For those who fancy the rush of a solo-sport, the newest in extreme sports ‘’hydrospeed’ means you can experience a high speed adventure down some of the largest rivers in the Three Valleys. Holding onto a board and equipped with flippers, the polyurethane designed board means that you’ll fly your way down the rapids. The Isere River is the best place to try your hand at this adrenaline fuelled sport, just make sure you don’t forget your swimwear! Day trips can be booked at River Runners (+ 33 (0)4 79 04 11 22). So, after a long day exploring the rushing rivers in the valley, you’ll probably be looking forward to the delights of a home cooked meal in your catered Meribel chalet.