French ski resorts are getting ready to welcome visitors for the 2021/22 ski season. From new thrill rides to serene covid-friendly experiences and group activities, there is a great deal to do besides traditional downhill skiing. Here are some of the new activities and experiences available this season in the French Alps.
Surf on snow in Val Thorens
A fun, playful way to enjoy the snow, ‘Pow Surf’ (pow being short for powder aka snow) is a type of snowboarding where the feet are not strapped onto the board (other than a single ankle strap) so the rider can move as if surfing on water. Ski Cool ski and snowboard school in Val Thorens are this year adding Pow Surf to their programme. Limited to five people and an instructor, sessions last 2h30 including half an hour of safety training.
Hike with huskies in Oz en Oisans, Isère
Supervised by an experienced musher, wearing snowshoes and a harness you can now enjoy an unforgettable evening walk, accompanied by beautiful Siberian huskies before tucking into a delicious dinner cooked on a wood fire in the heart of the forest in the Oisans valley.
Experience the zip wire at the Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs
With a peak at over 3,226m, the Aiguille Rouge has for a number of years offered a breath-taking view. Opening soon, a new zip wire offers a thrilling way to descend the mountain. The zip wire reaches speeds of up to 130km/h and can be ridden as an individual or in a pair. Your photo will be taken on the way down so that you can take home a souvenir of the experience to share with friends.
Learn survival skills in Les Rousses, Jura
Build a shelter and a campfire with family and friends and the help of mountain guide. Then, as night falls, relax and toast some marshmallows on the fire.
Skywalk in Morzine-Avoriaz
A new skywalk at the summit of Pointe de Nyon will open this winter. At an altitude of 2,019m, the new Le Pas de l’Aigle, 10m-long glass walkway, can be easily accessed by skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and is free with a ski pass. It features a 350m drop beneath visitors’ feet and a breath-taking 360° view from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc.
Try Ice floating on Ouillette lake in Val d’Isére
This winter, try a new relaxation experience from Finland. Wearing a waterproof wetsuit, slip into the frozen lake for an extraordinary moment of relaxation at an altitude of 2,513m.
Take a sunset scooter ride in Megève
Electric scooters have made it to the alps. Starting in Megève village you can ride over the snow to the Mont d’Arbois plateau on a scooter fitted with a headlight, admiring the beauty of your surroundings as you go. Once you reach the trapper camp, enjoy a warm drink in one of the teepees.
Build an Igloo from scratch in La Plagne
For a fun group activity, learn how to build a life-size igloo. You are given instruction by a professional from GB Montagne. Each person’s contribution is essential to properly construct a strong and sturdy igloo.