If you thought the alpine skiing season ended in May, think again. The upper parts of the world-renowned Espace Killy in France – the portion of the Northern Alps that encompasses the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere – retain snow cover well into the summer.
Visit the region in June and you can enjoy both summer and winter alpine pursuits. Where else can you go white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountain climbing, canoeing or hiking one day, then ski or snowboard the next?
Forego the more established resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val. Situated seven and a half miles from Val d’Isere, Sainte Foy Tarentaise is could be described as a secret village in comparison with its better-known and larger neighbors. Unlike them, Sainte Foy has retained its original charm and avoided becoming overrun with tourists.
Get a bunch of friends together to hire one of the village’s comfortable, traditional and luxurious chalets. As Sainte Foy remains fairly underdeveloped (beware nightlife is practically non-existent!) each one has great views of Mont Pourri and Aiguille Rouge.
The snow-capped mountains and high-mountain meadows provide the perfect background for a relaxing post-winter or summer activity cocktail.
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