Summer Activities in Châtel

family of mountain bikersThere are lots of fun things to do during the summer months, a season that easily stretches from June into September.  This region of the French alps is well known for hosting mountain bikers and alpine walkers, both of whom are well catered for with marked trails and tracks.  There are however many more attractions for individuals and families that provide a huge variety of summer activities for the duration of the season.  Virtually every village over Haute Savoie seems to host a summer festival which together create a wonderful collection of fun events to at which to enjoy local produce, crafts and unique entertainment.  At Lac Vonnes there are more peaceful aquatic pursuits with stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and fishing.

The restaurant at Col de BassachauxThere are many routes over the mountains for mountain bikes, graded according to difficulty.  Châtel has been investing heavily over the last twelve months adding many new routes for this summer.

The lifts are converted for the summer months to carry bikes as well as  passengers up to the mountain peaks.  So whether  you are on foot or on wheels, and wishing to conserve a little energy, the high pastures are easily accessible to you.

In addition to the active pursuits there are many mountain chalet restaurants and refuges which welcome walkers and passers by over the summer months... often just at the point when you are looking for a chance to put your feet up!

For daredevil, high speed enthusiasts there is the Fantasticable, a zip-wire strung between the mountain tops where speeds of over 100kph can be achieved!  The Adventure Park above Super-Châtel offers more high wire action with an aerial obstacle course strung between the trees.  Back on the ground at Pré-la-Joux adults and children alike can whizz down the hillside on the summer Bob Luge, Dévalkarts and the Rollerbe.

There is much more to be enjoy.  Tennis, golf, petanque, paragliding and mini-golf to name but a few.  The tourist office in Châtel is a great source of further information, contact details, dates, times and maps.

  • Adventure park (tree ropes)
  • Bob-luge
  • Canyoning
  • Crazy golf
  • Dévalkarts
  • Fantasticable
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Paragliding
  • Petanque (boules)
  • Paddle-boarding
  • White water rafting
  • Rollerbe
  • Sailing
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Forest & mountain walks