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10 bite-size adventures for the family in the mountains this summer in the Portes du Soleil

10 bite-size adventures for the family in the mountains this summer in the Portes du Soleil

10 bite-size adventures for the family in the mountains this summer in the Portes du Soleil

In the summer, the mountains are the ideal place for family activities and to have fun in the great outdoors.
Check out our guide, it's full of ideas to fill your days, with a map to show the way around our 12 French-Swiss resorts.
All you need is the right gear - in particular, decent walking shoes for your children.  : let's go!

Fresh Alpine air, untouched surroundings and the beautiful Portes du Soleil mountains are just some of the reasons why you should come on holiday with your family and friends for a few days!

The Multi Pass activity card is your key to enjoying your stay in the mountains to the full. With this magic little card, there's more than 60 things to do with your family! It costs €2 per day and per person when you stay with a Multi Pass accommodation provider (which most are) - and it is even free for under 5s.

Try "mountain-hopping", take the cable car "merry-go-round", go for a refreshing dip in a lake or try lots of new activities on the ground or in the air: we've chosen 10 activities for families with little adventurers - from 3 years and over - to make sure your holidays here are unforgettable.

a) Hill walks using the mountain lifts ·

  • Themed walk in Les Crosets to see the giant "Land'art" fresco

    This temporary work was created at the start of summer 2019 by the artist Saype. The natural XXL painting extends over the mountainside above Lac Vert. It celebrates our French-Swiss friendship, an international message of solidarity that's worthwhile sharing with youngsters everywhere. You can see it from Mossettes summit (2277 metres), which is a superb vantage point in the Portes du Soleil, with one of the finest 360° views anywhere in the area. The viewpoint is also easily reached in a few minutes by taking the Mossettes chairlift, starting from Les Crosets.

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    You'll see the fresco at its best mid-morning (it's in the shade first thing), so why not take the opportunity to enjoy a cool walk by the lake (Lac Vert).

    Walk to the goats in Les Lindarets Les Lindarets is quite simply the most beautiful mountain hamlet with lots of friendly goats to keep all young explorers happy!
    Going to see the goats in Les Lindarets is the aim of this fun walk that's easy for the whole family to do.

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    On the way back, you should take a refreshing dip in Lake Montriond!

    c) Fun sports activities in the great outdoors ·

    Welcome to Avoriaz
    The minigolf centre is open every day (except Saturday morning) for beginners to play on a really fun 12-hole course in the centre of "Avo".
    It's a great way to (re)explore this futuristic resort with your family. What's more, you can get there using the mountain lifts!

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    Make sure you visit Shreddie in the Lil' Stash!
    He'll be waiting for you with his gang and all of his slides, wooden sculptures and other aerial sections in Proclou's enchanted forest. 

    Take a dip in the mountain lake in Les Gets
    At 1200 metres, above Les Gets village (around 20 minutes on foot) you can take a refreshing break in the Lac des Ecoles.
    For anyone who loves water games, the Wibit aquapark is a ton of fun.
    Since 2019, there's even been a kids zone for 5-8 year-olds: "le kidspark"!
    FYI: access to the aquapark is by reservation (sessions last 45 minutes).

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    For a musical moment, the Mechanical Music Museum (Musée de la musique mécanique) provides an original way to learn new things, with children's workshops. ·

    Go summer sledging in Morzine!
    In winter, the Pléney slope is a famous ski stadium that plays host to exciting races.
    In the summer, there's downhill...sledging, on rails!
    This activity is open to all children from 3 - 8 years, who must be accompanied by mum or dad.

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    People come from all over the world to mountain bike in Morzine-Les Gets (it is truly amazing!), so it would be a shame not to try this sport that offers a chance to explore the mountains while you pedal. It's suitable for everyone aged four and over, and can be adapted to youngsters' skill and level of confidence. ·

    Head straight down the hill in Morgins
    One alternative to the summer sledge is "dévalkart". This all-terrain kart will take you down the mountain quicker than you can say: "WOW"!
    Means of propulsion: gravity (acceleration guaranteed, CO2 emissions: 0%).
    To get back up the hill again, just re-attach the kart to the button lift.
    Child's play for kids aged 10 and up (minimum height 1m35)

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    Try the "gentle slope" mode for a trip into the magnificent They valley where you can explore the area at your own family's pace and cool your little ones' feet in the Vièze stream.

    Playing Tarzan & Jane in Switzerland's Champéry

    On the flancs of the majestic Dents du Midi mountains, just a few jungle vine-lengths away from the "Grand Paradis", the forest is home to a wonderful adventure park.
    At the venue you'll find 6 routes with safety netting, zip wires, suspended bridges for Tarzan & Jane and your own little monkeys (from 3 years old) in complete safety.
    All together now: "Aah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaah!"

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    The cable car at Champéry is one of the iconic things we associate with this Alpine village. Taking your family on it is a great thing to do, in the footsteps of mountaineers.

    d) Family explorer activities
    Treats for all at the Abondance cheese house "La Maison du Fromage"
    Moo! It's always nice to see pretty ladies in their shades up the hill (we're talking about the famous local cow breed, obvs), but what's even nicer is to taste their famous Abondance cheese! This visitors' information centre focuses on this local delicacy with its educational, sensorial tour. And make sure you save the best 'til last: cheese tasting!

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    Stroll from farm to farm in Abondance valley, as some sell their cheese to visitors - they may even share their recipe for Berthoud (a local dish containing melted Abondance cheese) - if you're good! ·

    In the footsteps of smugglers
    At the old customs house in Châtel We've said it before, the Portes du Soleil mountains straddle France and Switzerland. A few years ago customs officers were still based in Chatel. The customs headquarters, which overlooks the village and Vonnes lake, is now a customs museum. There's lots of fun stories to see, all illustrated as cartoons (by a former customs officer) covering the history of smuggling.

    Advice for Little Adventurers:
    In Châtel, you can also fly high over an Alpine meadow on a giant zip wire at more than 200m above the ground (minimum weight 35 kg: "That's a good reason to eat your soup, isn't it!") We call it the Fan-tas-ti-caaaable! ·

    Choo-choo in the mountains

    In case you thought that only big towns and lake/sea resorts offered guided tours on an old-fashioned train, we're happy to tell you that Châtel, Morzine and Les Gets also have their own holiday trains for all families to visit the heart of their villages while they relax.

    Advice for Little Adventurers: The little holiday train is above all a means of transport, so why not use it to get around during your stay!