What can I do in Val d’Isere if I don’t fancy skiing?
Visiting Val d’Isere in the winter months is not only for those keen skiers – there is an endless amount of non-skier activities which provide that adrenaline rush everyone is looking for.
I have recently met up with Roni who works for Evolution 2 in Val d’Isere and Tignes to gain a better insight to the activities they provide around resort from snowshoeing, ice diving to speed riding.
Evo 2’s most popular activity would have to be the Husky rides up in the Manchet valley. Ideal for everyone including young children who can enjoy the family ride, the ride lasts 20 minutes and prices start from €90 for 2 adults – please book on arrival to avoid any disappointment as this is very popular.
The second most popular activity is ideal for those who are skiing or boarding. If you have ever sky dived or thought about this then this activity is certainly one to consider, taking in those delightful mountain views and lovely fresh air gliding with the birds then a Parapente may be for you. This activity is suitable for beginner skiers and boarders of an intermediate level and for €80 the experience is well worth it.
Another activity similar which I have never heard of before I met Roni is the Speedriding. What is this you may ask? This was described to me as ‘the next level of skiing’ for the more advanced skier, you get your own kite and have radio communications with an instructor and is a cross between skiing and paragliding – this is one I think I want to try!! Prices start at €95 for half a day.
For the non-skiers in the group the Snowshoe walks for half a day would be a great day out on the mountains. Walks are taken on the Solaise/Fornet side of resort through the fresh powder to the lake where a helicopter will come and pick you up (helicopter experience is at an extra cost). Avalanche kits are provided as well as snowshoes and a guide will take you through the mountainous routes and will talk all things mountain and nature related about the area. Group sizes are a minimum of 4 people and prices start at €40 per person.
For those seeking more adrenaline then there are other activities such as the ice circuit in Les Brevieres on the Tignes side with Quad and Buggy rides as well as ice carting. This is a great acticity for groups as well as individuals with rally style driving on offer, a private lesson or a 10 lap tour with 7 cars on offer from Twingo’s to Porsche’s. In Tignes lake you can have an amazing diving experience under the lake and take in the ice features from below the water – described by Roni as a ‘marmite activity’ – you will either love it or hate it! For larger groups the Wilderness experience may appeal to you, groups as small as 2 can book on to this with other groups running on a Wednesday and Thursday night you will be greeted with a kia and soup by the outside fire, treated to a savoyarde dinner with wine followed by a genepi and then a sledging trip down to Tignes Les Brevieres.
For any further information on these activities then please visit Evolution 2’s website and for any interest on booking on arrival please let the Fish&Pips team know and our Val d’Isere Resort Manager can organise this – it couldn’t be simpler.