Summer Events in the Alps 2013
As a fantastic winter season begins to draw to a close most of us won’t start thinking about heading back out to the mountains until next winter. However, that’s a real missed opportunity to see the ski areas we know so well in a completely different light.
Summer is a great time to visit the Alps, in fact the first tourists to visit these areas were doing so in the summer months, long before the development of snow sports, and now more and more people are re-discovering why it’s the perfect destination for a summer holiday.
First of all there is the obvious plus points – stunning mountain scenery, alpine meadows, lush forests, streams, waterfalls and lakes. Many people perhaps don’t know that the summer months in the Alps can bring some beautiful weather as well, with glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures.
The range of activities to keep anyone occupied are vast – from hiking to white water rafting, downhill mountain biking to golf, paragliding to a relaxed barbeque on the shores of an alpine lake. You can find out much more information on the activities available by clicking here.
There are a multitude of local events and festivals that happen throughout the summer months, including local music festivals, celebrations of alpine cultures and gastronomy, sporting events and much more. Full listings can normally be found on the websites of the tourist office for the area you plan on visiting.
Here are just a small selection of some of the events taking place this summer that you may be able to build into your holiday.
Mountain Biking Events
Pass’Portes Du Soleil (28-30th June 2013)
This annual event marks the opening of the Portes Du Soleil area for the mountain biking season, with participants covering a vast course taking in the infamous resorts of the Portes Du Soleil such as Morzine, Les Gets, Chateland more.
Mega Avalanche (8-14th July 2013)
One of the most famous mountain bike races in the world! Thousands of competitors tackle a course that runs from the summit to the base of Alpe D’Huez. The course passes through all terrains, including crossing snow and glaciers, before descending into the forest trails lower down the mountain.
Events to watch
2013 sees the 100th edition of the Tour De France, which promises to be a spectacle not to be missed, especially after Britain’s first ever winner in the race last year, Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The Alps should prove the decisive stages for the race this year as they make up three of the final stages before the ride into Paris.
18th July 2013 – Gap to Alpe D’Huez.
This year sees the iconic 21 bends up to Alpe D’Huez climbed twice, which will be a stern test for everyone!
19th July 2013 – Bourg D’Oissans to Le Grand Bornand.
The race now moves north up through the Alps, with another demanding stage for some very tired riders by now.
20th July 2013 – Annecy
The penultimate stage of this years race and realistically the last opportunity for anyone to stake their claim for the overall win, this difficult stage is based around the picturesque town of Annecy at the northern edge of the Alps.
Rallye Du Mont Blanc (5-7th September 2013)
If you prefer your racing with an engine, than maybe this is more for you. The annual even based in Morzine marks the finish of the summer season.
See the drivers tackle the narrow mountain roads and tight hairpins at breathtaking speeds. This is the 65th running of the event and is part of the French national championships.
Coupe Icare (19-22 September 2013)
This year is the 40th anniversary of this annual festival of free flight. Held in St Hilaire, near to Grenoble, each year sees hundreds of pilots take to the skies to show their skills.
There are some major international music festivals also taking place around the Alps. The three we mention here are situated on the shores of lakes, with views of the surrounding mountains and they offer an unforgettable festival experience.
47th Montreux Jazz Festival (5-20th July 2013)
Musilac (12-14th July 2013)
Paleo (23-28th July 2013)
And don’t forget that if you are planning on travelling out to the Alps for your summer holiday, Ski-Lifts offer transfers year round to all of the resorts throughout the Alps, making getting out here very easy.
We hope you take our advice and have yourself a great holiday!
The Ski-Lifts Team