We’re really lucky to experience distinct seasons which showcase the amazing nature of the area. Summer here is in glorious technicolour, with temperatures ranging from 20°-35°C which occasionally culminate in impressive thunder and lightning storms in the late afternoon, but it stays warm.
The far-reaching mountain views, proximity to nature and slower pace of life will mean relaxing is easy, but for those of you who want a more active holiday there’s the Les Arcs Bike Park mountain biking area, the ease of access to some of the iconic Tour de France road biking climbs, white water activities on the Isere river, and extensive and challenging mountain walking all around, not least in the Vanoise National Park.
Gateway to the Vanoise National Park
Peisey Vallandry is one of the four gateways to the Park, the first of its kind to be created in 1963 for the protection of ibexes – the emblem of the Park and known locally as bouquetin: a species of large wild mountain goat with the males having large curved horns. You can also spot pinemartins, chamois, marmottes, eagles and bearded vultures, as well as many flowers and plants that only thrive at altitude.
Hiking trails criss-cross it’s 53,000 hectares and the park is dotted with mountain huts or ‘refuges’ where you can eat and stay overnight. There are various walking itineraries depending on your level of experience.