Summer Activities

Local ski resorts mapL'Ecuela, The Old School is situated in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, offering a vast area of summer activities. The chalet rental sits in a peaceful location in Les Onchets, a small hamlet above the village of St Jean D'Aulps, in the Haute Savoie region of France in the French Alps.

The Portes du Soleil is the biggest mountain bike park in the world with over 600 km of slopes and 19 mountain lifts! Thanks to the Portes du Soleil's size and topography, riders can take in an ever-changing landscape, from treelined singletracks in the forest, to wider and easier routes across Alpine meadows that you'll share with cow herds grazing on the lush grass. Distances from Chalet l'Ecuela to the Portes du Soleil lifts, include:

Summer activities include:

ADVENTURE PARKS: Scoot from branch to branch in one of the many adventure parks in the area where there's an all-natural circuit with monkey ladders and rope bridges too, so you can explore the forest in safety from up above!

AQUA PARKS AND SWIMMING POOLS: From mountain lakes, water parks, swimming pools, to beaches on Lake Geneva, there are many opportunities to cool down on a hot summer day

ARCHERY: Course supervised by qualified instructors in order to improve the movement and the aiming in a number of places in the area.

BOWLING: There are two bowling alleys in Avoriaz to keep you entertained on bad weather days or one in Thonon les Bains (40mins)

CANOEING AND PADDLE BOARDING: Montriond's canoe/kayak club rents kayaks, standup paddle and canoes in Lake Montriond's stunning and preserved setting.

CINEMA: there are cinemas in Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets showing movies in French and Original Version (VOST)

CLIMBING AND VIA FERRATA: Come and discover rock-climbing on real rock faces. The Vallée d'Aulps has an abundance of climbing spots suitable for all levels.

CRASY GOLF: Come and discover rock-climbing on real rock faces. The Vallée d'Aulps has an abundance of climbing spots suitable for all levels.

DISC GOLF: Frisbee-golf: a fun outdoor activity for friends and families in the heart of Dereches forest.

FISHING: Fishing in the Vallée d’Aulps is a fun way of experiencing the great outdoors. It’s also a peaceful and privileged opportunity to see another side to the valley.

FITNESS & YOGA: fitness and yoga classes are available in all ski resorts. 

GOLF: 2 golf courses at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, nestled amon the trees with beautiful views.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS: Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. 

HIKING: There are many hiking routes available in the Portes du Soleil making it possible for everyone to enjoy the magnificent panoramas and trails on offer in the wider area, including in our local area. Please visit the local tourist office for details and maps.

HORSE AND PONEY RIDING: Fine sunny days are the ideal time to let young children discover the joy of pony-riding. Older children and adults can try horse-riding on longer trails, taking in all the breathtaking views along the way.

ICE RINK: indoors at the Parc des Dérèches

LASERGAME: A battle of wits where you score points by using your laser sights to mark other players. The game can be played individually or in teams. Games are outdoors and last around 15-30 minutes.

MOUNTAINEERING: from Ice-climbing to Alpinisme, you can find information from the Bureau des Guides de Morzine Avoriaz

PAINTBALL: Halfway between Saint Jean d'Aulps and Morzine by the river (opposite Carrefour Supermarket), the forest is an ideal setting for an outdoor game involving two teams who take each other on with air-powered paint pistols

PARAGLIDING / PARAPENTING: There are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is give you the experience of flying

SPELEOLOGY: Caving, or speleology, is an unforgettable, exciting pastime underground. With a headtorch, all-in-one, harness and acetylene torch, you'll head off into a fairytale world where time stands still

SQUASH: Two squash courts IN Avoriaz open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. Booking at the Tourist Office desk

SUMMER SLEDGING: 2 different pistes and lengths, situated at the start of the Crusaz Chairlift. From 3 years old. Children under 8 years old (minimum size 1.25 m) must go with an adult

TENNIS: Coaching will be available for all ages (starting from age 4) or court hire on clay courts or hard surface.

TRAMPOLINES: Acrobatic Flight Center System is waiting to enable children and adults have fun on different kinds of trampoline or porticos elastic of 12m and some bungee.

WHITE WATER ACTIVITIES: Several mountain streams now include equipment designed for fun descents alternating abseiling, jumps and natural waterslides. Activities include rafting, hot-dog, hydrospeed, canoeing, kayaking or canyoning

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