Winter activity vacation in the French Alps
A flexible tailor made winter vacation in the French Alps with a wide choice of accommodation and activities and excellent local support.
Ecrins National Park Husky driving Snowshoeing Giant zip wires Crowd free Alps Choice of locally owned accommodation Ice climbing Igloo building
€698 excluding flights
Prices include 7 nights accommodation, 12 activity points per person, snowshoes and poles, maps, route guidance and advice and a personalised itinerary.
Description of Winter activity vacation in the French Alps
This trip can be tailor made anytime between mid Dec - mid Apr and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
For our winter activity vacation, which runs from December to April, the emphasis is alternative activities to skiing, people are able to choose activities that are not dependent on resort snow, like snowshoeing, ice climbing, husky dog sledding etc. For these activities, if there is a lack of snow, and we can’t move the activity locally to somewhere where there is snow, then we always have alternative activities that we can replace them with. For example, snowshoeing can become a nature walk, ice climbing can become rock climbing and cross country skiing can become mountain biking.
1 Reviews of Winter activity vacation in the French Alps
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2019 by Brenda Evans
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Consider the options carefully before you decide what to do.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The instructors were all local people and I spent money in the shops.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
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PlanetWe don’t promote any motorized sports on our activity list and try to choose activities that have a minimum impact on the environment and that are outside the big ski resorts. However in order to provide a good choice and diversity of activities we have included some resort based activities, such as the giant tyrolean zip wire – it is a balancing act! When arranging your itinerary we can advise you on activity choices that are environmentally friendly!
For snowshoeing and other activities that involve a trip into the Alpine winter wilderness or the Ecrins National Park our guides will explain the habitat of this harsh and fragile environment. You will get to know the difference between a wild boar print and a chamois and suss out if they were running, being chased or just chilling out in the snow!
The Ecrins National Park is a protected area for wildlife and there have been several projects to reintroduce animals such as the ibex and safeguard other species from the erosion of development elsewhere. These activities give a good appreciation and respect for the work and it’s importance globally.
We have a range of accommodation on offer and all the hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering that we use is vetted by us. We favour family run local establishments over large commercial chains and are always on the look out for ecologically friendly buildings and environmentally conscious proprietors! We have a number of eco-gites on our books and a lot of our suppliers use solar power for hot water due to the climate here.
Our office policy is to be as paperless as possible, to use recycled paper where necessary and re-use envelopes and jiffy bags where possible. We try and promote train travel wherever possible when discussing ‘getting here’ options with clients as in general it is a far more pleasant and practical experience as well as being better for the environment.
PeopleThe local economy of the Alps in winter is predominantly supported by the ski industry, which other than providing an income for local people is not the most responsible vacation activity for the environment! However it is often the only way local people can earn a living.
The mountains in winter are truly at their most magnificent and there are so many other ways to explore and discover them without having to strap a pair of skis to your feet. We have chosen a list of activities that you can do outside of the big resorts, to encourage non-skiing winter vacations and provide an alternate means of making a living for the local people.
For example, we have one ski instructor and high mountain guide who has reduced his contract with the ski school in order to have more time to lead ice climbing and snowshoeing trips for us which we are very pleased about! We always use local guides and instructors and rather than bringing over foreign guides.
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