When we think of the Swiss Alps and resorts like Verbier and Les Collons, it’s only natural to think about winter sports and hitting the ski slopes, followed by donning the thermals and joining the locals for a few drinks to keep the cold at bay in the local bars.
It’s true, to an extent, that peak season is in the winter. These resorts, though, are just as hot in the summer months and they are one of the few holiday destinations that keep working all year round.
When the snow recedes and the grass starts to show, skiers pack up their things and make way for the next wave of visitors. Hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers and even paragliders move in for the summer and make the stunning area of the Trois Vallees their playground while the weather is good. In Verbier, there is even a renowned golf course that attracts players from around Europe.
Canyoning is a sport that has taken off in recent years; essentially adrenaline junkies don a wetsuit and hurl themselves down the path of a glacial river. It isn’t always elegant, but it is fun. Of course the Alpine location means that there are plenty of fast-moving rivers taking in major elevation changes and that is good news for canyoners, white water rafters and hydrospeeders, who literally take to the rapids on an inflatable body board.
The mountain bikers and trail bike riders love the region for the same reason: they can head down the mountain at breakneck speed or take one of the many scenic routes that offer unparalleled views of some of Europe’s most breathtaking locations. Hikers inevitably love it, too, even if they opt for the softer hill routes rather than the arduous glacier hikes that have made the region famous. Of course, the paragliders get the best view of all as they float gently back to Earth.
Horse riding, rock climbing, summer tennis camps and more supplement this feast of outdoor sports and keep the towns bustling until the snow returns.
This year-round activity makes the region a particularly attractive investment and chalets for sale in the Swiss Alps are sure to receive a steady supply of holiday rentals. Switzerland isn’t just about the winter fun, then - it is a year-round resort offering year-round returns.
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