For many people, throwing themselves off mountains or out of planes, or even being dragged along by a speedboat doesn’t exactly sound like a relaxing holiday - but for many of us, a holiday hasn’t begun until there’s adrenalin pumping through our veins.
The Alps is one of the best places in the world when it comes to sports that are hair-raising and adrenalin-filled; we’ve picked out three of the hottest adventure sports available in the Alps for Summer 2017.
Mountain biking in the Alps is like mountain biking nowhere else on earth; not only does it have some of the best marked and maintained tracks in the world, but it’s also got spectacular views, incredible scenery and bucketloads of charm. Check out Le Tour in the Chamonix valley - The Guardian says: “Every ridgeline is topped with a ribbon of gorse-lined singletrack winding off towards the vivid blue glaciers and immense peaks.”
Hydrospeeding is one of the newest adventure sports around, and is also known as white-water sledging. To take part, you traverse rivers - including rapids - wearing protective equipment and flippers, but bouyed only by a foam hydrospeed. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart - but if it sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll find places to get involved in Morzine.
It’s not a sport that you can just pick up while you’re on holiday, but Verbier is one of the top spots in the world when it comes to using a wing-suit, so if you’re already a fan of the sport you’d be crazy to miss this opportunity.
Enthusiast Geraldine Fasnacht says: “The first time I did a sky dive with a wingsuit was in Verbier. Everyone had been telling me how difficult it would be and how I had to be careful about this and that – but when I took off I was like a child. I opened my wings and I started to fly really quickly. I was the happiest girl on Earth.”
If you’re an adventure sports junky, there’s no better place to buy a holiday home than the Alps, which offers an incredible variety of sports. To find out about the properties we have for sale, please do get in touch, we’ve got a great selection of chalets and apartments available and can offer expert advice on all aspects of buying property in the French and Swiss Alps.
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