The Alps

5 reasons to visit the Alps in September

Despite the Alps’ reputation as a winter sports playground, there are many reasons to visit in the interseason. September is a great month to plan a trip – resorts are quieter but the weather is still warm and sunny, so it’s a great time to explore.

In this post, we share 5 reasons to visit the Alps in September including:

  • Cheaper holidays
  • Romantic getaways
  • Remote working
  • Pet-friendly stays
  • Cycling

Read on to find out more about each one!

Why visit the Alps in September?

1. Cheaper holidays

September is generally considered a ‘low-season’ month in the Alps. This means that holidays in general tend to be more budget-friendly.

Accommodation and flights will be much cheaper than in the peak months of December, February, July and August (as kids will be back in school) and you won’t need to factor in the cost of a ski pass.

Another benefit of cheaper holidays is that you can take advantage of shorter stays. Throughout peak times, these are far more costly, therefore many people will opt for a quick mountain getaway in the interseason instead.

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2. Romantic stays

The Alps in September are ideal for a romantic break. Resorts are quieter and accommodation is cheaper, so it’s easier to find a great value chalet for two.

At OVO Network, our “Cool for Couples” partner properties are perfect for romantic getaways. Whether you’re looking for stunning mountain views, luxury features such as hot tubs and saunas or a secluded hideout for two, you’re sure to find your dream chalet.

What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy endless activities together straight from your doorstep. Adventurous couples could try paragliding or watersports and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, climbing and much more!

For foodies, there are plenty of Michelin-star restaurants for special occasions or if you simply want to relax, why not visit a spa for a couples massage?

Try a new activity together this September!

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3. Remote working holidays

With remote work more common than ever, many of us can enjoy greater flexibility. So why not trade in your home office for a luxury chalet in the Alps?

The autumn months are perfect for a remote working holiday in the mountains. So, if you fancy a change of scenery, but can’t get the time off work, then this is perfect for you.

When you book a remote working chalet with OVO Network, you’ll have all you need with fast Wifi and private desk space, whilst being immersed in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps. Spend your time off hiking, cycling, sightseeing or sampling the local cuisine!

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4. Pet-friendly holidays

September is a perfect time to take your four-legged friend on a pet-friendly holiday in the Alps. Fewer crowds and milder temperatures make it ideal for exploring the many dog-friendly hikes on offer!

At OVO Network, we work with a wide range of pet-friendly properties which will welcome you and your dog with open arms.

Plus, the Alps on the whole is a very dog-friendly destination, so you’ll find plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants and even shops which will allow you to visit with your pet.

A couple sit by a lake with their dog. The man wears a checked shirt and sunglasses and the woman wears a striped sweater.
Include your dog in your holiday plans this September!

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5. Activities

There are endless activities to enjoy at any time of year in the mountains. Whether you’re looking for something sporty, a cultural experience or simply want to relax, here are some things to try in the Alps in September:


Depending on altitude, the cycling season runs from approximately mid-April to mid-October. September is a great time for those who want to explore the mountains on two wheels in a slightly cooler climate. This is ideal if you’re a beginner or you are working on improving your fitness. And routes will be quieter too, meaning you can enjoy the roads more to yourself.

A couple cycle down a mountain path in the sun
Cooler temperatures allow you to discover more by bike in September

Mountain biking

Whether you’re a novice, an expert or getting your kids into the sport, the Alps are also a mountain biking mecca, home to countless tracks for all abilities.

The Portes du Soleil specifically is a hotspot for mountain bikers. Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Les Linderets, Châtel, Les Crosets, Champery & Morgins are all connected via lifts and there is over 650km of trails to explore.

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In the Alps, there are endless opportunities for avid hikers. From challenging ascents to casual strolls, if your goal is to spend the majority of your holiday outdoors exploring the mountains, then a hiking retreat in September is perfect for you.

Here are some handy guides for your hiking holiday:

A couple hike in the Alps with backpacks on in front of a cable car
Hiking is a fantastic, free way to discover the Alps

Other activities

  • Via ferrata
  • Watersports
  • Paragliding
  • Day trips (Annecy, Lyon, etc)
  • Museums
  • Spa visits
  • Horse riding
  • Wine tasting

..and much more! Ask at your local tourist office or check out our activities archives for more information.

September is also a fantastic month to plan a wellness holiday in the Alps, especially as resorts are quieter, so you can embrace the peace and quiet! Practise yoga with a view, take a mindful walk through the mountain pastures or unwind in a wellness centre such as QC Terme in Chamonix – there are plenty of ways to enjoy a restorative break!

We hope you found this guide useful and are ready to start planning your September holiday! If you’re still unsure when to visit, then check out our other guides on when to visit the Alps.

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