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Our top spring activities in the Alps

Spring is a fabulous time to visit the Alps and enjoy the great outdoors, with warmer days and plenty of activities to try. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline fuelled holiday, or a relaxed getaway, you’ll find a vast range of spring activities in the Alps, including:

  • Hiking and walking
  • Road biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Rafting
  • Ski touring
  • Ski de fond
  • Snow shoeing
  • Paragliding

And much more!

Read on to discover more information about our top spring activities in the Alps!

Hiking and walking

The French Alps are home to many world renowned hiking trails and paths. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll, or something more challenging, you won’t find yourself feeling disappointed once the snow melts! Although in spring you’ll still enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped mountains. 

Spring activities in the Alps: Hiking and Walking
Spectacular views are guaranteed when walking in the French Alps in spring.

Looking to make a day out of it? Then why not pack up a picnic with fresh local produce from your nearest market to take with you! For those who want to include their four-legged friends in their spring activities, take a look at these dog-friendly hikes in the French Alps!


With temperatures not yet at their peak and roads clear of snow (early spring can still have some snowfall), spring allows riders of all levels to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the French Alps on a bike. Experienced riders can challenge themselves with routes covered by the world famous Tour de France, whereas beginners can enjoy shorter rides or give the increasingly popular e-biking a go. If you need to rent a bike throughout your stay, you can find some of our recommended suppliers below:

Spring activities in the Alps: Cycling
Spring is a fantastic time to cycle through the winding routes of the French Alps. With quieter roads, you can take your time and enjoy the views.

Mountain bikers will find plenty of trails and descents across the Alps in spring, with La Clusaz making a real name for itself in recent years! So, if you’re heading to La Clusaz this spring, why not take a look at our recommended mountain biking trails to find more information! Remember that in early spring there can still be snow on the mountains, so check with the local tourist office about the best routes.

Spring activities in the Alps: Mountain Biking
Explore the mountains of the French Alps on two wheels this spring!

Adventure Sports

Spring activities in the Alps: Canyoning
Thrill seekers will love jumping, climbing and scrambling over rocks whilst canyoning in the mountains!

Paddleboarding, rafting and canyoning are just a few of the spring activities in the Alps you can enjoy on – or in – the water! Availability of water activities does depend on the weather, but Activ’Annecy can advise you on what is available when you arrive. You can read more about their activities here. If you are visiting Lake Annecy in summer, take a look at these 10 amazing Lake Annecy Water Sports before packing your bags!

Take to the air!

Spring activities in the Alps: Take to the air!
Fly high above Lake Annecy on an exhilarating hang-gliding adventure!

Paragliding, hang-gliding and hot air ballooning are some of the adrenaline-fuelled air sports that are sure to provide a holiday experience that you won’t forget! Take in the stunning scenery of lakes and mountains from above, while accompanied by a qualified instructor. There are various companies that offer these activities, including Activ’Annecy (see link above) and Airmax Parapente. Alternatively speak to the local tourist office in your resort.

Spring Skiing

Spring activities in the Alps: Spring skiing
No lifts? No problem! Ski touring allows you to explore the mountains and take in the views in your own time.

This year ski and snowboard enthusiasts can keep the spirit of winter alive by trying some alternative snow-sports. In many ski resorts the season runs until mid-April so, depending on the snow, activities such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ski touring are still possible if you need a last snow fix of the season! Bear in mind that you may need to hire specialist equipment for these, so make sure to contact your local ski rental shop for more information.

Do you fancy trying some new spring activities in the Alps? Then why not browse our beautiful range of properties! With many of them offering fantastic outdoor areas and incredible facilities, you’re sure to find the perfect base for your next spring getaway!


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