Horse riding in the French Alps with Aravis Passion

 

With winter just around the corner we’re all looking forward to digging our skis out and hitting the slopes again. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to skiing, or fancy trying something different during your holiday you should take a look at Aravis Passion.

 

Aravis Passion is an equestrian centre situated just outside La Clusaz village. Horse and pony treks are just the beginning at Aravis Passion, as they offer diverse equestrian activities all year round with some excitingly different options! Let us give you a run through of all the fun activities on offer at the centre.

 

Winter Activities

 

Two horses tethered together in the snow

 

Horse and Pony Treks at Aravis Passion

 

Horse and pony trekking are both available in the winter. With packages for all levels you can discover the Aravis from a completely different perspective. Horse treks take place in the mornings and evenings outside of the ski lift opening times, allowing you to experience the forests in tranquility. Pony trekking can be enjoyed throughout the day and is perfect for young families.

 

Ski Joëring

 

An old black and white photo of a skier being towed by a horse from the St Moritz Winter Olympics in 1928

 

Ski Joëring is believed to have originated in Sweden over 4000 years ago. What was then used as a means of transportation by peasants has developed into a leisure and competitive sport and even featured in the St Moritz Winter Olympics in 1928.

 

Ski Joering is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle. It is derived from the Norwegian word “skikjøring”, meaning “ski driving”.

 

Aravis Passion offers equestrian Ski Joëring tours. Julian and his team guide you and the horses around a mixture of groomed trails of varying levels. With packages for different skiing abilities available you don’t have to be an expert skier to get out and give it a try!

 

It is also possible to book a private group session and Julian tailors the excursion to the group’s skiing ability and even offers a traditional Savoyard lunch in a nearby igloo!

 

 

Pony Sledging

 

Another great option for young families, pony sledging takes the pace down a bit. Enjoy a gentle, snowy, meander as your children are towed on a traditional sledge by their pony.

 

Horse Drawn Carriage

 

Cosied up under warm furs you can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the comfort of the Aravis Passion carriage. A wonderful experience for non-skiers and those who are not at ease in the saddle! It can also make for a very romantic evening out.

 

What to Wear

 

A young blond boy sat in the snow wearing green and blue ski wear and green sunglasses

 

For all of the winter activities it is advised to dress warmly! Warm winter jackets and trousers are recommended for the treks and carriage ride, and for ski-joëring and sledging ski clothing is best.

 

Summer Activities

 

Horse Treks

 

 

Experience the forests and pastures of the Aravis in tranquility with only the clip clop of horses hooves to distract you from the natural sounds of the mountains. With discovery treks of one hour to half day excursions, there is something for all levels of rider on offer.

 

Please note that the horses can only take up to a maximum rider weight of 80kg.

 

A horse and the bottom half of a rider

 

Farm Discovery on Pony Back

 

From the age of two, children can discover a mini-farm from pony back. With pigs, geese, goats, rabbits and more at the farm this is a fantastic way to introduce your little ones to the world of horses.

 

Riding Classes

 

Riding classes for children from four to thirteen are offered throughout the summer at Aravis Passion. Classes run morning and afternoon, Monday to Friday. With flexible full or half day packages available you can decide which days your child will attend and only pay for the days they are present.

 

The children learn through games with the ponies, as well as treks and jumping. Theory is also taught so the children come away with a rounded knowledge of riding.

 

Two tan and white horses tethered together

 

Prices and Booking Information

 

Visit Aravis Passion for prices and booking information for all winter and summer activities.

 

Eating at Aravis Passion

 

Exploring the Aravis on horseback is hungry work! Enjoy delicious home made dishes before or after riding.

 

If you’re still looking for a base for your summer or winter holiday, explore our range of luxury chalets in the Aravis at OVO Network.

 

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Written by... Andrew

Andrew

Hi, I'm Andrew and I am the Social Media Manager at OVO Network. I live in La Clusaz and love everything about life in the mountains. My favourite things to do are skiing, mountain biking and chilling by Lake Annecy with my little family! - andrew.goodman@ovonetwork.com