The Oisans area is home to an area of outstanding beauty but also a place where discovery, exploration and exhilaration take centre stage... Take a look at a few out of the ordinary things you can get up to in summer.
We have included a couple of links to pages on the 'Oisans' website, including; the events taking place and guides to download. They offer you the advantage of understanding what is possible when you decide to visit this wonderful place.
Adventure park or ‘Aventure Parc’ in French is a well-known outdoor activity centre built into the tree line that takes elements of SAS training and makes them safe. Much like Britains ‘Go Ape’ they have different levels of difficulty so that all ages can enjoy themselves and be tested in their strength and dare devilness.
An extremely refreshing way to get to know the mountains! Abseil, jump or slide your way down routes cut out by Mother Nature. Enjoy a guided descent and discover the picturesque canyon of Oz. An unforgettable experience, to share with family or friends without fear!
From the simple introduction of natural or artificial walls, to routes of various length and difficulties, climbing guides and instructors are there to share their passion for rock with you.
Whether you enjoy line fishing, hook, fly or spinning you will find tranquility, happiness… and fish, including rainbow trout, brook trout, char and brown trout. The Fishing is mainly around Allemont , Alpette, Alpe d’Huez, Mizoen and Venosc offering anglers a fine choice and variation in mountain streams, lakes and mountain rivers.
Glacier walking is an incredible experience, but it also demands alertness, knowledge and equipment.
There is a special joy in crossing a snowy glacier in the middle of summer...listening to the crunch of your crampons and breathing the cool crisp air.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flights from Alpe d’Huez Altiport. Pleasure flights, first flights, photos, video, and public transport to any destination such as Les Deux Alpes.
As well as being home to the world renowned Poutran International Equestrian Training Centre, Alpe d'Huez is also a great place to ride just for fun. The scenery is stunning and you can cover much more terrain on horseback than on your own two feet!
Travelling in a hot air balloon is a remarkably peaceful, serene and enjoyable experience. Since the balloon moves with the wind you don't feel any breeze. The experience of flying in a hot air balloon is very safe and calming - you simply lift off the ground and move with the air in the atmosphere.
This can be done on the Lake Verney reservoir located at the bottom of the valley. The lake is tranquil, a great place for a swim and perfect for a pic-nic day with the family. Take in the scenery and jump in for a quick dip to cool off.
The Oisans area is spoilt for choice when it comes to mountaineering with strategically placed huts on mountain sides for your pleasure and ease of ascending peaks. France operates an outstanding system of mountain refuges, websites of which can be accessed via the green buttons at the bottom of the page.
Vaujany, with 300 days of sunshine per year, is paradise for walking holidays in the French Alps. The famous walking route GR54 starts and finishes in Bourg d’Oisans below and passes through the hills and valleys only a few miles away, through the Ecrins National Park
The paintball area located in Oz en Oisans (15 minutes away) is the perfect place to cut loose and have some fun... for all ages!
The session includes equipment rental, fell-tip marker, face protection, suit, refill of 100 balls, plastron for women and an entrance for an hour.
If you’ve never tried paragliding before (or maybe you’re not entirely sure what it is!) then Vaujany is a great place to learn how to fly. There is a paragliding school, based beside the tennis club just above La Villette, which offers breathtaking tandem flights from 2,800m or 2,000m and beginners' courses by arrangement.
Skiing season over? Not a chance I hear you say! Think again - You can ski in the summer in the French Alps, no need to put away that precious ski gear as from the 6th of July you can practice your technique skiing and boarding at the Pic Blanc Glacier leaving the afternoons to soak up the sun back in resort. What could be better combining sunbathing and skiing? The lift pass rate is €20 for the day.
Vaujany has many places that swimming is possible. The best places to swim are the natural bodies of water up in the mountains. Although they are likely to be rather chilly, they are sure to be some of the most memorable times as it can take quiet a bit of preparation. You come out feeling extremely refreshed to say the least!
During the Summer months there are many things to do in and around Vaujany. The small ‘petit train’ is free of charge and allows easy access to all the facilities that the resort offers. You will find many activities and facilities to keep all members of your group entertained. Please see below for more detail.
The fun sport of sledging (or ‘luge’) isn’t just confined to the snowy winter slopes. Alpe d'Huez has a summer toboggan run at the Piste de l'Eclose, which can be reached via the cablecar. Including the price of the cable car ride it costs 13.50€ for an adult and 7€ for a child.
The EDF Alpe d'Huez, long distance Triathlon takes place in an exceptional setting and over a unique course! The two sponsors have renewed their commitment for 2014...
The bike race course is quite simply legendary making it totally unique, with two mountain passes on the programme...
Finally, once contestants have discarded their bikes in Alpe d’Huez, it is onto the running section of the triathlon...
If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! Be at one with the mountain in complete safety, whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber.
About thirty minutes away between Venosc and St Christophe (both worth a visit) is the rafting and canoeing centre 'Veneon Eaux Vives' offering some thrilling outings on the river accompanied by experienced instructors.
Lying in the hollow at the foot of the steep mountains, the Lac de Verney in Allemont enables you to combine watersports and mountain activities. The lake, which is over 1.2 km long, was created by the building of the Grand Maison dam in 1985 and has since provided the setting for the Alpe d’Huez triathlon and summer fun for everyone.
For something that is part meditation it is important and beneficial to conduct it in a peaceful place with no distractions. The open spaces and glorious views in Vaujany will have you thinking of nothing except blissfullness.