If you’ve got kids who can’t be persuaded to lie on a sun lounger for more than ten minutes at a time, you’ll be searching for a summer holiday location packed with possibilities. Though it’s nice to relax on holiday, if we’re honest it’s not just the kids who get bored sitting around. Many of us prefer a holiday crammed full of adrenaline-inducing activities to one spent lying around doing nothing. Courchevel, a resort in the French Alps, is a fantastic location for an active summer getaway. Canyoning is just one of the many exhilarating activities you can take part in in the region.
What Is Canyoning?
Canyoning is the ideal activity for the family that loves thrills and excitement and offers the perfect way to make the most out of Courchevel’s mountain scenery during the summer months. Anyone from the age of 8 can take part as long as they have basic swimming abilities.
So, what exactly is canyoning? Well, zip up your wet suit and get ready to jump, abseil, slide and climb into chilly mountain streams and rivers. Canyoning combines various outdoor disciplines with beautiful scenery and gorgeous views. Using the river as a natural obstacle course you’ll tackle tough terrain, cascades and rapids as you forge a path along the route. This is a great way for your kids to put all those swimming lessons to good use, as well as learn new skills such as cliff jumping, rope rigging and abseiling.
The ultimate test of bravery and daring is abseiling down one of the local cascades before plunging into the cold waters below!
Where to Go
There are a variety of routes on offer for adventurous visitors to the area, from short, simple trails for beginners to longer, more exciting routes for the truly daring. Here are my top three locations for canyoning in Courchevel.
· Canyon Pussy: set in gorgeous, green surrounds, this route ends with a substantial abseil.
· Canyon Angon Waterfalls: This route is slightly harder with a few stunning abseils and ends with a leisurely swim in Lake Annecy.
· Canyon Montmin: This is a beautiful canyon with lots of jumps, slides and swims so you’ll never get bored.
Canyoning can be dangerous if precautions aren’t taken, so make sure you go with a reputable local company. Check the age limits for each individual provider as they can differ. Unless you book a course specifically for children, an adult will have to accompany anyone under the age of fourteen. Don’t worry, canyoning is great fun for all ages and parents will enjoy it just as much as kids.
Getting from Geneva to Courchevel
The best way to start your trip is to head from Geneva to Courchevel. Fly into the airport at Geneva – just an hour and a half from the UK – then book a reliable and affordable transfer from Geneva to Courchevel with Shuttle Direct. In only a few hours you’ll be enjoying your summer holiday in the beautiful mountains of France.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you need an airport transfer from Geneva to Courchevel, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.