Savoie Mont Blanc, outdoor eldorado

Savoie and Haute-Savoie’s exceptionally varied and unspoilt countryside is an Eldorado for all outdoor sports, from the most extreme to the most accessible. With guaranteed thrills for everyone!

Outdoor

Call of the wild

Reconnect with nature, recharge your batteries far from the concrete and crowds of the city, recapture the childlike wonder that sleeps in us all – these are some of our deepest desires. Few other areas offer such an ideal environment as Savoie and Haute Savoie for all those activities that bring us closer to nature, with just the right amount of thrills and excitement. And there are activities to suit all tastes and all ages.

Want to get vertical?

Let’s climb!

There are many ways to experience the vertical world in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.  
But whether you’re tempted by rock climbing or a via ferrata, you will need the right equipment and proper supervision.  

Via ferratas, walls and climbing routes

All addicted 

Ta via ferrata 

With no fewer than 40 via ferrata and routes at every level, from beginner to expert, Savoie and Haute-Savoie are at the forefront of this sport in France. 

Objective Savoie Mont Blanc

Majestic mountaineering

With mont Blanc as its symbol, Savoie Mont Blanc has to be ideal terrain for mountaineering. The first ascent of the “roof of Europe”, in 1786, turned Chamonix into the world capital of mountaineering, but every one of Savoie and Haute-Savoie’s valleys share its passion for the sport. Guides, who have offices in every valley, are on hand to share the region’s unique mountaineering savoir-faire. 

Where to go mountaineering

They run and they run 

Trail running

Trail running is currently THE sport to do in summer (and in winter, on snow). The mountains of Savoie and Haute-Savoie are perfect terrain for running, so it’s no surprise that the world’s leading trail running events - UTMB, 6000D – take place in Savoie Mont Blanc. 

Trail running is all the rage

Immediate take off

By paraglider

Paragliding began here, in Haute-Savoie, before spreading across France. With its often-perfect flying conditions, Savoie Mont Blanc is the ideal place to get a bird’s-eye view of the world.

Savoie Mont Blanc, birthplace of paragliding
Introduction to paragliding 

Available all year round! 

Which is the best season for paragliding? Every season! Spring and summer provide the best conditions for long flights, whereas in winter you can combine paragliding with skiing or snowboarding. Before getting there, treat yourself to an introductory flight with an expert instructor. 

 

Downhill or cross-country

Mountain biking

Mountain biking can be enjoyed anywhere there’s rugged terrain. For cross-country or downhill, multi-day trips or bike-park sessions, a mountain bike is a must-have accessory for the summer.

Discover the different types of mountain biking
Top tips 

Discover and learn

Like downhill ski areas, bike parks provide all the facilities needed for mountain biking. But whether you ride in a bike park or out in the countryside, it is essential to have the right gear. 

Two wheels but no pedals 

Dirt scooter

Electric dirt scooters are stable, manoeuvrable and environmentally friendly machines that are fun to ride and a great way of exploring the countryside. 

 

 

 

Run the rapids

White water

Rafting, canoeing, kayaking, river boarding, etc. Refreshing thrills guaranteed in the rivers of Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

Whitewater sports
Give it a go… 

Canyoneering 

Canyoneering, a combination of hiking, climbing and white-water swimming, lets you explore the most beautiful rivers. 

Zen

Golf

Whether lakeside or in the mountains, Savoie Mont Blanc’s courses guarantee fabulous rounds of golf with a view. The biggest challenge is to avoid becoming too distracted by the magnificent scenery! 

The most beautiful golf courses