7 THINGS TO DO IN THE TARENTAISE VALLEY
The must-sees and dos in this Alpine area during summer
1Cycle a famous route Do one of the world-fa mous stages of the Tour de France routes from Sainte Foy, like the Col du Petit St Bernard, a 27.6km-long mountain pass. For a less rigorous, more family-friendly journey, hire bikes from Bourg Saint Maurice and cycle to Aime, a pretty 22km round trip that follows the river.
2 Take a hike With more than 70km of footpaths in and around Sainte Foy, you can choose from half- or full-day treks, even staying over in one of the many mountain refuges.
3 Do a pony trek Have a guided tour atop a pony from the Sainte Foy Equestrian Centre to the mountain hamlet of Le Monal where you can then picnic, paddle and purchase the local cheese.
4 Take to the water Take an exhilarating ride on the whitewater slalom course down to Aime from Bourg St Maurice on the Isere river. You can canoe, kayak or white water raft.
5 See the scenery from above Soar above the stunning pastures of the Tarentaise valley on a parapenting flight – you run off the side of a mountain with a parachute on your back and then float down into the valley.
6 Go summer skiing Open from June-September, ski the 3,500m Grandes Motte glacier at Tignes. The funicular at Tignes Val Claret whisks you up to the glacier in just seven minutes.
7 Shop in Italy Visit the pretty Italian village of La Thuile, just a 30-minute drive from Sainte Foy. Its many chocolate shops and cafés are worth exploring.