The French Alps are a popular destination for lovers of winter sports but fewer people know the breathtaking mountain range makes for a brilliant summer holiday spot as well.

Last August, I travelled to Morzine, a small village on the Swiss border with my friend to experience a different side of the spot.

We stayed at Chilly Powder, a British-owned ski chalet buzzing with life even in the summer.

The homey accommodation came with a bathtub, authentic French meals, wine, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a pet bearded dragon residing in the garden.

It was a comfortable and welcoming environment and we made friends quickly with other guests.

But during the days, we usually ventured out to nature - here are seven things we participated in.

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1. A hike at Lac du Montriond

With the help of the brilliant staff, on our first and rainiest day, we drove to the nearby lake of Montriond, where stunning scenery awaited us.

Having a car is a big advantage on this terrain, it makes moving around painless.

The lake alone is worth the short drive - especially if you take a dip in the warm water as we did - but we also walked to a nearby waterfall.

A popular tourist spot, Cascade d’Ardent is the reward at the end of a light hike and is completely free.

On our visit, parts of it were sadly closed to the public due to ongoing work but nonetheless, we had lunch by the clear water and took lots of pictures.

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2. Games and sports

The August weather is perfect for a friendly game of mini golf, tennis, pool or an afternoon at the swimming pool.

We visited all of the above and even went on a bobsleigh ride in the forest.

This was all included in our multi-pass, an all-in-one ticket to dozens of activities.

Temperatures varied during our stay, some days were sunny and warm but others were reminiscent of a cold Glasgow autumn day.

One benefit of the multi-pass is that we could change our schedule quickly when the weather changed, but most of the time a reservation was still needed.

The mountains provided an unforgettable backdrop for our tennis match, I didn't even mind losing.

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3. The village of goats - Les Lindarets

The multi-pass also offers free ski lift rides across the meadows and mountains, which is the easiest and most picturesque way of getting around.

Using these, we spend a day in a beautiful village where goats roam free. It was definitely a highlight of the trip.

You can pet and feed the goats, who are all friendly and you can browse gift shops for a souvenir to take home. I had to get a hat with goats on it.

We also had crepes at a lovely cafe here - it's a must when you are in France.

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4. Canyoning

This one was not included in the pass but if you are willing to spend the extra money, you will leave with memories of a lifetime.

We jumped from cliffs and swam down a cooling stream on an adrenaline-filled afternoon.

Our guide was amazing and made sure every step we took was safe. We were also joined by a family with two young children who amazed me with their bravery.

It was a thrill I will never forget - and a bruise that stayed with me for weeks.

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5. Fantasticable

Sticking with activities that will get your heart pumping, on a clear afternoon, we abseiled down a mountain - head first.

The most extreme on the list, this short but memorable experience definitely requires a leap of faith but the views literally left me breathless.

In the end, when your feet are safely back on the ground, you can also buy a picture of yourself.

I opted not to do this but I recommend the activity to anyone, I promise you will get over the fear.

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6. Pubs and restaurants

Thanks to the helpful staff at Chilly Powder, we visited a great restaurant for a raclette.

If you are not familiar with the dish, it's a large block of melted cheese with bite-size vegetables and meat to dip into it.

This national delicacy will be on the menu of several restaurants and it was on my bucket list to try it, I was not disappointed.

Especially after a long day of sports, a big meal was the perfect way to unwind.

The area has several pubs as well, we did not try them on this occasion but as long as you have a designated driver, a glass of wine couldn't hurt.

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7. Rest at the chalet

Staying at Chilly Powder was not just convenient because of the comfort, we had an amazing time relaxing there as well.

The outside hot tub was perfect for a lazy afternoon, but socialising and playing board games into the night with the other guests was also a highlight.

When the sun is out, a game of ping-pong and a picnic in the nearby park might just be the way to go.

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We spent seven days in the French Alps as the ultimate summer holiday.

I really enjoyed how customizable our experience was. 

This vacation is definitely best suited for someone who is active and outdoorsy - there is so much more to the mountains than a ski trip. 


Travel facts:

Chilly Powder operates year-round, offering active summer holidays for individuals, groups and families looking to experience the stunning Portes du Soleil region. Summer prices start from €665 per person based on two adults sharing a standard bedroom for seven nights, or €1,853 for two adults and two children sharing a standard family bedroom. Prices are based on a half-board basis with wine included in the evening meals. Self-catered chalets and winter ski holidays are also available. To learn more or to making a booking, contact Chilly Powder on or 020 7289 6958 or visit