Summer in the French Alps provides neverending activities for outdoor enthusiasts, here are just a few
The Châtel aquatic centre is state of the art with an indoor lap pool, children's play pool, outdoor heated pool, wellness centre, spa and gym. The Forme D'O is open year round. The pools in Morgins and Champery, our favorite for the spectacular view, are also open in the summer. Lake swimming is possible in Lac Montriond and Lac Geneva (Lac Leman), both a drive away.
Both river and lake fishing is available in Châtel close to Chalet Cannelle. The River Dranse is just 300m from the chalet with various ideal spots in Châtel as well as further down the Abondance Valley. Lake fishing is possible at Lac de Vonnes & Lac de la Mouille in Châtel, Lac de Plagne in Abondance & Lac D'Avorin in La Chapelle. Tution can be arranged.
For some exhilarating fun, you can try canyoning, white water rafting and hydrospeed. Located further down the valley between Abondance and Thonon, the River Dranse gathers momentum and rapids as the gorge provides the perfect backdrop.
Paragliding provides a completely different perspective of the alps. The scenic flights usually depart from the top of Morclan at 1900m and you fly over Châtel taking in the Dents du Midi and Mont de Grange as you fly. Some instructors also offer stunt flights for the adventurous!
For those wanting an adrenalin rush, Châtel offers the unique Fantasticable. If you have ever wanted to know what it would feel like to fly, then this is perfect for you. The Fantasticable allows you to 'fly' across the valley at up to 100km/hour, 240m above the valley.
There are rock climbing sites in and close to Châtel including Mont Chauffé, the Cornettes du Bise, Mont du Grange and Dents du Midi. There are fully bolted routes and guides available. An artificial climbing wall is located in La Chapelle d'Abondance.
There are a number of Via Ferrata routes available in La Chapelle d'Abondance, 10 minutes drive from Chalet Cannelle. The routes are a series of wires and ropes, enabling you to walk and climb up steep sections of rocks and cliffs. A head for heights is needed! Further information is available here
Fun for Children
The bob-luge and devil kart in Châtel are great fun for children (and adults!) There is also mini-golf in the village (included in the multi-pass). Accrobranche, a series of ropes, ladders and zip-wires through the forest are available at Arbracadabra in Abondance and Accrobranche du Dahu in Champery.