The Resort

Eating & Drinking

While all our summer holidays include our fully-catered chalet service, we do take one night off per week. The local hotel just down the road does simple food at reasonable prices. It's also very easy to head into Bourg Saint Maurice for a bigger choice of restaurants and bars.

Nightlife

Well, it's summer in the Alps. Generally it's pretty quiet. Our chalet beer-fridge is always well-stocked and there's a hotel bar just down the road. Bourg Saint Maurice isn't far away for a few more bars and restaurants. If you're looking for more nightlife than that, you're not riding hard enough!

Bike Shops

The chairlift behind the chalet leads directly to La Rosiere and our bike-hire partner shop, Sport 2000. They carry a reasonable range of spares and kit. Bourg Saint Maurice is very close by and has a couple of decent bike shops too - we're usually passing through Bourg at the beginning or end of the day for those who need a quick emergency repair. We carry our own stock of basics, including tyres, tubes, chains, some brake pads (if you use the same brakes as the guides, you're in luck...) and some other minor bits and pieces. Stevo is a pretty competent bike mechanic and will always do his best to help get you rolling again if you have a bike disaster. Stephane at Revolver in Bourg Saint Maurice is a major bike-tech nut and will turn most repairs around overnight. Very hand if you blow a brake/fork seal or pringle a wheel.

Other Activities

Beyond the superb mountain-biking, the valley offers great walking on forest trails and on high-mountain ridges. Local mountain guides are available for climbing or via cordata/Ferrata instruction or for walking or mountaineering excursions. The valley and the Isere river offer world-class white-water sports based just down the road in Bourg Saint Maurice. Les Arcs is also a good parapente launch site and lessons or tandem flights are available. For a surreal experience, Tignes (20 minutes drive away) offers year-round snowboarding and skiing, including the legendary terrain park and half-pipe.There's a fair chance of seeing some well-known faces throwing down moves in the park or bashing gates during off-season training. Stevo & Iona are both fully-qualified International Mountain Leaders and can lead walking groups in the mountains as well as mountain bikers. There are some spectacular high-mountain walks available, including the Aiguille de la Grande Sassiere (probably the highest "walkable" peak in the Alps"), exposed routes with cables and chains for protection or the chance to stay in a high-altitude mountain refuge within the Vanoise National Park. Some of the wildlife to be seen is incredible - you'll almost get bored of marmottes and golden eagles or you may get the chance to spot ibex, bearded vultures, wild boar, snakes, lynx or even, if you're very lucky, wolves.

Spas & Pools

The spa/pool/gym up in Tignes (30mins drive) is good and open throughout the summer. There are also local independent masseuses and physiotherapists with whom we can make arrangements to visit the chalet. This typically costs around 45 per half hour. Bourg Saint Maurice is both an indoor and an outdoor pool and, slightly further down the valley, there is a swimming lake by the river which can be a very pleasant place to spend a relaxing Wednesday afternoon.

White water rafting in the Tarentaise

Parapenting in the Tarentaise

Chamois in the Grande Sassiere  nature reserve

Spa in Sainte Foy