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Friday 02 June updated on 06-02-2023 at 8:06

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Are you suffering from the heat in town? It’s unbreathable, unbearable… in short, it’s time to do something about it!

We have THE solution you need: gain a bit of height to find a little cool air and at the same time, enjoy some sumptuous scenery. Take a breath of fresh air, walks through the forest and have a rest on the banks of mountain lakes …

Here are a few ideas for activities you can enjoy in times of great heat:

Hiking and walking:

Enjoy the beauty of the scenery and the fresh air when you climb up to altitude and walk around pretty lakes.

Hikes you will  :

      + Five Lakes route, starting in Bourg-Saint-Maurice: a superb hike, 5 hours there and back, on which you will discover a succession of glacial lakes.
      + The Lac des Moutons route starting at the top of the Transarc in Arc 2000: a beautiful view over the Bellecote chain, the Aiguille Rouge (3226m) and a lovely walk of an hour at the edge of the Vanoise National Park.
      + The Aiguille Rouge Panorama at 3226m to discover the highest point in the les Arcs area with an outstanding view of Mont-Blanc, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

Discover other hiking routes here


White water activities:

Make a detour via the international canoe-kayak centre in Bourg-Saint-Maurice: you’ll have a choice of all sorts of white water activities such as raftinghydrospeedcanyoningcanoe-kayak and even kayak raft! One thing is certain: fun and freshness guaranteed!

+ Details and providers here

Swimming pool and water sports centre:

Cool yourself down by jumping into the Arc 1800 Swimming Pool.

In the midst of the great outdoors, you can join an aquagym session followed by some sunbathing. You’re guaranteed a moment of wellness and relaxation!

If you’re based in Bourg Saint Maurice, make a splash at the water sports centre.


For the more courageous , an initiation to para-gliding first thing in the morning or at the end of the day could be the dream spot to stop suffering from the heat while enjoying unique views at several thousand metres above the ground!

Details and providers here 

A quick reminder of how best to protect yourself from the heat:

+Protect yourself from the sun during your periods of exposure (cap, hat, sun cream), while remembering to stay as much as possible in shaded areas.

+ Hydrate yourself as often as possible, without waiting to feel thirsty (a minimum of 1.5L of water per day).

+ Cool down as often as you can (particularly children) with the help of an atomiser or by going swimming.

It is perfectly possible to take part in your favourite mountain activities if you bear this valuable advice in mind!