We all love the glorious snowy views of winter, but it’s just as easy to fall in love with the mountains in summer (…well, almost).

There’s a lot going on this year and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite summer mountain holiday ideas for you… not a beach towel in sight.

Mountaineering in Chamonix

Summer mountain holiday

Ever fancied summiting Mont Blanc? Action Outdoors has a range of affordable mountaineering courses running over the summer in the climbing mecca of Chamonix. If you’re not quite at that level yet then there are introductory and improver courses on offer too. You’ll learn all about navigation, climbing, ice climbing and dealing with different conditions. The courses are all based in the UCPA Centres, a non-profit organisation that provides access to sport and recreation for people aged 18 to 55. Find out more…

 

Meeting the locals in Switzerland

Learn to bake rye bread, go gem hunting or enjoy fondue on horseback. The new ‘My Swiss Experience’ finder has over 700 experiences for you to choose between. It’s a great new resource for finding some really unique mountain activities right across Switzerland. You can search using different criteria or just browse the lot and be inspired. Visit the Experience Finder…

 

Improve your ski technique in Tignes

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Snoworks are launching a range of summer ski courses this year in the French Olympic village of Tignes. Aimed at adventurous intermediate skiers they’ll cover All Terrain, Bumps and Race Carve and will run from June 24th though to the end of July. Get a head start on the 2017/18 season and hit the high ground with Snoworks’ team of highly experienced coaches. Find out more…

 

Learn French and get active in Morzine

Summer mountain holiday

Impress your ski crew next season by striking up conversations with the locals and ordering wine with authority. The Alpine French School offers summer school and summer camps for adults and children in Morzine and Les Gets. Kids and teens can brush up on their language skills and prepare for GCSEs or A Levels, as well as getting out and about in the mountains learning new sports. Adults can take a relaxed schedule of conversational classes combined with rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoning or hiking. Find out more…

 

Yodelling in Switzerland at Unspunnenfest

Summer mountain holiday

This traditional Swiss festival only comes around once every twelve years, so if you like a yodel you better book tickets now. Held in Interlaken from August 26 to September 3 2017 it will be one of the largest traditional folklore gatherings in Europe. Alpine herding, wrestling and traditional costume parades are a few of the attractions – but the yodelling did it for us. Visit the festival website…

 

Mountain biking in the Austrian Tirol

Summer mountain holiday

The Tirol region is perfect for mountain biking – for a start there are no less than 5,600 kilometers of designated mountain bike tracks to explore. Add to this biker-friendly accommodation, beautiful terrain and some excellent guided tour options and you’re all set for a peddle-powered summer holiday. Innsbruck makes a great base if you’d like a city break with some biking thrown in, or you can go all out with solo or guided circuits. Diehards can time their visit with one of several mountain biking festivals. Find out all about biking in the Austrian Tirol…

 

Active holidays in the Italian Dolomites

Summer mountain holiday

The area around Val Gardena in Italy is one of our favourite places to ski. The views of the distinctive limestone peaks of the Dolomites combined with the region’s delicious cuisine make it a winner every time. The same things draw visitors over the summer months too, but you’ll be exploring the mountains by biking or hiking trail at this time of year, and instead of snowy runs you’ll be gazing over wild flower meadows. The Hotel Savoy offer some great summer packages, including hiking the Sella Massif and biking the Sella Ronda ski circuit. There’s also the gentler Active Week, which you can read all about in our Summer in the Dolomites article.

 

Learn German and become a ski instructor

Snoworks Gap instructor summer courses based at the Hintertux glacier in Austria offer a complete change of lifestyle as well as a summer escape. There are several options for training to different levels, but the first level Austrian instructor course takes just three weeks to complete and offers a guaranteed job next season for everyone who qualifies. Tempted? Find out more…