The French Alps in Summer 2011

The Alps really aren't just for winter. A whole host of activities and events take place throughout the summer. Here are some of Alpine Angels top tips for summer 2011. Pass'Portes du Soleil 2011 (24 - 26 June) This is a mountain biking weekend across the enormous and beautiful Portes du Soleil. Mountain bikers of all abilities cross the mountain biking tracks of the Portes du Soleil crossing Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets, Morzine, Montriond-Les Lindarets, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon and Les Crosets. The trek covers a total of 80km and each resort offers refreshments with local produce and music. There is also a special kids circuit so the whole family can get involved. You can start from any of the resorts involved. The trek takes just one day so you can enter either on the Saturday or Sunday (or both if you're a bit keen!) For more information go to - For more information on properties for sale in the Portes du Soleil go to The World Climbing Championships 2011 (11 - 13 July) Every year Chamonix plays host to the World Climbing Championships (Coupe du Monde d'Escalade). The best speed and technical climbers from around the globe descend on the resort for three days of astonishing climbing action. It is well worth a trip to watch climbers race up 15 meter walks, scaling overhangs that look impassible. There are also climbing demonstrations and live music. The finals take place on 13 July so you can enjoy the incredible “Bastille Day” fireworks with bars open until the last person leaves. For more information go to - For more information on properties for sale in the Chamonix area go to Cham'Biere Fest (13 July) For those of you a little less sport focused, this is an annual Chamonix outdoor festival that celebrates beer. All the beers have been brewed by independent breweries in the Rhone-Alpes Region including traditionally brewed ales and lagers, fruit beers, and even some spiced beers. There are up to 10 breweries present with over 35 different beers in all. There is food and live music, a giant BBQ, and a live band. Cham-biere is always held on the last day of the World Climbing Championships (see above) and so you have the added bonus of being able to watch the amazing Bastille Day fireworks in the evening. There is more information available at Cham-Biere For more information on properties for sale in the Chamonix area go to The 98th Tour de France (2nd - 24th July) Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France. Last year Morzine - Avoriaz played host to not one but two of the stages of this famous race. In fact the French Alps have featured heavily in Le Tour's history with the grueling mountain climbs creating some of the most exciting and dramatic racing moments of the last 98 years. The route changes each year taking in different towns and villages along the way and this year it ends in Paris. But even if the race doesn't pass near you this summer it will be avidly followed in all the bars and cafés around the French Alps - A real moment in French culture - For more information on properties for sale in the Portes du Soleil go to Status Quo Free Festival / Harley Davidson Owners Annual Meet (15 - 17July) This is without question one of the highlights of Alpine Angels' summer 2011. Harley Davidson club members descend upon Morzine in July to coo over each others bikes, watch and take part in motor bike demonstrations and generally make an awful lot of noise with their big Harley Davidson bikes. The event itself is quite something, but this year one of the live acts they have arranged is none other than The Quo! Status Quo have been rocking all over the world, or at least all over Europe on a mega sold out tour. But they have chosen to perform a free concert as part of the Harley Davidson weekend in Morzine-Avoriaz. We have been practicing our air guitar ever since we found out. For more information on properties for sale in Morzine go to

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