The snow has melted away, and the Three Valleys winter season has drawn to a close once again. While there’s no doubt we can’t wait until next season for the pistes to be full of skiers again, we have to admit we do greatly enjoy the summer months here in the French Alps. That’s because there are a huge range of fantastic events to get involved with when the sun comes out, from music festivals to mountain biking, and even the famous Meribel air show!
With so many events coming up we thought we’d bring you a list of everything you need to know about, all on one handy page. Make sure you get these in your calendar if you’re visiting the Three Valleys this summer!
Red Bull 400 – Sat 10th June – Courchevel
Running 400 metres as fast as possible might sound simple, but add in the fact that you have to do it over a gradient of up to 36° and you suddenly realise how tough it can be! This is the first time a Red Bull 400 has been held in France, and 400 participants will be getting involved.
Fete de la Musique – Weds 21st June – Meribel
During every summer solstice the Fete de la Musique is held across France, and it usually covers every type of music you can imagine. From local bands just starting out, club DJs and even professional musicians, you’ll find them all here.
Horse Fair – Sat 1st July – Courchevel
Get down to Courchevel Le Praz to enjoy a day dedicated to horses. Kids will love the pony rides and bouncy castle!
Electric Mountain Bike Week – Mon 3rd-Fri 7th July – Meribel
During the first week of July you can try out the electric mountain bikes in Meribel. You can choose to take the bike out for a spin, or beginners can even wait to go with a guide in the afternoon.
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Jazz Festival– Thurs 6th July – Brides Les Bains
Music lovers need to make their way to Brides Les Bains on the 6th July. Expect jazz concerts with a host of programme full of local and international talent, all for free!
Three Valleys Addict Tour – Sat 8th-Sun 9th July – Meribel
If you’re a fan of mountain biking then you can’t miss the Three Valleys Addict Tour. On Saturday it’s all about the ‘Free Bike’, where you ride for fun or you can get timed if you want to test your skills. There’s also the small matter of the ‘Hannibal Race’, where teams of up to 4 people race on a course of 2-3km. On Sunday there’s the ‘Free Rando Tour’, with 84km of terrain to bike across. Get involved!
The Big Experience Festival – Fri 14th– Sun 16th July – Courchevel
Sport and the mountains are combined like never before during the Big Experience Festival. It’s aimed at 8-16 year olds and features a whole host of different challenges & activities.
Bastille Day – Fri 15th July – Meribel
Bastille Day is a French national holiday that’s celebrated with plenty of fireworks. If you’re in Meribel on the 15th July you’ll be treated to a huge firework display and various activities.
Bike Park Competition – Sat 15th – Sun 16th July – Meribel
With 12 different challenges over two days, this is the event for mountain bikers to truly test their abilities. Get involved on the Saturday from 2pm and you’ll be greeted from last year’s winners, a photo call, live music and a BBQ.
Savoy Music Festival – Weds 19th July – Courchevel
During the Savoy Music Festival, the conductor of the Savoie Orchestra will continue to compare music & composers, enlightening the audience with a wonderful performance.
Cyclo Meribel 2017 – Wed 19th July – Meribel
Anyone who shares a passion for cycling (and has the stamina!) is invited to participate in the Cyclo Meribel 2017, organised by the association Velo Club de Meribel. You’ll bike 9.5km and climb all the way from Les Allues to Meribel Altiport.
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La Madelon Fair– Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd July – Courchevel
This popular village fair takes place by the lake and in the streets, and you’ll get to experience the local craft market, a funfair and many other activities. It’s also a great way of meeting the locals!
Pyro Symphonie Live – Tues 25th July – Courchevel
One of our favourite events here in the Three Valleys. Pyro Symphonie Live is a symphonic concert with fireworks by the lake. You haven’t seen fireworks until you’ve seen them set to atmospheric music like this!
Meribel Air Show – Mon 24th– Fri 28th July
You simply can’t miss the Meribel Air Show if you’re in the Three Valleys this summer. Over five days you’ll witness superb aerial stunts from pilots who have flown in the Red Bull Air Race. You’ll also get to see 40 aircraft on the ground, such as modern planes and helicopters. This event is totally free so you have no excuse not to go!
Courchevel X-Trail – Sat 5th– Sun 6th August – Courchevel
Head to the magnificent Vanoise National Park for the Courchevel X-Trail, with two days of entertainment. Ski jumping demonstrations, canoeing, inflatable play equipment and much more will be on the agenda.
Vertical Kilometre – Tues 8th August – Meribel
Can you get to the top of a 1km ascent in the fastest time possible? Then you might want to sign up to the Vertical Kilometre! Last year’s winning times were 35 minutes for the men and 47 minutes for the women.
Ski Jumping World Cup – Fri 11th – Sat 12th August – Courchevel
This big sports meeting is one of the major events of the summer, showcasing the spectacular sport of ski-jumping. Get to see the world’s best jumpers competing on the 132 and 96 metre ski jumps.
Meribel Trail – Sat 12th– Sun 13th August – Meribel
Trail runners of all abilities are invited to this two day event, and there are six different races to compete across. There will even be an awards ceremony in the afternoon to congratulate the winners.
Frappadingue Alp X’Trem – Sat 19th – Sun 20th August – Courchevel
This extreme obstacle course is one of the wackiest events in the Three Valleys! Around 5500 people tackle the course every year, tackling 40 obstacles spread out over 12km.
As you can see there are so many different events to enjoy in the Three Valleys this summer, the fun never stops! After adding these into your calendar you just need to book your luxury accommodation. A selection of our Meribel chalets are available to book in the summer months so get in touch to find out more.