After the snow melts, the Three Valleys takes on a new charm.
Famous for being one of the most famous skiing and snowboarding spots, not to mention the world’s largest linked ski area, the Three Valleys is a popular winter holiday destination. But what about summer?
The Alps are a great place for a holiday regardless of the time of year.
Don’t believe us? Here’s what’s going on in Courchevel and Méribel this summer.
Fete de la Musique, 21st June, Méribel
The Fete de la Musique is an annual event celebrated all over France on the 21st June. It will also be arriving to Méribel!
While its name suggests that the event is solely a music festival, it is in fact much more than that.
Complete with a variety of music, from classical to pop, food stalls and family-friendly activities, the Fete de la Musique is an exciting event that should not be missed!
Make sure you add this one to your summer calendar!
Horse Fair, 7th July, Courchevel
The Three Valleys is the place to be in summer to take part in some exciting outdoor activities. Courchevel is no exception!
This year, on 7th July, Courchevel will be home to the Horse Fair. The event celebrates all things equestrian!
Particularly well-suited to children, the event will feature bouncy castles, horse riding lessons and pony rentals. It’s sure to be an action-packed day for the whole family!
While the day is centred around horses, there’s plenty of other activities on offer also. You won’t be short of things to do!
Three Valleys Addict Tour, 7th-8th July, Various Towns
Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with a giant playground for cyclists? The Three Valleys Addict Tour doesn’t seem to think so!
As the temperature rises, the Three Valleys transform. As the area is no longer a place for keen skiers to attack the pistes, sports-lovers’ take to their wheels.
There’s no better backdrop to cycle against than the Alps! Home to many winding trails of varying difficulty, the Three Valleys is the perfect place for cyclists to explore.
Whether you’re an expert, or just getting your balance on two wheels, the tour welcomes all abilities! So, if your taste for adrenaline is unsatisfied in the summer months, why not put your skills to the test?
Fireworks & Village Dance, 13th July, Courchevel
Festivities don’t finish when the sun goes away!
In fact, in Courchevel on the 13th July, quite the opposite happens.
The night sky gets brought to life with an exciting firework display on the lakeside. Afterwards, a dance takes place in the village from 11pm.
While the event goes on until late, kids and adults alike can enjoy the celebrations!
Bastille Day, 14th July, Méribel
Bastille Day is one of the biggest events in the French calendar! The festivities take place all over France, so it’s no surprise that it’s celebrated in Méribel.
The event quite literally starts with a bang, as fireworks are always a central part of the celebrations.
Méribel’s residents and visitors alike throw themselves into the celebrations, and Bastille Day is always surrounded by a real feeling of community spirit.
The event is steeped in history, commemorating the storming of Bastille on the 14th July 1789. Today, this history is not forgotten, but used to bring France together for a day of festivities.
Coupe de France de VTT Trial, 14th-15th July, Méribel
Cycling is popular sport that takes place in the French Alps! Summer in Méribel welcomes a biking competition known as the Coupe de France de VTT Trial.
The resort is famed for its snowy slopes that have made it one of the most popular skiing destinations in the Alps. But, this doesn’t mean winter sports are all that’s on offer!
Even after the snow disappears, Méribel’s taste for adventure remains.
Thanks to the challenging terrain and stunning scenery, it’s easy to see why the sport is so popular with those visiting the Alps.
Red Bull 400, 21st July, Courchevel
If you need more proof that the Three Valleys’ is an annual retreat for sports’-lovers and adrenaline junkies, Red Bull 400 will be returning to Courchevel on 21st July.
400m might not sound too challenging, but this distance needs to be travelled at a steep incline! So, participants need both speed and endurance.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Put it to the test!
La Madelon Fair, 21st-22nd July, Courchevel
Village fairs are synonymous with summer!
Complete with stalls, a craft market and a funfair, Courchevel’s La Madelon Fair is one you don’t want to miss! There’s something for people of all ages to do, plus a lively and infectious atmosphere.
From crafts’ exhibitions to wood workshops, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first!
Plum KV, 4th August, Courchevel
Courchevel doesn’t allow its challenging terrain to go to waste in the summer months!
Starting at Courchevel Le Praz, Plum KV is a 5km race complete with a 1000m vertical drop. Suitable for amateurs and experts, the race is sure to put all participants through their paces.
Starting at 7pm, those who take part will be grateful of the cooler temperature. But, this doesn’t mean it will be easy!
Festival Baroque de Tarentaise, 4th August, Courchevel
The Festival Baroque de Tarentaise celebrates the music of 17th century England. While baroque music isn’t famed for its popularity among a modern audience, this event makes it appealing to all.
Complete with actors, live music and dramatic performances, this festival is undeniably entertaining. Why not educate your taste in music?
Fishing Contest, 5th August, Courchevel
Love fishing? Why not try and win prizes for your abilities?
Fishing is an entertaining and family-friendly summer activity, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by organisers of the Fishing Contest in Courchevel.
Taking place on the lake of Courchevel Le Praz, this event is a great chance to get competitive for those who fancy a low-intensity sport!
Méribel Trail, 11th-12th August, Méribel
Take advantage of Méribel’s breath-taking scenery and winding paths during the Méribel Trail!
The event features two days of running competitions and awards at the end. Méribel is home to some of the best views in the Three Valleys, which make the perfect backdrop for a race.
The Méribel Trail welcomes runners of all abilities, thanks to the variety of terrain in the resort. From 2.5km to 45km, there’s something for everyone!
If running isn’t your sport of choice, why not cheer along the participants? There’s bound to be an infectious atmosphere you don’t want to miss!
Tour de l’Avenir, 23rd August, Meribel
Dedicated to young cyclists between the ages of 19-22, the Tour de l’Avenir is an international cycling race.
In summer, the Alps become home to many different cycling events, and the Tour de l’Avenir is just one of them. It’s easy to see why they’re so popular, with a stunning backdrop and terrain that suits all abilities.
The race makes a stop in Méribel, where spectators can cheer the racers as they go by. It’s up to you to create an atmosphere that encourages the participants to keep going!
So, if you love watching sports, or want to see the Alps transform into a cyclist’s haven, make sure you don’t miss this event.
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