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10 of the Coolest Activities in the Alps

Discover some of the coolest activities the Alps have to offer.

Published at: 12 Oct 2021
Last updated at: 9 Nov 2023

Discover some of the coolest activities the Alps have to offer, from the exhilarating experience of ice driving to majestic helicopter tours around the world-famous Matterhorn, these activities are sure to get your heart racing.

Alicia Bryan
Alicia Bryan

1. Peak Walk by Tissot, Gstaad

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Glacier 3000 Peak Walk by Tissot in WinterPhoto: Glacier 3000

The longest suspension bridge in the world to connect two mountain peaks, the Peak Walk by Tissot is located on the Glacier 3000 in Switzerland.

At 107 metres long, this 80-centimetre wide bridge offers a breathtaking vista of world-famous mountains, including Mont-Blanc, the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. Open year-round, traversing the Peak Walk is sure to get your heart racing during your visit to the Swiss Alps.

2. Bun J Ride, Tignes

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Skier in Tignes on the Bun J RidePhoto: Andy Parant

A combination of ski jumping, bungee jumping and a zip wire, the Bun J Ride ski jump in Tignes is the perfect activity for the adrenaline seekers of the group. Following the attachment of two elasticated mobile bungee cords to a harness around your waist, you will travel down a 30m runway then jump into a 40m abyss.

The bungee cords will provide security and follow your trajectory and once the system has locked, it is then time to zoom down the zip wire to the ground.

3. Ice Driving, Val Thorens

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Ice driving in Val Thorens SubaruPhoto: T.Loubere OT Val Thorens

Experience driving in a whole new way this winter season at the world-famous resort of Val Thorens. Named after the racing champion Alain Prost, Val Thoren’s driving circuit is the highest in Europe at 2200 metres. With a length of 760 metres and lights to allow nighttime driving on the circuit, enjoy private lessons with individual coaching in a 2 or 4 wheel drive car.

For those wanting to sit back and relax, experience a ride from the passenger seat or enjoy taking a 570 cc engine buggy for a spin on the ice.

4. Ice Diving, Tignes

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Ice diving in TignesPhoto: Monica Dalmasso

Suitable for both beginners and experienced ice divers, the icy water of the frozen lake in Tignes is sure to take your breath away while rays of sunlight or moonlight play on the frozen surface.

Watch your air bubbles dance as you plunge under the water and enjoy the silence around you. With both daytime and evening sessions available, professional advice and guides will be on hand to help you make the most of this unique experience.

5. Ice Climbing, Meribel

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Ice waterfall nature MeribelPhoto: Sylvain Aymoz

An exhilarating sport, why not try something new and have a go at ice climbing this winter? Popular with both advanced and beginner climbers, ice climbing is regularly practised in the Three Valleys with an abundance of waterfalls and ice walls to climb.

Both Meribel and the neighbouring resort of Courchevel offer numerous ice climbing tours so you will have a vast choice of locations to choose from including summits and folds of ice. At Champagny le Haut, novice ice climbers can also get to grips with their equipment on the artificial ice wall.

6. The Gorge Alpine, Saas-Fee

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Person walking over a bridge Gorge Alpine Winter Saas-FeePhoto: SaastalTourismus AG-PuzzleMedia

Explore the wild and rugged Fee Gorge leading from Saas-Fee down to Saas-Grund with an experienced mountain guide. Pass stunning frozen waterfalls and traverse suspension bridges before climbing ladders and steel ropes.

With nature surrounding you, the highlight of the tour is the high-speed Tyrolean zip-line, as well as the cable pulleys you will experience on route.

7. Matterhorn Helicopter Tour & Heliskiing , Zermatt

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Heliskiing ZermattPhoto: Pascal Gertschen

Take in the unique beauty of the mountains from a whole other perspective. Fly high above the peaks and admire the spectacular Matterhorn from all sides with a scenic flight from Zermatt.

For fanatic skiers, what better way to explore the region than with a heliski experience taking you to the freshest powder in no time with no effort.

8. The Eagles of Leman, Morzine

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The eagles of LemanPhoto: Morzine-Avoriaz.Christian Pfahl

Experience the one of a kind concept of an animal park in a ski resort with Les Aigles du Léman. The team from the animal park offer a range of displays and activities throughout the winter season including being able to ski with eagles and lunchtime shows with free-flying birds.

A unique experience, Les Aigles du Léman allows you to observe exceptional birds with an incredible alpine backdrop.

9. Ski Joering, Meribel

Ski Joering in winter in MeribelPhoto: Sylvain Aymoz

Taking place in a majestic setting in the heart of nature, ski joering is a fun activity for all. Towed by a horse on skis, you will glide at different gaits including trotting and galloping with the pace adapted to you individually.

Suitable for those who have practised alpine skiing, a professional guide will share with you their passion for horses, as well as the mountains as you make your way through the stunning winter landscape of Meribel.

10. Night Sledging, St Anton

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St Anton at nightPhoto: TVB St. Anton am Arlberg/Wolfgang Burger

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:30 to 21:30 (weather permitting), the nighttime sledge run in St Anton provides fun for all the family. At 4.5km in length and with an elevation loss of 500m, the sledge run of St Anton is even more fun when floodlit at night.

For additional atmosphere, live music is played in the Gampen restaurant with Rodelalm located perfectly at the halfway point to stop for a hot drink to warm you up.