ACTIVITIES AT LES GENTIANETTES
Recharge your batteries in our hotel, which is ideally located at an altitude of 1050m. Daytime temperatures are mild and the cooler night air is perfect for a good night's sleep between lake and mountains. There are plenty of activities to choose from, including walking, electric cycling, mountain biking, tree top adventures, the Fantasticable zip wire and even diving in the region's many lakes. Whatever you like doing and regardless of what shape you are in, there's bound to be something for you.
A good reason to choose Les Gentianettes: the Portes-du-Soleil Multipass.
The Multipass is provided on request as soon as you arrive and gives you discounted access to various facilities (skating rink, tennis courts, climbing walls) and free ski lift/bus trips during your stay at Les Gentianettes. Only available from accommodation providers who, like Les Gentianettes, have signed up to this local scheme.
SURPRISING ACTIVITIES IN THE ABONDANCE VALLEY
Fantasticable summer/winter: zip wire with speeds of 100kmh - amazing!
Ice driving circuit, winter: ice driving experience and tests. Hold on tight, it's very slippery!
DOWNHILL SKIING, A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES
Le Crêt Béni is the perfect ski domain for families and is within walking distance of the hotel (500m away), although if you prefer, you can also use the free shuttle bus service or take your car (free parking). It is a calm and friendly domain, ideal for learning the basics of skiing and snowboarding and gradually progressing with the help of the French Ski School in La Chapelle d’Abondance, which offers a wide range of lessons…
The start of the Braitaz sector (900m from the hotel) is accessible by bus or car (free parking) and is the gateway to the Portes-du-Soleil skiing area. The cable car will carry you to an altitude of 1400m, from where you can join the Swiss resort of Torgon, and then Châtel, thus giving you access to all 600km of slopes. It takes a full day for experienced skiers to reach Avoriaz, as long as they don't lose their way!
Châtel Linga (6km from the hotel) is accessible by bus or car (free parking). State of the art facilities, high-flow chairlifts and a dense network of snow cannons. Guaranteed skiing whatever the conditions with plenty of different gradients and changes in altitude.
Good idea: skiing by night. By-night sessions are organised every Thursday evening until 9pm at the Linga stadium.
Buy your passes online as early as possible to get the best prices.
The plain, just 100 metres away from the hotel, is within easy walking distance and so is ideal for cross-country and biathlon skiing. Other activities include husky sledging, horse and carriage rides and walking, with trails groomed for easier pushchair access. There is also a ski kindergarten, the "Piou Piou club", for children from the age of four, where La Chapelle d'Abondance French Ski School helps children to get used to skiing equipment and learn about the skiing environment. The nursery is just next to the ski kindergarten, which can provide a lunchtime meal and supervision if you want make the most of your day.
By-night sessions are organised at the cross-country skiing stadium every Wednesday evening.
There are also plenty of hilly trails to explore on snowshoes or cross country skis.
The varied and rich terrain stretching out from an altitude of 1000m to 2432m above sea level around La Chapelle d'Abondance at the heart of the Portes-du-Soleil region, provides plenty of opportunities for everyone to experience the mountains in their own way.