2018 News and events

Summer in the mountains is your chance to make the most of the great outdoors and get active. Climbing up, going down, flying, swimming, riding…there’s something for everyone, whether you love watching sport or taking part.


Discover the sporting highlights that will be taking place this summer in the mountains. Whether you compete, or come to provide your support as a spectator, you can expect a great adrenaline-fuelled show.

Swimming, running and running: the major triathlons

Xterra – Gérardmer
30 June to 1 July 
  • Xterra discovery: 500m swim / 20km (600m uphill) MTB / 6km (160m uphill) trail run
  • Xterra France: 1,500m swim / 40km (1,200m uphill) MTB / 10km (320m uphill) trail run
Altriman - Les Angles
6 – 8 July
A major sporting weekend with 3 days of triathlon events for all levels, including the ALTRIMAN - a triathlon in the Pyrenean mountains with a 3.8km swim, a 200km bike ride and a 42km run. More than 1,200 competitors are expected to attend.
Alpe d’Huez Time Triathlon
30 July – 3 August 
  • Duathlon: 6.5 km run, 15 km cycle - including the ride up to Alpe d'Huez, followed by a 2.5 km run at altitudes of more than 2,000 metres.
  • Short distance triathlon: 1.2km swim, 28km bike ride including the ride up to Alpe d'Huez, followed by a 6.7km (110m uphill) run at altitudes of more than 2,000 metres.
  • Long distance triathlon: 2.2km swim, 118km bike ride including the Col d’Ornon, the Col de Malissol and the ride up to Alpe d’Huez, and a 20km (340m uphill) run at altitudes of more than 2,000 metres.
Triathlon de La Madeleine – St François Longchamp
25 August
Particularly challenging, the Triathlon de la Madeleine pitches itself as France’s most mountainous triathlon in S and M Distances!
  • S route: 700m swim, 20km bike ride (1,200m uphill) and 4.5km run (100m uphill)
  • M route: 1,300m swim, 53km bike ride (2,200m uphill), 7km run (150m uphill)
International triathlon - Gérardmer 
1 and 2  September  
  • Discovery triathlon: 500m swim – 20km bike ride – 5km run
  • Olympic distance triathlon: 1.5km swim – 40km bike ride – 10km run
  • XL Triathlon: 1.9km swim – 90km bike ride – 21km run

Climb up and fly over the mountaintops

5th Origin'ailes Paragliding Festival - Praz de Lys Sommand
30 June to 1 July
Known as the "birthplace of paragliding", Mieussy plays host to the Origin'Ailes paragliding Festival & French Championships! To celebrate 40 years of paragliding, there will be a sky diving exhibition, amateur competition, activities and entertainment, free shuttlebuses... Refreshments available on site.
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World Climbing Championships – Serre Chevalier
15 to 21 July
The world climbing championships - THE mountain event of the summer will be held in Briançon Serre Chevalier from the 15th to the 21st of July 2018. Join the best international climbers for a mega celebration!

Swing into resort: time for a round of golf

Masters Golf and Poker – Les Gets
8 July
This unique and original competition mixes a Stableford golf competition with a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament. The golf score that a player receives in the morning determines the number of chips they get in the poker tournment in the afternoon. The person who wins the poker tournament is declared winner of the Masters.
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Les Gets Vintage golf Cup – Les Gets
12 August
This unique event invites golfers and non-golfers to take a step back in time. Highlights include an introduction to the sport for beginners and a scramble competition in teams of 2 for experienced golfers. All those who wish to revisit the elegance of the glamorous outfits of yesteryear for the day are very welcome.
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Outdoor festivals

Outdoor Festival – Les 2 Alpes
22 to 25 June
Discover a wealth of disciplines, including MTB, trail running, paragliding, street golf, skiing, snowboarding... Many brands will be in attendance in the vast exhibition held Les 2 Alpes resort centre.
Beginner sessions: climbing, yoga, slackline, golf...
As well as concerts, entertainment, guest stars, equipment tests...
Melting-sports festival – Chamrousse
18 and 19 August
Free beginner sessions and demos of unusual sports like dirt MTB, skate, slackline, longboard, scooter, crazy jump, zip lines, paragliding (subject to weather conditions)
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As well as  :

Spartan Race – Morzine
7 and 8 July
European Championships: Getting across a high altitude lake, climbing dizzyingly steep slopes, jumping into natural waterfalls, crossing high alpine pastureland, white water river swimming…. Challenging and spectacular events.
Ski Jumping World Cup– Courchevel
10 -11 August
The Ski Jumping World Cup is the major sporting event of the summer in Courchevel. It gives visitors the opportunity to admire the world’s best athletes in the spectacular discipline of ski jumping, whilst enjoying aerial and sports shows, activities and entertainment for 2 days. This year, the exceptional resort of Courchevel will welcome the French Acrobatic Patrol, the Rafale fighetr aircraft and the French Air Force Aerial Aerobatics team (EVAA) for a unqiue mountain air show!
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