OCTOBER, the simple joys of discovering the mountains
Winter is just around the corner, teasing the autumn and draping a blanket of white over the mountaintops. Down below, the valley’s villages are decked out in autumn hues. But before changing into its winter coat, nature is yours for the taking; inspiring and peaceful, re-energising and beautiful. It’s time to get away from it all, to discover the freedom of these wide-open spaces. Get together to share in a unique, immersive experience as a family, making memories that will last a lifetime.
1. Listening to the call of the deer
When Mother Nature beckons in the autumn, the deer go head to head, deep within the forests. Making a hoarse cry, they attract the attention of the female deer, and intimidate potential rivals. This is rutting season, and until mid-October, the forest is filled with the sound of these calls. The deer tend to be less timid at this time of year, revealing their true splendour to quiet onlookers. At nightfall, observe the sparring stags and the dancing doe to the stunning backdrop of the Vanoise National Park, decked out in its beautiful autumn colours.
2. Paying a visit to picture-postcard mountain villages
It’s the perfect time to wander through the streets of villages that have made the valley what it is today. A gateway to the ski area, Orelle offers you the chance to discover an authentic, family-friendly village with stone walls and tile roofs, much like the beautiful, authentic village of Saint-Marcel in the Belleville Valley, which invites visitors to relax and soak up the surroundings amidst its maze of cobbled streets.
On the mountainsides above, Courchevel, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Ménuires, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Val Thorens appear in all their natural glory, far from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist seasons, for which they have become famous.
3. Getting away from it all in the October half term break
The summer has slowly evaporated with the autumn breeze, and winter has appeared before your eyes. It’s time for a break. Time to stop for a moment and enjoy the here and now, on your own, or as a family. The October half term is a chance to get together in a relaxed atmosphere, to enjoy precious quality time, at one with with this natural mountain setting.
4. The call of the first snowfall
Watching the first snowflakes fall on the mountains is such a special time. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, or simply enjoy soaking up the beauty of the surroundings, regardless of your age, the first snowfall is a sign that winter is here, bringing with it new snowsports opportunities and snowy childhood dreams.
What could be more wonderful than leaving your footprint in the freshly fallen powder... ?
5. Wide-open spaces that are yours for the taking
The mountains are still. Beautiful. Inviting you to join them, to discover them – rucksack on your back, filled with a picnic and binoculars. October is an incredible month in which to explore the region’s footpaths, as nature reveals its inner beauty, radiance and purity. It’s the best time to watch the comings and goings of marmots, as their make their final preparations before nestling down for hibernation.
Experience a total change of scenery.
As well as
Making the most of the Vanoise National Park to get away from it all on a hike or a walk
Picking tasty mushrooms
Enjoying some me-time in Brides-les-Bains’ Grand Spa Thermal
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