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Arc 1950, heading for its 20th birthday, is set in the foothills of some of Europe’s best terrain for hiking, biking, and high alpine lakes. Its car-free village centre offers charming pedestrian piazzas and brightly coloured Savoie facades, perfect for a family summer holiday in the Alps.

Arc 1950 opens for summer adventures on 8th  July 2023.

Framing Mont Blanc, all accommodation lies moments from all the action, making Arc 1950 the ideal destination for young families this summer. A parade of entertainment lines the streets, from ping-pong tables, slack lines, trampolines, sandpits, bouncy castles to an adventure playground and tennis courts. White water rafting, canyoning, high ropes courses, zip wires and Via Ferrata all await excited little legs in search of big adventures.


Throughout the summer, Family Fun Wednesdays will provide a day of festivities each week dedicated to family entertainment. Art & graffiti workshops, mountain & biking festivals, themed pirate & voyager days will set Arc 1950 alive. The programme will run as follows:

12 July – Arc 150 Summer Camp including art workshops, acrobranch, treasure hunt & a campfire.

19 July – Mountain Festival celebrating the heritage of the mountains.

26 July – Wild West – explore America’s great west with the Artuman tribe.

2 August – Take a day trip with the Voyagers through Egypt, an archipelago and the railway.

9 August – Freestyle 1950 – explore urban art, graffiti workshops and mountain biking street shows.

16 August – Mountain Festival Take 2

23 August – Explore the world of pirates with the Artuman tribe.

30 August – A day of crazy challenges with a mechanical sweeper, interactive speed arena and Ninja champion wall.

Meanwhile, Festive Thursdays promise to light up village life in the square with weekly concerts and shows, set against the backdrop of Mont Blanc.

Les Arcs Music Festival also returns for a stream of entertainment from 16 – 28 July.


Let the professionals take care of the mini adventurers with a NEW outdoor sports camp. Yeti Camp introduces 3 – 12-year-olds to archery, mountain survival skills, hiking, zip wiring, mountain biking, golf and scooting. Over 12’s will also be entertained by Teenage Sports Outdoor Weeks sampling rafting, climbing, Electric and Downhill Mountain Biking.


Book a stay of five nights or more in Arc 1950 and receive one free Outdoor Pass per person, giving access to a choice of three activities from the following: Step, Fitness or Zumba class, Nordic walking, hiking or mountain biking and archery, golf archery or archery tag.


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Six of the Best Hidden Summer Chalets from OVO Network 

Six of the Best Hidden Summer Chalets from OVO Network 

Exclusive Chalet Rental Specialist, OVO Network, boasts over 150 high-end chalets across the French and Swiss Alps – including the Aravis, Espace Diamant, Evasion Mont Blanc, Grand Massif, Chamonix Mont Blanc and for the first time this summer, in the Valais, Switzerland.

OVO Network has selected six of these chalets, for their stunning, off the beaten track alpine locations -perfect for a summer get-away. 

Louis Andrews, Director of OVO Network comments, “The Alps are no longer just for winter holidays. Almost every alpine village offers an incredible range of summer activities, from hiking and cycling to wild swimming and paddle boarding.

“Between 2018 and 2022 our summer business has grown by 49%, as holidaymakers look to escape the city and busy beach resorts and try somewhere a little different. Here they get a mountain escape where they can completely ‘switch off’, be close to nature and try sports and activities that offer special memories such as paragliding, canyoning or following in the tracks of the Tour de France.

“All of our chalets offer plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy precious family time. Our owners pride themselves on the facilities they provide for their guests – everything from hot tubs and cinema rooms to swimming pools are on offer. And for those guests that have to work during their holiday, many of our properties offer dedicated work spaces.”


Guests at Chalet Victorina, set in secluded woodland, can enjoy sleek and ultra modern living with upscale alpine style, against a palate of slate greys. Six bedrooms, sleeping 12, arranged over two floors offer surrounding views of the Aravis mountains, allowing unlimited adventure as you step outside the front door. 5km from the village of Le Giettaz, this is a luxury chalet that offers great value for money in a beautiful, secluded location.

OVO Network offers 7 nights self-catering rental from 1990 euros at Chalet Victorina from 24th June [sleeps 12].


At the top of a hill, between Saint Gervais and Les Contamines, chalet facilities do not get much better than at the vast Beau Caillou, where a hot tub, sauna and summer pool await. Up to 14 guests [11 adults] are accommodated across five sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms. Soak up the warm summer rays while enjoying breakfast on the sun terrace, before discovering the Baroque footpath – a 20km trail from Combloux to Les Contamines-Montjoie, passing some of the finest Baroque buildings in the Alps.  Superfast Wi-Fi access at this chalet provides a great base to work and relax and there are also Cool for Kids facilities including table tennis and children’s games, as well as a cinema room and pétanque court.

OVO Network offer 7 nights self-catering rental at Chalet Beau Caillou from 5990 euros from 17th June.


High up on the Beauregard Plateau, 10km above La Clusaz and just 35 minutes from Annecy, Chalet Sisar is a short hop from unlimited watersports on the cleanest lake in Europe. Swim, boat, paddleboard on the turquoise waters of Lake Annecy, or relax at the chalet with its south facing terrace and fabulous views of the Aravis peaks. Guests are accommodated over five gorgeous bedrooms and four bathrooms and its incredible location perched on the side of the mountain, means guests can really get away from it all. A perfect base for the La Clusaz Summer Yoga Festival, 6-9th July 2023.

OVO Network offer 7 nights self-catering rental at Chalet Sisar from 2590 euros from 1st July. [Sleeps12]


Just 30 minutes from Verbier, Chalet Cinq Moutons is set in a terraced garden with its own organic edible summer kitchen – guests are free to pick, consume or cook all produce. A glacial river weaves its way along the foot of the garden, past unique sculptures and through alpine forest.  Spend a day exploring part of the 170km famous Mont Blanc Trail and return to the seven-bedroom Chalet Cinq Moutons, which is ideal for mixed generation groups with plenty of space for all as well as facilities including a gym, sauna and sunken indoor hot tub. Enjoy close by events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival from 30th  June – 15th  July and the Verbier classical music festival from 14th  – 30th July.

OVO Network offer 7 nights self-catering rental at Chalet Cinq Moutons from 5,990 euros from 22nd July [Sleeps 16] 


Chalet Lomatika sits just above Lake Annecy, with 360-degree views of the crystal turquoise waters. Expansive gardens, a Nordic bath and a vast dining terrace are just some of the delights on offer here, where Scandi vibes meet French flair. Sleeping eight guests over four bedrooms, guests can experience lakeside life at Chalet Lomatika, a 2km stroll from the nearest beach and jetty, while being in a secluded, not-overlooked location. Cyclists can bike the ‘Voie Verte’, green path, which passes in front of the chalet and runs along the length of the lake to the old town of Annecy.

OVO Network offer 7 nights self-catering rental at Chalet Lomatika from 3231 euros from 24th June.


Large, stunning Chalet Happyview, located above the picture postcard village of Le Grand Bornand, leaves no expense spared with a sunken pool, luxurious home cinema, gym and sauna. Sleeping up to 23 guests, over eight bedrooms, this chalet is perfect for several families looking for a summer alps escape. Le Grand Bornand has all the outdoor activities you would expect; a climbing school, via ferrata routes, mountain biking, canyoning and paragliding, as well as a fantastic outdoor swimming pool complex, tennis courts and lovely river for picnics. The village is also host to the international children’s festival “Au Bonheur des Mômes “ from 20th to 25th August – a week of magic shows, circus acts, theatre, games and workshops with a firework finale.

OVO Network offer 7 nights self-catering rental at Chalet Happyview from 8,690 euros from 8th July.


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Summer News from the Belleville Valley 2023

Summer News from the Belleville Valley 2023

From the village of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to the high ridges of Val Thorens and to the crystal-clear waters of Les Menuires, never has there been a better time to discover the flower laden mountain pastures and snow-capped peaks of the Vallée des Belleville, in the French Alps. 

ALPINE SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS 2023 – see full press kit for more details.


Amateur racers go head-to-head  – handmade, motor-less vehicles, judged for their aesthetic, speed and handling, careering down mountain roads and paths – a feast for the eyes awaits! With three soap box races to enjoy this summer, soak up the atmosphere at these three locations:  

02 July – Saint Martin de Belleville

14 July – Les Menuires

13 August – Val Thorens 

Entry: €20 for one race or €50 for all three


Located in the heart of the charming Nant Brun Valley, lies a namesake refuge hideaway at 1,500m. Closed for four years, two friends have renovated this labour of love into an unmistakable bolthole. Stay the night or drop by to wine and dine, during a day of trail hiking or biking. Prices from xx


The new state of the art Hotel Higalik “ice house” in Les Menuires wows guests with a vast spa complex, set against commanding views over the breath-taking peaks. Le Telemark restaurant serves selected cheese specialities and a refined brasserie menu. Arranged over 10 floors, this Alpine jewel blends modernity and traditional wooden design harmoniously into the landscape and opens for it’s first summer in Les Menuires.

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This summer sees the opening of the luxurious Hameau de Kamir Residence on 8th July. Inspired by the colours of the Kashmir region, this family focussed apartment hotel of unsurpassed luxury invites guests to relax and unwind in the pool, sauna and spa, with unparalleled views of the surrounding spectacular mountain range of Val Thorens. 

Namaste! Hameau de Kashmir are hosting “Altitude Yoga” sessions on the terrace each Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon for 15 euros per session. 


Bellville’s first microbrewery tempts visitors from across the globe in Le Chatelard. Housed within a former goat farm, owners *Julien and Sophie proudly showcase their collection, from “La Masse” (brown beer), “La Belleville” (a golden, light blonde version) to Le Thorens (pale ale with citrus notes). The niche “Brava Vela” brewery began life with Julien creating ales using his mother’s old cooking pot. With 97% of all ingredients being locally sourced, this microbrewery is making a name for itself on the world brewer’s map.  Images


Sample the delights of Brava Vela* and a host of other local producers at the Craft Beer Festival in St. Martin de Belleville from 15 – 16 July, with workshops, demonstrations, tastings and a competition to discover the finest craft beer. 


Tots, tweens and teens will thrive this summer in the natural bike park at La Croisette, modelled on terrain found in the mountains. This mini bike park consists of 4 trail levels (green, blue, red and black). Dedicated to beginners, the park features moguls, arches and small jumps to build confidence and speed with ease. 

Meanwhile, a new skate park has opened in Preyerand. Free and open to all, this high alpine delight at 1,800m features steps, rails, slides and pyramids for high kicks. 



Les Menuires plays host to the Mountain Bike French Cup this summer from 18 – 20 August. The best French cross-country and downhill riders meet to battle it out across technical and dramatic terrain. 


Les Menuires and the Belleville Valley are set to host the French River Trout Fishing Championships from 9 – 10 September. Fishing enthusiasts from across France work in pairs to battle it out for the highest catch of the day.  All fish are released at the end of the competition and hooks are barbless. 


Take a seat for the evening of a lifetime on 27 July, where guests are indulged with a 3* Michelin starred tasting and wine pairing menu, to the unsurpassed musical charm of world-renowned Cellist Ophelie Gaillard. 

Tickets from: €390, email: 



Having spent 12 years working as a beekeeper for an industrial conglomerate, Kelly returned to the traditional side of the profession in France. Operating closely with the Conservancy, working to safeguard the European dark bee, Kelly is aiming to re-establish the bee’s genetics and ensure its safeguarding in the Belleville Valley. 

Every Friday, Kelly offers tours and discovery workshops to raise public awareness for this fragile species.


Julien, a former restaurateur and Sophie, a former scientist, joined forces to embark on a brewing love story. Julien has been brewing his own ales for 10 years in his cellar with his mother’s old cooking pot. Turning this project into reality, following training courses to hone their skills, the goal is to combine art and science to create high quality, memorable brews. 

The launch of Brava Vela is the culmination of beers brewed with love at 1,400m. 


Chef Martial Vuillemin creates homemade, local and ethical ice creams and sorbets, with full control over all aspects of traceability. The cows graze on luscious pasture at 2,000m and the milk is churned into sumptuous scoops without any use of pesticides, colouring or artificial flavouring. Martial’s latest mission is to develop savoury sorbet recipes using herbs from the doorstep. 

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Val Gardena receives GSTC certificate for sustainable tourism

Val Gardena receives GSTC certificate for sustainable tourism

Val Gardena’s commitment to sustainability has now been confirmed by the GSTC certification (Global Sustainable Tourism Council).

Val Gardena is a popular holiday destination in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has now obtained a certificate, recognised all over the world, confirming its sustainable tourism efforts. This means it commits to applying the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards. Obtaining this certification is by no means a final result, rather the official start of a broader project that focuses on environmental protection, social responsibility, and hospitality for an increasingly sustainable tourism.

In 2020, a working group consisting of different stakeholders, including professional associations and members of Val Gardena’s three municipalities, was founded under the motto “Respect the Dolomites”. Its aim was to raise awareness about sustainability among the valley’s guests and residents through events and various initiatives. It includes sporting events such as the Sellaronda Bike Day, the valorisation of local crafts with the ‘Made in – DOLOMITES Val Gardena – with LOVE’ label, waste management, spring water with the ‘Ega dla Dolomites’ project, the protection of mountain pastures, paths and grazing livestock, the use of clean energy from hydroelectric sources, and, in general, mobility, with the Val Gardena Mobile Card, charging stations for electric vehicles and the use of e-bikes.

To highlight this commitment, Val Gardena/Gröden started following the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards, and its choice was rewarded with the certification from 08.03.2023.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an organisation founded in 2007 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote sustainability and social responsibility in tourism. The certificate is awarded in Italy by Vireo, the only GSTC- accredited body in Italy. The audit is carried out based on specific methods, procedures and timeframes, which guarantees the entire system’s unbiased approach and trustworthiness. During the process, Vireo’s auditors visited and talked with various institutions and companies to assess whether the required criteria were met.

In addition to the criteria required by GSTC for tourist destinations, Val Gardena aims to reach tangible goals by 2026. These include creating a mobility centre which will develop projects for car-free and accessible connections; reducing traffic on mountain passes (Gardena Pass and Sella Pass) by 20%; expanding bicycle paths on the mountain passes by 20%; increasing arrival on public transport by 10 to 15%; double e-charging stations; expanding renewable energy sources for businesses by 25%; reducing printed material and use of plastic by 20%.
The formation of verifiable climate concepts and their implementation is the mission.

Moreover, Val Gardena is working with the province of South Tyrol on the “Klimaland Südtirol” and the “KlimaPlan Energie – Südtirol 2050” initiatives to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the Paris Agreement climate goals. South Tyrol’s largest source of CO2 emissions come from transport: more than 40% of fossil fuel emissions, mostly caused by private cars, which in turn results in heavy traffic, especially at certain times of the year.

The Val Gardena Mobility Centre was founded to tackle this matter, and its primary task is to solve traffic issues. Public transport will become the tool used to monitor and control traffic, while leveraging bus and lift connections will create alternatives to private transport.
Let’s promote the “Stay longer, dive deeper” long-term holiday concept for our guests. Each extra, car-free day reduces arrival and departure traffic, thus markedly reducing emissions.

Other sustainable projects will, among other things, also ensure adequate mobility solutions should the valley host the 2029 World Ski Championships.

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Suinsom located at the Hotel Tyrol in Selva has become the third hot spot in Val Gardena to be awarded a Michelin star, the highest accolade within gastronomy.

Michelin starred young chef Alessandro Martellini operates tirelessly to create a delicate menu to spark the senses, dominated by the spirit of the mountains in two beautiful ‘stuben’, where 200-year-old wood lines the panelled dining rooms inside the Hotel Tyrol. Suinsom, meaning ‘at the summit’ offers gourmet cuisine combining local ingredients with a modern twist.

Val Gardena sits within the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the legendary Sellaronda – one of the best known ski circuits in the world – where ultra-modern lift facilities allow access to 500km of ski slopes, 115km of cross country ski trails and 30km of winter hiking paths. Together the three villages of Ortisei (1,236m), Saint Cristina (1,428m) and Selva Val Gardena (1,563m) create a vast snow bowl.

Memorable dining experiences are on offer with 65 mountain lodges scattered across the slopes of Val Gardena. Val Gardena promises a gastronomic adventure ranging from traditional alpine to highly sophisticated plates, with a south Tyrolean influence. From gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, apres ski, special evening ‘hutte’ meals, there is a hut to suit!



Feast in one of Val Gardena’s many unforgettable mountain lodges and restaurants, boasting some of the most sought after alpine cuisine in the world, five of which feature in the famous Michelin Guide:

 NEW FOR 22 Suinsom at the Hotel Tyrol, Selva* Michelin starred

Young chef Alessandro Martellini operates tirelessly to create a delicate menu to spark the senses, dominated by the spirit of the mountains.

 Le Stuben, Alpenroyal Gourmet * Michelin starred

The skilful Mario Porcelli from Puglia successfully combines nostalgic flavours from his native region with distinct Alpine influences, using sophisticated techniques.

 Anna Stuben, Ortisei * Michelin starred

Reimund Brunner creates sophisticated plates with a firm focus on local Alpine produce.

 Nives Michelin recommended

A mountain style dining room with an unforgettable gastronomic experience, where modern fare is served with regional ingredients.

 Chalet Gerard – Michelin recommended

Overlooking the Sella mountains and Sassolungo peak, this is the perfect piste-side location to while away the hours, serving high-class traditional cuisine. Doubling as a guesthouse, this chalet boasts a sauna, fitness studio and hot tub.


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Summer News 2022 from the Belleville Valley

Located between 1,200 and 3,200 meters above sea level, the Vallée des Belleville with its flower filled meadows rises up to snow-capped peaks, from the authentic village of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to the lakes of Les Menuires, the green meadows give way to the blue colours of the glaciers and the peaks of Val Thorens.

Discover these three unique and contrasting areas via the free shuttle buses and lifts accessible to all, making trips between each resort extremely easy. Explore the valley by its many trail paths or by a mountain bike – find the secret valleys of Deux Nants and Les Encombres or discover the Belleville traditions.

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New La Masse lift

The new Pointe de la Masse cable car is 3,318m long and covers a height gain of 1,050m at a speed of 7m/s or more than 25km/h. It is one of the longest in the Vallée des Belleville, but also one of the fastest in France and only the second one of its kind in the country. Hikers can go up to the top in less than 8 minutes and enjoy incredible views and hikes. Open from 9th July 2022

New eMTB bike track – ‘Via 3 Vallees’

This new cycling track is 34 km long and is asphalted from Courchevel to Val Thorens, passing by Méribel and Les Menuires. It’s both accessible to families on electric bikes and other riders on normal mountain bikes. It is dedicated to cyclists and stays away from hiking paths. One section is still to be completed, this new track opens for summer 2022 for bikers to experience the ‘Via 3 Vallees’. The whole valley offers 260km of bike tracks, with a new training area at La Croisette, ‘The Ludizone’ in Les Menuires.

Explore Vallee des Encombres

Relatively unknown, the Vallée des Encombres is accessible by mountain bike or on foot solo or with a guide.  When leaving Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, head towards the Châtelard hamlet, with its tiny, winding alleys and renovated chalets. Stop at the Gittamelon refuge in the hamlet at 1700m, this family chalet turned refuge is one of the last private refuges in the Alps.  A typical mountain hut, it sleeps 18 and belonged to the grand-parents of Marc Jay, the current guardian who has run it along with his wife Anne-Sophie since 1993.  The last ascent leads to the summit of the Col des Encombres at 2,325m with 360° views of the Ecrins massif and the high summits of the Vanoise National Park.

Tarentaise Baroque Music Festival at La Bouitte in Saint Martin de Belleville

La Bouitte – a 3 Michelin star Belleville restaurant, hosts the 31st edition of the Tarentaise Baroque Music Festival. The Vallée des Belleville is a hotspot for alpine baroque architecture – with 36 chapels and churches -enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner accompanied by music performed by soprano, Maria Cristina Kiehr, and harpsichordist Jean-Marc Aymes from Concerto Soave.  Chefs René and Maxime Meilleur have a great rapport with the musicians who will taste each dish a few minutes before the guests, and then play music which takes into account the emotions that the food evokes. It is a true musical, culinary and wine focused experience.

Glacier hike and the Three Lakes circuit

From the top of the new La Masse lift, after a fast eight minute ascent to 2,804m enjoy a 3hr 30 descent, via the Three Lakes Circuit taking in the Longet Lake, Black Lake and Crintalia Lake. From the heart of the Vallée des Belleville, you are surrounded by majestic alpine peaks that are reflected in roughly 15 mountain lakes spread out in this exceptional area.  Enjoy breathtaking scenery in the Lou Valley. Or take a guided day walk above Val Thorens to the Chavière glacier.

Kilbert Silvestre and the Black Honey Bee

Born in the Vallée des Belleville, Kilbert is a mountain guide and ski patrol member in winter and has been a beekeeper in La Biellaz since 2006. His grandparents already had beehives in Saint Marcel when he was just a boy, so the interest came naturally. He has been fighting to protect the black bee in Savoie. It is now threatened by hybridisation waves, a phenomenon that makes bees more fragile and less resistant. He also owns a hundred production beehives in the Vallée des Belleville and participates in a project to breed queens which allows him to give local beekeepers in the valley an isolated strain of black bees.  The beehives are kept with respect to the bee’s life, so the honey is harvested with care and sold in shops of the actual producers and in local Vallée des Belleville markets. You can visit his “honey house” in la Biellaz with the Bureau des Guides.

Key Diary Dates:

  • Every Monday: Solar workshops at the top of the Cime du Caron at 3200m
  • 1-3 July 2022: Ultra Cycling Tour de la Vanoise – Team or solo long distance cycling event
  • 16 July 2022: Craft Beer Festival, Saint Martin de Belleville
  • 28 July 2022: Dinner & Concert at La Bouitte, Saint Martin de Belleville
  • 30 July & 20 August The Tougnete Climb – depart Croisette @1800m to bike to 2304m
  • 5-7 August 2022: Val Tho Summit Games: Trail Running for all ages, Val Thorens


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