The Best Times of Year to Travel to the French Alps

April 23, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2015

Whether you are planning on visiting the Alps for a winter snow holiday, a walking holiday to photograph Alpine flowers or a family summer activity holiday, the weather and local conditions can make or break your trip. Here are a few tips to make the most of the different seasons in the Alps.


The winter snow starts to melt around April time, starting at the lower altitudes and gradually working it’s way up to around 3000m by June. In general the last snowfalls happen around the end of April but you can be surprised with a dump, even at low altitudes in May. This is a spectacular time of year as the first flowers come out, the hibernating animals wake up and the rivers are full to bursting with white water rapids.

It is ideal for walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers, flower and nature enthusiasts and kayakers, rafters and other white water sport lovers. The optimum month for these activities is around June. The weather is usually quite warm but not too hot, and enough snow will have melted for the rivers and flowers to be in their prime. June is also the month where the majority of the high road cycling cols are officially cleared for cycling.

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