What to bring, what to wear and what to expect!

With so many different activities on offer in the Alps during the summer season, it’s easy to see why holidays in the mountains are the new big thing in travel. Road cycling, mountain biking, lake swimming, triathlon training, golfing, fell running and even fishing can be found on our doorstep here at White Valley Lodge. Our summer guests have an action-packed adventure awaiting them.

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But what to wear? It’s a question our summer guests always ask! We’ve prepared a handy Alpine summer holiday packing guide for you.


1 – Forget the forecast

Whilst it’s relatively easy to predict the winter weather forecast (it’ll be cold!), consulting the summer forecast for the Alps before you travel will inveriably prove pointless. Summer weather in the Alps is very changable, with blazing hot sunny mornings changing to spectacular mid-afternoon thunderstorms followed by warm, glowing sunsets. We recommend plenty of lightweight, thin layers that you can stuff into a rucksack as you head off into the hills. We love these ladies summer Gore-Tex jackets from Arc’Teryx.

2 – It’s all about the shoes

If the idea of slipping on a pair of walking boots sends shivvers down your beautifully manucured toes, worry not. Although essential, especially if you’re planning on exploring the beautiful local walking routes around White Valley Lodge, walking shoes are no longer clunky, brown and ugly. We’re fans of these North Face walking shoes as they double up as trail running trainers too! Of course you’ll also need a pair of flip-flops for afternoons spent sun bathing on our wrap-around lodge balcony!

3 – Swimwear Essentials

We’re surrounded by beautiful Alpine lakes here at White Valley Lodge. Just a short walk along the valley you’ll find the beautiful Lac Mins d’Or, whilst nearby Lake Montriond is the perfect spot for a refreshing dip. There’s also SUP boards to hire too! Slightly further afield, the larger lakes of Annecy and Geneva also play host to a range of different activities such as wakeboarding, canoeing and diving. Of course you’ll need an appropriate swimwear to cover all bases and this Sweaty Betty suit fits the bill perfectly!

4 – The Rucksack

Heading into the hills for a day spent admiring Alpine peaks invariably means you’ll need to carry some kit with you. Essentials include water, energy snacks and a spare pair of socks! We think this Fjallraven foldsack is more stylish and practical than its high-vis rivals and it’s guaranteed to be a trusty companion in the mountains.

5 – Stay mobile

If you (like us) like to snap away on your phone while on holiday, it’s a smart idea to make sure you don’t run out of battery life while in the mountains. We’re big fans of Jackery, a portable charging device for your iPhone or Android device. The small, light-weight power pack sits in your pocket and attaches to your phone using your existing power cable when you need it, giving you a full charge in super-quick time.