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Why we changed from Undiscovered Alps to Undiscovered Mountains!

It all started in 2005 when Sally, the company’s current director, founded Undiscovered Alps. Originally from Great Britain, she fell in love with the Southern French A ...

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Top 3 Winter Activities for Families in the Alps

High up in the Alps, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where the sun beams down onto the crisp white snow and the views stretch over the beautiful valleys ...

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Best Family Walks with a View in the Southern French Alps

The higher you go, the better the view - right? It is true that the hours of sweat put in to get to the top of any mountain in the Alps will undoubtedly pay off with a ma ...

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Top 3 Luxury Guest Houses in Southern French Alps

The Southern French Alps is a luxury holiday destination, especially for summer andwinter multi activity holidays. From ice climbing and igloo building in the winter to w ...

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Best Romantic Winter Activities to do in the Alps

The Alps in winter with snow-laden trees, frozen waterfalls, alpine meadows blanketed in white and pretty chocolate box villages nestled in the valleys meandering through ...

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Three of the Best Activities to do in the Alps in Autumn

In the Southern French Alps, Autumn is a time of cool, crisp mornings often disguised with a wispy mist that is gradually burnt off by the warm, autumnal sun to reveal de ...

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Go Native in the Alps and Eat Like a Local

Have you ever eaten donkeys’ ears? No? Well, neither had I until I moved to this part of the Southern French Alps, but don’t worry, it’s not what you think it ...

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The Top Three Adrenalin Activities for Teenagers

It’s well known that the teenage years can be challenging for all involved! The family holiday can be the perfect opportunity to cultivate the parent teen relationship ...

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Top Luxury Accommodation for your Alpine Activity Holiday

An alpine activity holiday is a popular holiday choice for families and for all the right reasons… doing adventurous activities together is a great way to spend quality ...

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The Best Alpine Activities for Quality Adventures with your Kids!

A child’s imagination is sacred. They can turn a toilet roll tube into anything from a telescope to spy on their siblings to an obstacle course for the fairies at the b ...

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Cross Country Skiing Revealed!

Cross country skiing is a confusing term as it is actually used by different people for a range of different sports.In effect it means using skis to travel across the sno ...

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Top tips to get best value for money on your winter family holiday in the French Alps

Unless you take your kids out of school holidays you are going to pay over the odds... TRUE or FALSE? Luckily for this year it is FALSE!!!If you’ve done your research y ...

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What to Wear for Snowshoeing in the Alps

Just because there is snow doesn’t necessarily mean it will be freezing cold. It can even be quite warm if you are snowshoeing in the springtime on a sunny day. However ...

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Why ski touring is becoming the new winter sport of choice!

The methodical ski up with it’s calming and almost meditative, dreamy effect was suddenly broken with a rush of adrenalin as I tried to master kick turns on a steep, ic ...

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What is the best age for a child to start skiing?

“I need a wee, my hands are cold, my feet are cold, I want my dummy, where’s mummy, I want a biscuit, I’m tired, can you carry me?”There seems to be a general con ...

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Cycling around the Serre Poncon Lake

The Serre Poncon lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in Westerne Europe. It is 20km long and 3 km wide and is situated on the edge of the Ecrins National park - a s ...

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Top Winter Adventures to try for New Year

If you are wondering what to do to make this New Year a special one, here are some ideas!Sleep in an Igloo:The majestic silence of the mountains at night under a clear st ...

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Top Tips for Holidaying in the French Alps

Things you should know if you are holidaying in the French Alps and probably France in general!1. Forget 24hr culture!The French like to eat a proper lunch at midday a ...

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How to Behave in a Mountain Refuge

In the Alps there is a large network of high mountain refuges providing shelter to walkers and mountaineers on their journeys into the mountains away from civilisation.So ...

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Making memories with your mates – 5 top activities to do together.

Laughing with our mates and sharing fun experiences together is a tonic for life. We store the experiences in our memory bank and little triggers will pull them out every ...

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When is the best time to book your holiday?

Holidays are where we have fun, relax, de-stress and bond with our nearest and dearest. They are one of the most important calendar entries of the year and certainly one ...

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The Virtues of Fingerless Biking Gloves

Why you should bring fingerless biking gloves on all activity holidays, even if you aren’t biking!!!Fingerless biking gloves have a leather palm for gripping on to the ...

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The History of Wolves in the Alps

At the end of the 18th century, François de Beaufort estimated that there were between three and seven thousand wolves in France. They occupied territories stretching fr ...

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Sisteron - Gateway to Provence

Sisteron is a beautiful pre-Roman town with 4000 years of recorded history. Built on the banks of the Durance River it’s referred to as the Gateway to Provence as it is ...

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Tree Climbing in the Alps

Most of us have fond childhood memories of climbing trees; negotiating the knurly branches, sitting up high in the leafy canopy of a tree with our friends and jumping bac ...

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Undiscovered Alps Top Tips for Cross-Country Mountain biking

There has been a real boom in mountain biking in Europe over the past few years. There are more and more waymarked mountain bike trails, ski resorts are opening in the su ...

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Stop-over ideas en route to the Alps

Make your annual drive down to your activity holiday in the Alps more interesting with our top tips for en route stopovers.If you are looking to make savings on your holi ...

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Ski Mountaineering - Exploring the Caves of Dévoluy on Skis!

The Heroic Crossing!!When I moved to the Devoluy 3 years ago, I would never have imagined myself skiing into one of the caverns of Devoluy and then climbing through it wi ...

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The Ultimate Cardio Challenge - A Cross Country Ski Marathon!

The 2013 Trans' Champsaurin 42km cross country ski race qualifies for my top ten most difficult physical challenges experienced so far in my 'nearly' 40 years!! I was ver ...

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Top Tips for Driving in Snow

If you are planning a trip to the Alps this winter and are hiring a car or driving your own, here are a few tips to help you keep safe in the snow.In the Alps the roads u ...

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The 100th Tour de France is coming to Gap!

The Tour de France will celebrate its centenary in style with a 2 day stop over in Gap, a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of the Southern French Alps.This 100th T ...

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Via Ferratas for Children

Using via ferratas, adults and children with no mountain or climbing experience can access exposed rock faces and cliffs normally only accessible to experienced rock clim ...

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What makes a perfect family activity holiday?

“What makes a perfect family activity holiday?” The answer to this question is as long as piece of string! Especially when you’re looking for a holiday that will pl ...

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Marmots in the Mountains

You’ll no doubt have noticed these fluffy creatures adorning the postcards of the Hautes-Alpes and their cuddly-toy counterparts welcoming you into souvenir shops with ...

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How to organise the perfect Stag and Hen Adventure Weekend.

So you’ve been honoured with the position of best man or head-bridesmaid, congratulations!!! However, after the initial elation has worn off, you realise that you are t ...

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Discover the history of the Serre Ponçon Lake in the Southern French Alps

How did a sleepy alpine community become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Alps? Read on to discover the history behind the creation of the lake at Serr ...

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A guide to Guides

So you love the great outdoors, the mountains and a good challenge. Now you want to take it to the next level, however for that you’re going to need a High Mountain Gui ...

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My First Ice Climbing Adventure in the Alps

A few years ago, I needed to repaint the exterior of the bathroom window frame, so with my partner keeping her hands on the bottom of the ladder, I ascended and began rub ...

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A Perfect Winter Mountaineering Initiation in the Alps

When Kenny, a Scot with an impressive mountaineering background, called to ask what sort of thing would be possible to do in the Alps in winter on snowshoes, it was a tri ...

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Top 5 Places to Stay in the Southern French Alps

The Southern French Alps is a large area so to narrow it down I have focused on the Champsaur valley which is on the southern edge of the Ecrins National Park. It is a be ...

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How to build an igloo or snow shelter

Snow has been used by the Inuit for its insulating properties for centuries and they are the masters of igloo building - constructing all types of snow shelters from over ...

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Where Next?

How to find other quality independent holiday companies on the web!We are based in the Southern French Alps famed for it’s great weather, wild and natural environment a ...

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Snowshoeing isn't boring!

Anyone under the illusion that snowshoeing is just a boring walk with tennis rackets strapped to their feet, slogging through monotonous snow fields, please read on... an ...

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Getting Close to Wolves

We are standing very still in the woods in a wild and remote part of the Southern French Alps listening. It is still, with not a breath of wind.Occasionally a lump of sno ...

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All About... Ski Touring

Having first been introduced to snow-capped mountains of the southern French Alps at around the age of 15, I quickly became addicted to sensation of throwing myself down ...

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Granny and Grandpa Go Ice Climbing

I used to worry about getting older and not being able to do all the things I love - mountaineering, running in the mountains, rock climbing.... .But 'getting older' is ...

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Walking in Wolf Country

Papa looking after the children, no clients and no other urgent things that need to be done... equals... whole day to walk in the mountains as I please...! I chose to ...

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Fell (Trail) Running in the Alps - The Gapencimes Trail Race

A long time ago, before children and when I lived in the UK, I used to fell run. I even once did the Saunders Mountain Marathon and came an amazing last out of the 40% of ...

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Top 10 Summer Activities in the French Alps - Part 2

Well here it is! The long awaited second part of our feature on the top 10 activities in the French Alps! Another opportunity for us to plug all of the amazing activities ...

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Top 10 Summer Activities in the French Alps - Part 1

An opportunity for us to shamelessly plug some of the fantastic activities you can do on a summer holiday with Undiscovered Mountains, but also hopefully a chance for you ...

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Honeymoon Adventures in the Alps

Is it adventure, adrenalin, intense bonding experiences...or just the romance of being in the Alps together?Over the last few years we have seen more and more newly weds ...

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Traveling to the Alps with Children – Top Train Tips

I am lucky enough to live in the Southern French Alps where we organize our Undiscovered Mountains holidays and often travel back and forth to the UKOver the last five ye ...

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Sharks in the Alps

Sale Sharks professional premiership rugby team take to the water in an unconventional pre-season training weekend. Check out our photo album of the Sale Sharks Canyonin ...

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