The Tony Estanguet of the Alps
Kayaking, like mountain biking or trail running, is a real outdoor sport: fulfilling, jubilant, demanding. As always, La Plagne is only too willing to help. For kayakers, the Isère is undeniably one of the rivers to “tick off”, so why not try it? You can progress from beginner to advanced level step by step, starting on calm water, then on a section of the Isère and finishing in the foaming rapids!
A calm start
When you start kayaking, it’s reassuring to be in calm water: learning to steer the boat, feel the movement of the water and follow a line. Minimum age 6 and able to swim. The sessions are organised on the lake at the Versants d’Aime activity park.
All pumped up
Then comes the moment when you have to plunge into the river! An inflatable kayak, also known as an airboat, has certain advantages: it’s light, unsinkable and more stable, so it’s perfect for beginners who will be able to control it easily and gain the confidence they need to throw themselves into the river. The minimum age is 12, but the most important thing is to have an instructor to supervise you while you learn.
Ready for a real descent
So now you are ready! With your helmet, paddle and life jacket under your arm, you are a true kayaker. And not just any kayaker, since you are going down the Isère, one of the Alps’ legendary rivers, passing through the Centron gorges, surfing on the rapids and having fun on a river that flows directly from the glaciers of the Tarentaise.