GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – How’s this for a quick getaway; hop a bus to Veyrier, grab the first gondola up the mountain and catch a flight on Saleve airlines.
The Etrembières based paragliding school joined the Saleve Mountain Bureau, the Saleve Tramway, Horizon Restaurant, the Maison du Saleve cultural centre, Illico Travel, Segwaygeneve, the Geneva South Port Convention Centre and the Annemasse les Voirons Tourism Office on Thursday afternoon for a mountain top exhibition of their respective services.
So I went for a solo parasail… Not quite, but I did get the lowdown on what it takes to get your parawings – about two weeks of flying instruction and 1,200 CHF.
I also checked out the zip-line strung up by the Saleve Mountain Bureau, sampled some tasty hors d’oeuvres and rode a segway on the patio overlooking Lake Geneva.
While the afternoon exhibitions were largely tailored to area event and excursion planners for business retreats, the outdoor guides on hand were more than happy to talk about area adventure possibilities in general.
Interested in getting into the mountains on two wheels? Xavier from the Saleve Mountain Bureau can organize an outing from anything from an afternoon to a few days.
They also do guided skiing, canyoning, and climbing outings, among other activities and can custom tailor excursions for family or work groups.
Looking for a cool idea for summer activities for your kids? Try the Mountain Passport for teens and pre-teens – a week of outdoor adventure in the Lake Geneva region with professional guides.
Check out the Maison du Saleve cultural interpretation centre as well, located at the base of the mountain in neighbouring Presilly, France, for information on this area landmark and regular family activities.
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