Winter’s now finally over. You’ve hung up your ski boots. Your thoughts are drifting to bronzed bodies and white beaches.

Except the bodies belong to someone else, the beach is packed, and sun and sangria are not what they used to be. So why not do the right thing? Head for the mountains.

Over the last few years holidaymakers have begun to learn the secrets of the mountains: sun-baked peaks, clean and fresh air and there’s a lot more than just skiing on offer. Summer ‘après-ski’ is an adrenaline junkie’s dream – mountain biking, river trekking, climbing, paragliding, white water rafting and more.

Zell am See in Austria leads the way with more than 50 activities on offer. The surrounding mountains and the lake provide activities from abseiling to stand-up paddling to a glacier ski safari.

In Mayrhofen you can join the long distance Eagle Walk or take part in the Harakiri mountain race on 5 August. In Seefeld you can climb, bike and, to cool down, enjoy a white water rafting session. Ever thought of an archery field course? There are two courses in Kitzbühel: a smaller 10-target course perfect for families (can also be used at night!) and the large course with 20 targets. Of course there are golf courses too, if archery isn’t your kind of sport.

Crystal Summer offers holidays to all these resorts and prices start from £267 for 7 nights’ bed &  breakfast at the three-star Hotel Obermair in Mayrhofen, Austria, departing on 23 May 2012 from Gatwick including flights and transfers.


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