Arthur Longo, Valerian Ducourtil and Levi Luggen peace out on the beaches for a spot of summer sliding on the Les 2 Alpes glacier...

It’s August.

Meaning the odds of finding parking near the beach is proportional only to the likelihood of eyeing a free square meter of sand to drop your towel on. Then there’s the omnipresent smell of human bacon. Frying slowly in a too small pan. Not exactly the fragrance of choice of todays growing gluten-intolerant/vegan/bio/sustainability conscious youth-community.

So you hop in the ocean to cool off, thinking you’ll catch a few. Forget about it. Either it’s flat, or, once the swell hits waist high, a Guinness World record attempt of trying to fit the most tourists on a party wave is taking place on every beach near you. For the entire month of August. Last but not least (and worst of all), for reasons beyond our understanding, it appears that the trend of “Cover your nipple" instead of “Free your nipple" among female beach-visitors is spreading faster than Donald Trump can make America hate again. Whyyy?

So what’s a poor soul to do to escape all this? Eaaaasy.. Run to the hills! Run to Les Deux Alpes in France, to be specific. Up here, the air is clear, there’s space aplenty for everyone and the temperature hovers around a comfy, activity-inspiring 20-25 degrees. (That’s 70-ies for our Gringo friends). If you’ve never been to Les Deux Alpes, then shame on you.. There’s NO BETTER PLACE to ride in Europe in Summer. Sure, Saas Fee gets good, and so does Zermatt. But in terms of multitude of park features, vertical drop, half pipe(s) and last but not least, aprés-riding activities down in the village, no other resort even comes close.

Skating (several parks), swimming and perving on chicks at the pool or one of many nearby lakes, downhill cycling, trampolines, hitting the bars, or doing 101 other sports I won’t even start listing here, Les 2 Alpes truly has it all. It is the most complete summer riding resort in Europe. Period.. If in doubt of what to do or what’s going on, stopping by the Volcom store is always a smart move. Local legend and shop manager Yannick Amevet, of infinite Absinthe Films fame, is always up to date on what’s going on, where the cheapest beer is to be had, which girl NOT to perv on and mucho more. And he is happy to share his knowledge with you. So do swing by.

What are you waiting for? Les Deux Alpes remains open until August 27th..

- JP