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Les Contamines (GVA)
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Skiing Holiday's Les Contamines

Les Contamines-Montjoie dating back hundreds of years started off as a farming village. The mountain pastures which become the ski slopes in winter were used for grazing and farming, they still in are in the summer. The historic aspect of the village has mostly been retained with more than 70% of the old farm buildings having been restored in respect of the local Savoie architecture. It is a family orientated resort with most of its surroundings being a national park.

Les Contamines-Montjoie is around 1.2 hours from Geneva airport, 15 minutes from the Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet Train station and 20 minutes from the A40 motorway (exit 21). It is located near the well known resorts of Chamonix and Megève; it is close to Mont Blanc which means that it is also used for mountain climbing in the summer – please visit our summer site.

The village centre has all you need withᅠbars and restaurants offering varied cuisineᅠfrom traditional, gourmet, speciality dishes (raclette, fondue and tartiflette), pizzas, crepes. Le Husky and L’Air du Temps are our favourite restaurants! Les Contamines-Montjoie boasts more than 40 shops: supermarkets, a bakery, cake shops, a butchers, regional produce, sports shops, souvenir shops, a newsagents, gift shops and a chemist to name a few. There are 2 banks, a post office, the Town Hall and the Tourist InformationᅠOffice.

There is an outdoor ice rink and children’s play park near the village centre next to the river area. The ice rink is open daily 1000-1200h and 1630-1830h – these times can change depending on the temperature and also during the school holiday weeks.

There are 2 safe sledging runs in Les Contamines-Montjoie. The slope at The Nordic Park is for children 3-6 years only, it is gentle slope suitable for beginners and can be found close to the Nordic information hut, please check the opening times for this slope. The second slope is by the baby drag lift at The Nivorin; this is suitable for adults and children over 6 years of age.

Each week of the season there is a program of entertainment or ‘animation’ as the locals call it, you will find the list of events in the bars, restaurants and the tourist office. The fountain in the village centre is the focal point of most of the entertainment and there are also activities and shows in Les Hameaux du Lay area. Welcome drinks on Sunday, magic, juggling & fire breathing shows, sledge racing shows to give you an idea of what’s on. On Christmas Eve there is a torch lit descent by the ski instructors followed by Father Christmas travelling around the resort on his sleigh with sweets for the children.

 

Skiing in Les Contamines

Les Contamines shares its ski area with Hauteluce and has a total of 120km of pistes, 24 lifts which serve access to a total of 46 groomed runs suitable for all levels of skier. Les Contamiens is known for its exceptional snow cover, on par with higher altitude resorts, and sunshine. The highest part of the ski area has exceptional views of the Mont Blanc and Beaufortain mountain ranges whereas the lower parts of the resorts has beautiful run through the trees. The Nordic park in Les Contamines covers a distance of 23.5km with more beautiful surroundings.