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Winter in Les Contamines

Les Contamines Montjoie is located in the French Alps. It is approximately 1 1/4 hrs from the airport of Geneva which is convenient and 15 mn from the Le FAyet St Gervais Railway station (highspeed trains) and from the A40 Autoroute (exit 21). Les Contamines is located in between the well known resorts of Chamonix and Megève, it is close to Mont Blanc which means that it is used for both mountain climbing in the Summer and skiing in the Winter. Its proximitiy to Chamonix means that access to Italy is easy via the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

The village of Les Contamines is a jewel at the heart of the Mont Blanc region – it is often referred to as the undiscovered gem. The sensation of a hidden valley results in a very close knit local community. The village has preserved its historic aspect. More than 70% of old farm buildings have been restored in respect of the local Savoy architecture.  The name of the village originates from ancient local dialect. The word “Contamines” once meant ploughable land on the squires estate.

Les Contamines has immediate access to 120km of ski slopes, ranging in altitude from 1200 to  2500 meters, and offering something for all levels of skiers.  The skiing is unquestionably superior to that of other well known resorts.  There are four sections of the ski area: The Tierces section, the Roselette section, the Montjoie section and the Hauteluce section.

In addition to skiing, Les Contamines offers various other winter activities – full details can be found at http://en.lescontamines.com/activites2.html

Skate on the natural open air ice rink and enjoy the views of the mountains. The ice rink is located in the heart of the Les Contamines village which is open from early December until early March.

Les Contamines Montjie Natural Reserve was created in 1979 and covers more than 5500 hectares of varied terrain rising from 1000-3900 meters high and covering forests, pastures, tottents, rocks, snow fileds and glaciers.  Parts of the resort are easily accessible on foot or with snow-shoes to allow you to partake in Winter walking.  Enjoy a peaceful and safe stroll along snow covered footpaths, clearly signposted and destined for pedestrians.
A map is available from the Tourist Information Office.

For general tourist information, refer to: http://en.lescontamines.com/

 

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