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Les Contamines

In the heart of the Mont Blanc region at the end of a stunning valley lies the picturesque town of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Although it hosts a surprising amount of fantastic ski terrain around a huge undulating bowl, it is still a secret gem within the Haute Savoie region of France. The farming town has a much more authentic feel to it than the larger purpose built ski resorts and if you are after a relaxing week enjoying some great skiing followed by a nice glass of wine in the evening, then Les Contamines offers you just this.

Ski Area

Often overlooked due to its proximity to Chamonix and Megeve, Les Contamines is a small, friendly resort that offers a surprising amount of skiable area – it is definitely a hidden gem and a perfect location for those who are not after a manic nightlife.

The ski area is outside of the main village but both UCPA and the town provide a regular bus service to link skiers to the main lift station. Once there, the lifts take you as high as the Aiguille Croche at 2500m with pistes covering a vast area of 120km and a vertical drop of 1336m. On the other side of the Contamines ridgeline, you can ski down to Hauteluce les Contamines with its fine selection of friendly blue and red runs.

UCPA Centre

The UCPA centre in Les Contamines is large and comfortable plus minutes away from the town centre. All the usual UCPA services are on offer including a restaurant, bar, ski room and terrace. 

LES CONTAMINES OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Friendly and quiet ski area
  • Higher than average snowfall
  • Excellent skiing for beginners and intermediates
  • Only 100km from Geneva
  • Picturesque town

Cons

  • Bus to the ski area
  • Fairly quiet nightlife
  • Busy at weekends
Off piste skier skiing in the trees

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LES CONTAMINES FACTS

Best For: Relaxing!
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Nightlife:
Nearest Airport: Geneva (100km)
Coach Available: To Saint Gervais, then local coach
Fun Fact: A hidden gem of a resort
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  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
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  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at din...
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