Friday, 21 October 2016

Out with the old... The Rond-Point's new living room

Our Chalet-Hotel Rond Point has always been a favourite with our guests. It's well-equipped, comfortable, extremely well-located and is always full of great Stanford staff cooking great meals and taking care of you. Up until mid-2015 however, the reception area had managed to retain some of the haphazard charm of the higglety-pigglety French hotel that it once was.

Finally, over the course of two inter-season maintenance periods between Autumn 2015 and Summer 2016, we have now completed our ongoing project to completely renovate the living room and bar. For those of you that have known the Rond Point over the years, you will see from our lovely new photos that it's nearly unrecognisable.

Our bar is now out of the way of the main seating area, instead acting as an elegant partition between the chalet kitchen and the rest of the room. This leaves much more space for our new, comfy sofas and opens up the area around the fireplace for just the type of cosy seats you need to sink into after a long day of skiing.

Throw in a full paint job, new cream carpets, a fluffy rug and a handy tea and coffee station and you end up with what is now one of our favourite rooms in resort. What do you think?!

It's not just the Rond Point that's had stunning new photos taken though. Take a look at these offerings, including some from our superior Chalet Les Clochettes and our new self-catered apartment in the centre of Megève, the Appartement Centrale.


Like what you see? Give us a ring on 01603 477471 or drop us an email at to ask for more details. You can even visit our accommodation page to see more photos of our new bathrooms, the new living room and our latest addition, the Appartement Centrale.

We're booking up quickly but still have some availability for New Year and Christmas, including our superior Chalet Les Clochettes, as well as later in the season, so move fast before it's all gone.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Proud sponsors of the British Snowsports Fund...

With a bit of luck, you may have spotted news on TV or online last week about the British Snowsports Fund? If you didn't let us tell you more about it and announce that we're proud sponsors!

What is the British Snowsports Fund?
The plan is to support skiers and snowboarders at all stages of their careers, from our Olympic hopefuls right through to children who are taking their first steps (or slides) in the sport. 
Companies throughout the ski and snowboard industry (including us) are joining together to support the cause

Why are we doing this?
As you can imagine, it can be expensive for athletes to be able to progress and excel in their sports, with the need to travel overseas frequently to train and for competitions. We want to ensure that anyone with talent, regardless of how much money they have, can demonstrate their full potential. 

We all remember the feeling of sitting in our pyjamas, watching Jenny Jones win bronze at Sochi in 2014. We want that to happen on a grander scale! It’s an ambitious programme that will boost immediate success, but also encourage and support new talent. It may even help us discover someone who’s five now and will be an Olympic champion in 2030!

Who will it help? 
Money generated for the British Snowsports Fund will be allocated between British Ski and Snowboard (the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding) and the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation (a charity which supports grassroots participation and supports talented young athletes).  It will be spent across three areas:
- Boosting grassroots participation in skiing and snowboarding, particularly among young people
- Helping development pathways for young and aspiring athletes
- Supporting British snowsports athletes to ensure they’re best placed for international success

One of the first aims of the British Snowsports Fund is to enable as many British skiers and snowboarders to get to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics as possible. To qualify for the Olympics, athletes need to attend a certain number of internationally approved events. We need to ensure that our athletes can compete at these events - and the travel to these competitions can often be expensive. 

How does it work?
We are asking customers to add a £1 donation per traveller to the cost of their holiday, whether they’re booking online or on the phone. If you've already booked your break, the chances are that you've not paid your balance for 2016/7 so please let us know if you'd like to contribute when we speak to you next

If you haven't booked your winter ski trip yet, then get in touch! You can call us on 01603 477471 to speak to one of our friendly and helpful team. If you prefer you can also book online at and give yourself something to look forward to

We hope to hear from you soon
Until then best wishes
Team Stanford Skiing x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The best ski resort for a Christmas holiday...


The best ski resort for a Christmas holiday... 

Best for sophistication and fine food
Megève, France from Telegraph Ski

In 1914, Baroness Noémie de Rothschild decided that France should have it's own St Moritz and set about transforming the farming village of Megève. Today, glittering boutiques, restaurants and hotels line the town square and ancient cobbled streets, and with the annual beautifully decorated Christmas tree twinkling, it’s the epitome of aristo chic.
Megève is home to seven five-star hotels, one three-Michelin-star restaurant and four that have one Michelin star, as well as several of the world’s finest mountain spas. There are also some first-class mountain restaurants. At the top of the Mont Joux lift there’s table-top dancing at the Folie Douce restaurant and après bar, with spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Les Mandarines is a fine old chalet near the top of Mont d’Arbois serving dishes such as tenderloin in pepper sauce. In the village, Le Sommet at the M de Megève is worth catching before it gets a star and its prices escalate.

Megève’s slopes are extensive, with predominantly gentle pitches and lots of tree-lined runs for low-visibility days. Three main ski areas – Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois and quiet Le Jaillet – are all reached by different cable cars from town. The risk at Christmas is Megève’s low altitude, but as its lifts are now owned by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc, which operates Chamonix’s lift system, visitors can buy a Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass and access nearby Les Contamines, as well as Chamonix, Courmayeur and Verbier.

More info

Fast facts

Resort: 1,100m
Slopes: 850m to 2,355m
Lifts: 88
Pistes: 325km
Six-day lift pass: €231

At Stanford Skiing we're offering 9 days for the price of 5 over Christmas.  That's 4 days extra for free!  Prices start from just £550/person.  Bargain!



Friday, 16 September 2016

🎿Book now for our newest addition - Chalet Centrale!

Book your escape to Megeve in our NEW self catered chalet from only £1,100!
Our newly acquired Chalet Centrale is just three minutes walk from the central square and the Chamois ski lift, which goes straight up from the centre of Megeve to the ski school meeting point, yet in a quiet residential road with private garage and parking.  The small Casino supermarket is just round the corner selling everything you need for your stay - Truly, this is a great location for a wonderful ski holiday or ski weekend
The apartment itself is on the ground floor of the chalet and is approximately 60m2.  It has a private entrance and spacious garden with terrace - Great for snowball fights and later on in the season enjoying the sun.  This centrally located Megeve apartment has two bedrooms - a double and a twin plus a bathroom with bath and shower.  Ideal for a long soak after skiing!  There is a separate w.c.  The kitchen is well equipped with four ring electric hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and coffee machine.  The comfortable sitting room/dining area includes a futon to accommodate an extra couple of people, TV (British free channels), DVD, music station and WIFI.
All linen and towels are provided and our friendly and professional staff are on hand to ensure that you are settled in and to answer any queries. The chalet is cleaned weekly. Guests are welcome to join in with our social skiing programme.
A new company is now available offering to shop and deliver food to your chalet.  We have not used them ourselves, however it could be great for our self-catering guests.  Less time shopping, more time skiing!  Here is their website
We have also learned about another service from Chalet Kitchen who will deliver freshly cooked meals to your chalet each day that you pop into the oven on your your return from the slopes. Reports are that they are delicious and affordable, so well worth checking out!

If you're interested in finding out more, do please do give us a call or send us an
Our most important advice is to get in quick, as this awesome addition our portfolio will be quick to fill!

With best wishes until we hear from you next,
⛷Elizabeth, John, Debbie, Sarah and Rachel 🏂

Friday, 9 September 2016

The countdown begins.... Winter 2017 here we come!⛷

⭐️New Year's Evening in Megeve!⭐️

We are now offering short ski breaks and ski weekends over the New Year period in our catered chalet/hotels Sylvana and Rond Point.  Escape the excesses of Christmas and grey old England and have a blast on the slopes of Megeve.  Megeve is lovely at New Year with a big party in the central square and fireworks.  The town is twinkling with fairy lights and Christmas trees.  A really picturesque spot.

We can offer 3 or 4 nights from 27th December to get you back to the UK in time for the great New Years Eve party or 3 or 4 nights over the New Year and enjoy the party with us instead!  Prices start from £390/person for 3 nights excluding flights and transfers.  Megeve is great for short ski breaks and ski weekends being only 75 mins from Geneva airport.  We offer a transfer service as well so you can be sure you'll hit the slopes as soon as possible.

We still have our superior catered chalet Les Clochettes available over New Year from 27th December to 3rd January for a party of 10 in five en-suite rooms with balconies.  It's a lovely chalet with a spacious sitting area, deep comfy sofas & leather arm chairs, large dining area with sunny veranda, 5 comfortable en-suite twin/double bedrooms with balconies, crisp white linen & plump duvets, french complimentary toileteries and we have super staff who will prepare delicious cakes, canapes & 4 course evening meals with wine.  All there to make sure your stay is really special.  Price is discounted from £1,350/person to just £1,200/person excluding flights and transfers.

⭐️Breaking News!⭐️

We're just in the process of signing up a new apartment to our portfolio!  It's right in the centre of Megeve next to the little Casino supermarket about 150m from the Chamois bubble.  Super location.  It sleeps 4-6 people in a double and a twin room + sofa bed in the sitting room.  There is a bathroom & separate w.c., kitchen with dishwasher & washing machine and a good sized sitting room with WIFI.  There's a private garden and most excitingly for this part of Megeve now everywhere charges for parking, a garage with an extra outdoor parking space!  Watch this space for more information and photos but do contact us asap if you would like to be on first refusal for any dates, especially peak weeks as we're expecting them to go like hot cakes!

⭐️Cancellation in our Superior Chalet Le Roseau⭐️

That's right, unfortunately some guests have had to cancel their stay at half term in our superior self-catered chalet Le Roseau so it is back on the market for £3,600 for the week of 12th February.  The chalet sleeps 6-8 people in two double en-suite rooms and one family room on the mezzanine with double and twin beds and an extra bathroom.  Lovely sitting area with log fire and fully equipped kitchenette.  Give us a call asap if you're interested as we're expecting it to go very quickly!
We look forward to welcoming you again to Megeve this season.  Please do give us a call or send us an email to discuss your next ski holiday!

Best wishes,
🎿 Elizabeth, John, Debbie, Sarah and Rachel 🎿

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Vallee Blanche

Yesterday we skied the Vallee Blanche with all the staff. It was touch and go as the guides predicted high winds, and said the Montenvers  lift might be closed.  This lift is the one that you get at the end of the trip.  You have to climb something like 450 steps carrying your skis and wearing ski boots before you get to it.  If it is closed then you have to climb a similar additional distance.  I have never had to do the last part and never want to.   Climbing 450 steps just about finishes me off. Anyway, we were extremely lucky as the wind died down.
The day did not start off particularly well.  The Mont Blanc lift company look over the Megeve lifts at the beginning of the season, and we were told we could issue ski passes for Chamonix.   Oh no! Chamonix can issue passes for Megeve but not the other way round.   So we got to the lift barrier( after about an hour's queue) to find the ski passes didn't work.  So we had another half an hour's wrangling with the lift office before we got the right passes.  But as it happened we got lucky, as in that time the wind dropped so the walk down the arrete was fine.  It would have been very unpleasant in high wind.  Before you put your skis on the guides rope you up and you then walk down the arrete to where it levels out and you can start to ski.  There is a rope to hang on to.  You just don't look down as Chamonix is 3000 metres below.
We all skied together which was fun.  It was a bit icy the first few turns but then the snow softened up. In fact, when we got to the Mer De Glacé (which is the flat bit of the glacier) it was almost too soft.  It was a great day and the sun shone, so we all ended up stripping off loads of layers.   We had been told it would be -25C so had dressed appropriately.  
What a way to end the season!   Most of the staff are having a few days in Budapest to round it off.
Here is one of the many group photos.

Monday, 11 April 2016


As soon as everyone went home the sun came out.  Sod's law!   We had a little snow on Friday night but the cloud was down on Saturday, so though we skied a little off piste we did not do a lot.  We started off in two groups, but then the parents of the youngest children split off from the rest of us.   We all met for lunch at the Gouet except for one family who couldn't get there.  There were 20 of us! But Sunday dawned bright and sunny and today has been much the same, though it's clouding over this afternoon.  John came and joined me on Sunday and we found some untracked snow over the back of the Ladies Downhill.  We ended up doing a run across a field  to a stream, which we had to jump.  Quite difficult in Ski boots.  We had to climb out but that only took about five minutes.  It was preferable to skiing out along the stream, which I don't like at the best of times.  
The pistes are deserted although it is still French holidays.   Everywhere is slowly closing down.  Today the St Nicholas and Chatterix lifts were closed, as well as the Monrosset.  The snow was good and I had a lovely morning.  It is all rather sad but on the plus side the mountain crocuses have suddenly arrived.  They are tiny and mostly white, though there are a few yellow and purple ones.  The primroses have been in flower for some time and the banks in the town are yellow with them.  They didn't seem to suffer from the snow on Friday.