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 www.megevemarket.fr
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
email
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

Sunshine

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.  

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Family holiday

We are having a great week.  The weather isn't marvellous as we have had a foehn wind for the last few days, so the snow has got very soft by the afternoon.  It's been fine in the mornings though.  Today was colder and the snow was much better.  We have been having lunch at most of our favourite restaurants.  Monday was the Staduel, Tuesday the Alpage, Wednesday the Telepherique and today the Gouet.  Caroline and I ate at the Radaz on Saturday.  The restauranteurs have been pleased to see us.  In some cases there have been 22 of us, but some days we have split up as the younger children are unable to ski to the restaurants that are not near the ski school.  In most cases we have been the majority of people eating there.  Katie Campbell is teaching our four grandchildren and Anna Booth, so they are having a lovely time.  Sadly, they all go on Sunday.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Staff lunch

On Friday we had our end of season staff lunch at Au Petit Cuchet, Combloux.   It is just above the car park when you ski down the blue run to Combloux.  It was a bit cloudy in the morning and we skied with Elizabeth, Caroline, Emily, Lizzie and Tommy.  We went over to Giettaz and then came back and, inevitably, ended up on the boarder cross.   I have done quite a few of those this week.  Elizabeth raced Rory and Amy and got a great start and was racing to a win when they came across Tommy in a heap.   He had been racing his sister.   Anyway, Elizabeth claimed the win.  Sadly, Jaillet has now closed for the season.  It always closes a week or two earlier than the rest of Megeve.  Yesterday Elizabeth and John were working so Caroline and I skied with the children.  They spend the whole time finding the bumps and jumps down the side of the pistes.  I feel that I am not only an authority on boarder cross courses but also on where to  find the best bumps and jumps.   It is all hugely entertaining.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

3 Days' Skiing

Sorry I haven't blogged for a bit but I've been having too much fun!  I've been skiing with Ali and Matt Kinsey and their children, Jackie and Seb, and their friend, Fiona, and her daughter, Rosie.   The girls are 12 and Seb 9, much the same as our grandchildren.  Ali is the daughter of John's best man so we have known her forever, and Matt was at Manchester Medical School with Elizabeth, although they didn't socialise.  Matt used to sit behind Elizabeth in exams (Kinnear and Kinsey) 
Anyway we went to Jaillet on Monday.  The kids insisted on skiing the ski cross three times so we didn't get over to Giettaz until the weather had started to turn, cold and snow, so we only skied the one run there and headed off to the BonJournal, which was full.  On Tuesday we started off on the Rochebrune ridge where we found about two inches of fresh snow on the pistes, which was lovely.  We got the bus to Mont D'Arbois where John caught up with us and skied a few runs off the back of les Clementines and the Epaule ridge and then had lunch at the Gouet.  Today we went to Les Contamines.  It was a bit cloudy with flat light in the morning but glorious sunshine after lunch. We tried out the new rope tow lift which was hard work.  It is quite steep and the rope is new so we all had marks or holes in our gloves.  We went up the Veleray drag lift which isn't often open as it is steep and off piste.  There was fresh snow but it was quite challenging, although good in places.   The kids did amazingly well.  After lunch we did the ski cross and I managed the box rail perfectly!   So I'm now looking forward to our family arriving.  Elizabeth, Emily and Tommy and Caroline and Lizzie arrive tomorrow evening.  Anna is on a school trip to Pompeii so is coming our with her dad on Monday.  Elizabeth's John arrives at the weekend.  We have three other families staying with us so we are all in the Rond Point.