Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Take a look at our beautifully refurbished apartments in Megeve... Right next to the Rochebrune lift.... Self catered or semi catered options available!


New Le Sporting Self-Catered Apartments (with semi-catered option) in Megeve!


We're delighted to announce our new Le Sporting Apartments in the picturesque resort of Megeve.  They're in a great location, right next to the Rochebrune cable car and at the foot of the nursery slope.  You really couldn't get closer to the skiing.  Regular guests at our catered chalet/hotel Sylvana and superior catered chalet Les Clochettes will have walked past them on the way to the lift and you'll have noticed the renovation work going on last season.  They've been completed now and are fabulous.  Huge at 105m² habitable space, they sleep 4-6 in two en-suite bedrooms (sofa bed in the lounge) and have a very spacious open plan sitting room/dining room and kitchen.  There are balconies throughout and magnificent views of Mont Blanc and Rochebrune, as you can see above.  We have two of these fantastic apartments situated next door to each other so they're ideal for larger parties as well.  There's private parking in the garage and a heated ski locker for each apartment.

As usual we'll be offering
short breaks as well as the traditional week long holidays as Megeve is so conveniently placed at just 75 mins from Geneva airport for that sneaky ski weekend!
Have a look at next seasons prices!

Semi-Catered Option

Like the apartment but really don't want the bother of cooking and shopping?  Then why not take up our semi-catered option! 
  • Breakfast - we will deliver a breakfast hamper to last the duration of your stay containing cereal, jam, butter, eggs, fruit juice, yogurts, tea and coffee.  Then every morning we will deliver fresh baguette, croissants and pain au chocolat all for the price of £3/person/day.
  • Dinner - daily we will leave a delicious, simple 2 course meal for you in the fridge of your apartment.  All you have to do, at the time of your choosing, is pop it in the oven and serve it up!  Examples of the homely, nutritious food we will provide could be:
    •  Beef Bourguinon with glazed carrots and mashed potato followed by Lemon Tart
    • Confit of Canard with a red wine sauce, seasonal vegetables and Dauphinoise potatoes followed by Dark Chocolate Mousse
    • Savoyarde Tartiflette with charcuterie and a seasonal salad followed by Raspberry Pannacotta
    • Roast Chicken tray bake served with mediterranean roasted vegetables followed by Chocolate Brownie and custard.  
All for the price of £12/person/day!

The dinner option will also be available in our superior apartment Les Clochettes and breakfast delivery will available in all our self-catered apartments.
Book Now or Check Availability
Early Bird Booking Offer Still Applies!

£70 off week long stays and £35 off short breaks in our catered and self-catered chalets and apartments.  Offer excludes Half Term but does include Christmas and New Year!  Expires end of August.
Hope you like the look of our new apartments and we look forward to welcoming you to Megeve next season!

Best wishes, Debbie, Sarah, Rachel, Elizabeth & John
 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Excitement builds as we head toward Winter 2018!



Next season's prices are out as are the flights so now is the time to think about next season's holiday. Naturally we hope you consider Megeve!  

As a little incentive, we would like to offer you an exclusive discount of £70 off a week long stay or £35 off a short break in any of our catered chalets or self-catered apartments excluding half term week but including Christmas, New Year and Easter.  Call us or email us and quote EQ17 to claim this special discount.  Offer valid until end of August 2017...
 
Have a look at next seasons prices!

Not sure where to stay?  Have a look below for a short summary:

Don't forget you can book full weeks or for short breaks and ski weekends in any of our chalets and self-catered apartments.  Megeve is just 75 minutes from Geneva airport so ideal for a few days get away with lots of skiing!
  • Superior Chalet Les Clochettes - sleeps 10-14 in 7 comfortable en-suite rooms.  Excellent chef, large comfortable lounge, quiet location, 150m walk from lifts
  • Chalet-hotel Rond Point - Superb location in the centre of Megeve, relaxing en-suite rooms, log fire & recently renovated lounge, professional chef, 3 minutes walk from the lift in the central square
  • Chalet-hotel Sylvana - very popular with our regular guests, homely en-suite rooms, log fire & comfortable sitting area, professional chef, quiet location, 150m walk from lifts.


  • Apartment Chalet Centrale - new to us last season, right in the centre of the town, 2 mins walk from the ski lift, with a garden & private parking, sleeps 4-6 people in a double room & twin & sofa bed
  • Apartment Les Clochettes - spacious apartment above our superior chalet Les Clochettes and decorated to the same high standard, 2 twin/double en-suite rooms + sofa bed in lounge, 150m walk from lift
  • Apartment Chalet Roseau - beautifully furnished, in the centre of town, spacious apartment with mezzanine, log fire, sleeps 6-8 in 3 bedrooms, 3 mins walk from ski lift.
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What's New & What's Not!

  • Watch this space for news on the Clochettes.  We're planning on putting in a sauna!  No promises yet but hopefully in September 
  • We're just signing on the dotted line for two spacious and very lovely apartments right next to the Rochebrune cable car.  Pictures and prices coming soon
  • We're offering awesome prices on Christmas and New Year deals so you can get away in school hols without breaking the bank!
  • The Chamois gondola from the centre of town is being upgraded for 2017/18
  • Provisional new 3km sledging slope on Mont d'Arbois will be fun for the kids (and adults!)
  • Rory remains with us in charge of the smooth running of all our accommodation and Amy is returning as manager of the Rond Point so you can be assured of a warm welcome and great service as usual in all our chalets
  • We're interviewing the chefs for the season next week and tasting some of their food to ensure it's of a great standard for all our guests (gonna be tough!)
  • Megeve remains a beautiful, picturesque village with a huge ski area, fantastic views of Mont Blanc and most importantly wonderful, rustic mountain restaurants!
Hoping to welcome you to Megeve very soon from all the team at Stanford Skiing x



 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Golden Wedding

It was our Golden Wedding on Saturday.  Luckily for us, four friends were staying in Chamonix with another couple so they came over and joined us and Carol and Gordon for a celebratory dinner.  The Clochettes was empty so we took it over, and Kieran cooked us the most amazing meal., with Ben and Ellie serving.     We started with scallops with a home made ham terrine, followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb and then, the piece de resistance, a dessert of lemon posset in a white chocolate half shell with meringue and fresh fruit. It was a great evening and our friends left for Geneva the next morning to catch their flight home.
Om the Sunday our two families arrived together with the Booth and Smith families so there are 8 children in all, ranging from 14 to 7.  It was Caroline and Steve's 18th wedding anniversary yesterday, and Lizzie will be 12 on Thursday.  It's a busy time of year!  We skied on Mont D'Arbois yesterday in glorious sunshine and had lunch at the Gouet.   Today we are probably going over to Cote 2000.   

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Vallee Blanche

We went home for the weekend which explains why no blog.  John wanted to see the  Head of the River Race which involves 420 crews rowing from Chiswick to Putney.  Sadly, it was cancelled because of high winds.
Anyway, we are back in Megeve to lovely sunny weather and deserted pistes.  Today we took all the staff, except for Tom (whose girl friend arrived today) and Rory and Corrie (broken collarbones) to Chamonix to ski the Vallee Blanche.  It was one of those days.  Leaving our apartment, we got into the lift I asked John if he had got his boots.   We got to the RP when he said he'd forgotten both his phones.  Surprisingly, I had mine and it was switched on.
We were incredibly lucky as Alex Perinet (our favourite mountain guide) was free and he brought his friend, Thiery, who guided us last year.  So, we had two excellent guides.  Often the ridge is windy and cold, but there was no wind and we all ended up stripping off at the bottom of it.  Then we split into two groups.   We went with Alex and skied the Petit Envers, which was steep and exciting with lots of crevasses to avoid.  We joined up with the other group just before the path to the refuge, and skied together to our patch of stones for lunch.
The snow was mixed but lower down Alex found us some spring snow, which was great. I think the worst part is climbing up the stairs to the railway.  Gary, bless him, carried my skis.  Every year I do it I wonder if I can face that climb up the following year.  It was a great day and thank you to all our team this year.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Monday

Yesterday we skied with Neville and his partner, Caroline, on Mont D'Arbois.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  We stopped at the Gouet for lunch and bumped into Sarah Lambert, who lives in the chalet just below the Sylvana.  She told us that Tom, the chef/manager of the Sylvana for many years, was ill in New Zealand.  He had moved there after he left us.  He had been falling over and had been to see several doctors who dismissed his concerns, until one took him seriously and sent him for a scan.  It turned out that he had a tumour on his spine which was pressing on the nerve and affecting his balance.  It has been removed and he is now having chemotherapy.  So we all hope that he is on the road to recovery.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sorry, I have been rather lax in blogging.  I went to see the osteopath who gave my ankle a twist and a yank and something went click.  He said I could go skiing.  The problem was that it still hurt but on the other side.  So I took a couple of days off which was most frustrating as the weather was beautiful, warm and sunny.  However, yesterday I decided to go out anyway and found a technique which minimised the pain.   I went to see the osteopath again today and I am now hopeful that it is on course for recovery.  He is a lovely man:  he asked me my age and expressed surprise as he thought I was younger!
In the meantime, Jonny and Tracey have been out this week.  Tracey isn't skiing so she and Carol have been doing things together.   Sadly, I have not been able to ski with Jonny as much as I would have liked.  But we have had lots of nice lunches out, sitting in the sun at the  Dahu, Alpage and 540. They go home tomorrow.  Jonathan and Fiona Muirhead are leaving on Monday as they are having to give up their apartment in Megeve early.  I think they have enjoyed their season and are talking about coming back next year, but for longer.  However, we have all our family coming out the first week in April and more snow is forecast for next week, so the end of the season is looking good.  We are full next week but not the last week in March, so if you want a quick ski holiday on a short break that is the time to come.  The slopes are empty, the sun is shining and the pistes are in good condition first thing, though at this time of the year they tend to get a bit soft in the afternoon. 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sunny Saturday

The sun is shining in Megeve, the snow is perfect and I've hurt my ankle.   I don't know what I've done but I tried skiing this morning and it was not a good idea.  I had rested it yesterday so I was hoping that I would be OK, but I ended up skiing down on one ski, which might be good for practice but not for all day.
Anyway, to recap.  Wednesday morning was almost perfect.   I say almost because I fell into the same ditch beside the bottom of the second chair at Cote twice running.  Everyone else thought it hilarious.  We met Gordon and Neville at the top of the Princess lift, and skied off piste down to Planallet, where we caught the bus to Cote.  As the top chair had not been open the day before we were almost first down everything.  The off piste snow was light and fluffy and huge fun.  Then it started to get busy and the snow got heavier and John and I went home for lunch.
On Thursday the temperature had risen.  We went to Le Giettaz where Gordon and Neville skied off the back and skinned back up again.  We did one run off piste which was OK, but hard work, so we skied the pistes.
On Friday we had a trip to Carrefour in Sallanches as our toaster had died and we needed to replace it.   We picked up some guests from the Alpy bus.  They have chosen a good weekend for a short break.