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 megeve.com

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!



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