For me, January is all about outdoor activities and spa in the mountains: skiing, hiking, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing and wellness. The crispy, cold mountain air and the high peeks make me admire the nature. If you also enjoy the Alpine lifestyle, follow me, I will take you to the French Alps and show you three different places, where you can truly enjoy winter, snow and quality services.
Mont Blanc - Saint Gervais-les-bains
It was my dream to see the Mont Blanc, the „White Mountain” , that rises 4,808.73 meters above sea level, it’s the highest mountain in the Alps. Being able to ski in the valley at the foot of the Mont Blanc, it’s something you should try once in a life. I will share my photos and experiences with you about this first class ski region. We were staying in a little, cute town called Saint Gervais-les-bains, the place feels so French. There are three towns that surround the mountain: Courmayeur in Italy, Chamonix and Saint Gervais in France. It’s a popular holiday destination from the 1900s. It offers 450 kilometers of ski slopes and a relaxed environment. The place got its name from the thermal springs.
Truly French town - Saint Gervais center
We chose Le Grand Panorama. It’s a basic, budget accommodation close to the cable car. The town center is a good 10 minutes walk. It’s equipped with everything you need for a one week holiday, all rooms have balcony. Pay attention to the fact that every extra things come at a cost, like bed linen, cleaning fee,sauna, local tax. All in all it’s a friendly place with a great location.
Slopes - mountains - winter beauties
During our stay we visited an authentic, lovely place called Megève. It's close to Saint Gervais. If you are ready to discover the French lifestyle, go to the main square and enjoy the charm of the place. The city is the most glamorous one in the Alps. You can rent a luxury chalet or enjoy your stay in an elegant five star hotel. There is wide range of high-class shops and restaurants.
This place is located at 1650 meters high in the Southern Alps. It has 88 km of marked ski runs, 40 km of cross-country ski trails. Even if you are a beginner, you will find the slopes that are perfect for you, plus it has an excellent snow coverage all season. It’s a family focused place, also the facilities are suitable for all ages. If you are not into skiing, you can try horse-riding, ice-skating, snowmobile, or just go for a walk, enjoy the sun and the spa facilities.
We were staying at the Résidence Les Balcons des Airelles. The self-catered apartments are located close to the main ski lift, so it offers you an easy access to the slopes. There is a stunning view that you can enjoy from almost all of the rooms and after some outdoor activities it feels great to jump in the heated pool. It’s a nice place with simple furniture and design at a reasonable price.
The „Three Valleys” is an exceptional ski region, since it’s the largest ski area of the world, it has 600 km of ski slopes. Most sites are operated by locals, and their warm welcome makes it a lovely place! It offers a good snow coverage.
You can find here all kind of accommodation from budget apartments to 4-star hotels. If you are looking for relaxation, you are at the right place, Les Menuires offers a more than 4500sm covered leisure area, where you can combine spa services with sport and children programs. We were staying in Les Menuires, this apartment is functional, clean and located right at the slopes, perfect for a winter vacation. If you are looking for a budget rentals, check out www.airbnb.com
I can highly recommend the cheese fondue and raclette. The cheese fondue is originally known as the poors’ dish. The receipt combines white wine with processed cheese and garlic seasoning.
Cheese fondue by www.bigoven.com
Raclette is a Savoy specialty, it’s also based on processed cheese, potatoes and it can accompanied with onion, meat or any kind of vegetables. It received its name from a tasty, Swiss cheese. Try it at home with your friends on a long, winter evening! Choose some good French white wine for these local specialties! Cheers!
Raclette by www.regions-of-france.com