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Resort guide to Les Contamines - France

Traditional small ski resort close to Geneva. Access to the skiing of St Gervais and Megeve

Les Contamines resort guide - a general overview

Les Contamines remains one of the quieter and unspoilt traditional French resorts with stunning views towards Mont Blanc, towering above the attractive village. The core of the village is compact, but the resort spreads widely with chalets dotted over a 3 km stretch of the valley, and the main access lift 1km away from the centre. The skiing is above 1,900m and well suited for cruising whilst the regional pass covers some of the best skiing in Europe around Chamonix and Megeve. Due to its proximity to Mont Blanc the resort also has a justifiable reputation for good snow conditions and only really experiences queues when skiers are bused in from resorts suffering poor snow. Ski holidays in Les Contamines are not for those who want to party the night away but is an excellent choice for families and children with prices more typical of rural France than of international resorts. Les Contamines is also worth considering as a weekend destination.

Resort stats

445km

1,160m - 2,485m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • A traditional, picturesque, unspoilt French village
  • A good snow record
  • Lift pass covers several nearby resorts all accessible by car (445 kms of pistes)
  • A good intermediate area and some excellent off piste
  • A few lovely rustic mountain restaurants

Cons

  • Not ideal for beginners
  • Not really much night life, a few local bars and thats about it
  • Long queues for the gondola during busy weeks

Les Contamines Resort Restaurants

Les Contamines is one of the rare unspoilt ski resorts which has managed to retain its rustic mountain charm. This means the majority of restaurants serve only traditional French mountain cuisine, however if you would like a bit of variety from your hotel restaurant, the village does have a few local restaurants definitely worth a visit. Restaurant Notre Dame de la Gorge gets particularly great reviews. The "Creperie Pub le Ty Breiz" is another one worth a try, serving various filling crepes tasty for lunch as a break from skiing or a light dinner after a long mountain lunch. If you have a sweet tooth, try Le Husky where apparently the tarts and pastries are just as sweet as the service!

Les Contamines Mountain Restaurants

Les Contamines has a variety of places to grab a spot of lunch on the mountain. Most of the restaurants here are your typical alpine style chalet mountain restaurant and you can choose from either a self-service large canteen style restaurant or a smaller cosy eatery serving delicious French gourmet cuisine. If it's a quick bite on a sun filled terrace you are after, head to Le Signal situated at 1900m at the top of the Signal gondola where you can enjoy a sandwich over looking Mt Blanc on their large terrace. If you would prefer to relax in front of a cosy fire and warm up whilst taking your time over a 3 course lunch head to La Ruelle where the food is delicious and the service delightful.

Les Contamines Apres Ski

Les Contamines has a very relaxed approach to apres ski. It's a better resort to head to if you like fine dining, cosy little bars and spending lazy evenings in your chalet. However there is one place which comes to life a bit later on, this is the Ty Briez which stays open late and has live music occasionally.

Les Contamines Resort Map

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  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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