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  • Discover Savoie for skiing and summer holidays

    High in the snow covered peaks of the Rhone Alps is the Savoie - a land of wild, majestic beauty and our region of the month. For skiers, this area is a Mecca, and superlatives abound. It is home to Mont Blanc, the mother of all French mountains, contains Les Trois Vallées, one of the largest connected skiing areas in the world and features L'Espace Killy, known as the most beautiful ski centre in the world.

    There’s been plenty of snowfall recently, so the ski season will extend well into April, giving you time to book a self-catering stay at one of our traditional ski chalets and apartments. Chambery is the region’s capital and plenty of ski resorts are within a short driving distance of its airport. You can also get a low-cost flight to Lyon and drive south from there. When booking, don’t forget to ask owners for tips on travel.

    When the weather gets warmer and snow leaves the lower slopes, Savoie is also a great destination for walking, cycling and boating, for enjoying clear mountain air, breathtaking scenery and wide open spaces. If you’ve never been to the French mountains in summer, you have a treat in store. Grassy slopes and meadows with snow-topped peaks, stunning lakes that evoke a sense of deep peace, a magical landscape with views that you just want to sit and soak up.

    Our photo shows views of glaciers from Ste Foy, a charming, unspoilt ski resort that is home to Chalet and Apartment Morion.

    And all year round you can savour the local cuisine – fish and game dishes, fabulous cheeses - and discover some delicious local wines exclusive to the area. The very names make you want to try them – white wines include Altesse, Chasselas and Roussane while Savoie reds have a ring to their names of Mondeuse and Persan. Salut!

  • Still time to grab a ski holiday in France

     

    France is deservedly the world’s premier ski destination - and there’s still time to book a ski holiday this winter. The French Alps are spectacular, with truly majestic and unforgettable scenery. They also boast  Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, which overlooks Chamonix - one of the best ski resorts in the world.

    Our owners offer a cosy home from home for your skiing holiday, whether as a couple, family or group. They include self-catering chalets, farmhouses and apartments conveniently located for the slopes and often in charming villages where mountain traditions have been maintained.

    The Haute-Savoie is a favourite skiing area and its capital, Annecy, is a fashionable town with a friendly ambience. The town’s canals give it a sense of romance and is often compared with Venice - but of course Venice does not have the magnificent French Alps bearing down upon it! Also in the north lies the Chablais area, situated along the French/Swiss border. This is known as 'Portes du Soleil' and in the centre is the village of Morzine, France’s largest ski area.

    Chamonix is probably one of the most popular Alpine ski resorts and is rooted in skiing history as the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. It is situated in a valley and surrounded by some of the most stunning mountains you will ever see. The nine skiing areas undoubtedly make for some of the best skiing in Europe.

    For those who prefer to look from a distance, take the train from the Gare du Montenvers to the enormous Mer de Glace glacier. On a day off from the slopes, you can also explore glaciers in the Alps, take a cable car at Le Brevant to the highest peak to gaze on the awesome Mont Blanc or relax in Evian-les-Bains, strolling along the shores of Lake Geneva or enjoying one of the many cutting-edge spa treatments offered here.

    There are plenty of options for flights to this region, with budget airlines flying from many regional airports to Lyon and also to Geneva or Chambery. Find ski accommodation in the Haute-Savoie and Savoie and book your travel to France.

  • The Savoie - beautiful for skiing and in summer

    It’s time for ski holidays and France’s Savoie region is a brilliant destination to get your thrills on the slopes. We’ve chosen Savoie in the Rhone Alps as our region for January because it is easily accessible and boasts miles of ski and snowboarding slopes, glorious scenery, friendly villages with cosy chalets and apartments, great apres-ski, fabulous food and wines exclusive to the area.

    The Savoie is home to Mont Blanc, the most famous of all French mountains. It also contains the massive and beautiful ski areas of Les Trois Vallées and L'Espace Killy. Both offer world class winter sports and facilities.

    Chambery is the region’s capital and plenty of ski resorts are within a short driving distance of its airport. You can also get a low-cost flight to Lyon and drive south from there. Savoie is about nine hours’ drive from the ferry ports or tunnel or you can opt to take a ski train. When booking, don’t forget to ask owners for tips on travel.

    Once you arrive, there’s the thrill of the ski lift, the winter sun on your face, the brilliance of all that snow and the exhilaration of flying through crisp mountain air. Even when your landing is less elegant than you hoped, you can take comfort in a rich hot chocolate by a blazing fire, a hot shower and later the amazing tastes of the Savoyard cuisine, especially cheeses, and local wines.

    When the weather gets warmer and snow leaves the lower slopes, Savoie is also a great destination for clear mountain air, breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities and wide open spaces. We highly recommend discovering the French mountains in summer.

    We have a great range of self-catering accommodation in the area, for couples, families and larger groups. Chalets and apartments are located in both popular resorts and traditional villages with a typically French mountain flavour. See more in our guide to the Savoie and our guide to the Rhone-Alps.

  • The Savoie – so seductive for skiing

     As a ski holiday location, France’s Savoie region really has got it all. This is a land of wild, majestic beauty dominated by the snow covered peaks of the Rhone Alps - especially Mont Blanc, the mother of all French mountains. Easy accessibility, miles of ski and snowboarding slopes, glorious scenery, friendly villages with cosy chalets and apartments, great apres-ski, fabulous food and wines exclusive to the area. No wonder the Savoie is our featured area of France this month.

    My first introduction to skiing was when my neighbour tried to teach me knee bends and leans in her spacious living room, using broom sticks as props. It was nothing like as much fun as being shown the moves by a handsome French ski instructor with a voice just like Yves Montand. Then there’s the thrill of the ski lift, the winter sun on your face, the brilliance of all that snow and the exhilaration of flying through crisp mountain air.

    Even when your landing is less elegant than you hoped, there’s the compensation of a rich hot chocolate by a blazing fire, a hot shower and later the amazing tastes of the Savoyard cuisine. Personally I’ll pass on the fricassee of frogs legs with garlic, onions and vinegar, but give me perch poached in red wine or just about any local game dish followed by a taste of the region’s delicious cheeses. Washed down, of course, with a soupcon of mountain wine... Generally unobtainable outside the  Savoie, the local wines are becoming more sophisticated as growers concentrate on raising their production from jolly nice plonk to high quality vintages.

    There is a terrific range of ski accommodation in the area, from popular resorts to traditional villages. Our photo shows Le Hameau des Airelles, a chalet holiday rental at St Martin de Belleville.

    Savoie is about nine hours drive from the ferry ports or tunnelor you can grab a low-cost flight.

    See more in our guide to the Savoie and our guide to the Rhone-Alps.