Les Contamines - Montjoie, France

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Les Contamines - Montjoie ski holidays

Established in 1930 the French ski resort Les Contamines - Montjoie lies at 1164 metres altitude in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2487m the area is not snow sure. Over 200 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 10km of trails, which equates to around 12 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Les Contamines - Montjoie is Geneva / Geneve at a distance of 80km or approximately 90 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Pretty and compact Savoyard village with a long history, extensive skiing and a good range of shops and restaurants. The nearest lift is 1km from the village. Part of the huge Mont Blanc lift pass.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 8 runs ?km
16%  Intermediate Trails
 12 runs ?km
57%  Advanced Trails
 19 runs ?km
35%  Expert Trails
 9 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)€? - €?
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2014
Resort ClosesApr 2015
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs120km
total length of Les Contamines - Montjoie trails
Longest Lift-Served Run4km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation?
direction Les Contamines - Montjoie area faces
Top Altitude2487m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude1164m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude1164m
centre of Les Contamines - Montjoie ski resort
Vertical Drop1310m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 1310m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Les Contamines - Montjoie

48 pistes and trails means approximately 120km of runs. 24 Les Contamines - Montjoie lifts have capacity to transport 36000 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 4km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 16% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 57% intermediate, 35% advanced slopes and 8% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km ? run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. You can ski Les Contamines - Montjoie after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Les Contamines - Montjoie

Of the 24 ski lifts, 12 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Les Contamines - Montjoie is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 2 terrain parks and 2 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 120 metres), 1 quarter pipe and 1 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Contamines - Montjoie Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

10 apres ski bars 30 restaurants 0 bowling 0 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 1 concert 0 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 3 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Nature Reserve, Paragliding, Speedriding.

SNO-man says

Les Contamines - Montjoie tends to emphasise the expertise of its locals in certain areas - mostly mountain adventure sports. There are very limited attractions in the resort itself. Bruno Stritmatter, a musher with experience of northern Siberia, leads dog sledding expeditions of one to five days, with longer trips including accommodation and meals. There are snowshoe treks of a shorter duration in to the mountain wilderness, variations include children's adventures and high mountain walks. Sleigh rides and night skiing are another possibility. For something a little different why not sign up on one of the Mountain Guide Office's cultural tours around the village. He dresses up as a villager from years gone by and relates anecdotes three centuries old. The excursion includes visiting a traditional home where you can taste local food and drink prepared in the time honoured way, including saucisson smoked in the fire place. The most interesting building in the area is the thirteenth century church of Notre Dame de la Gorge, a neat white chapel with a painted façade. It was described as "An extremely ancient place of pilgrimage with a curious baroque-style oratory, covered with Renaissance frescoes and gilt, in the purest tradition of Savoie's religious heritage..." by Roger Frison Roche writing in Mont Blanc aux sept Vallées. Concerts are sometimes staged in the church. Also in the area there's the remains of an ancient Roman road at the start of the gorge - if you can see it under the snow. The route is used as a cross country trail when snow does cover it. Also: paragliding, ice climbing and snowshoeing,

Rating for apres ski gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

"Les Contamines - Montjoie" by any other name

The French resort is also known as Les Contas Les Contamines Pays Du Mont Blanc and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Les Contamines - Montjoie slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Les Contamines - Montjoie has slopes facing ?.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Les Contamines - Montjoie, France

Les Contamines - Montjoie day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

From tiny tots to teenagers, there's something for all ages at Les Contamines-Montjoie, which has a particularly good reputation for its childcare, mixing both a full activities program and a modern day-care and ski school facility. The "Galipette" crèche is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and accepts children from one to seven years of age. The facility offers educational games, indoor games, outdoor games and day care. It works in association with the ski school's "Jardin d'Enfants" and reservations are strongly recommended to be sure of a place. The Ecole de ski Français Jardin d'Enfants accepts children from age two and a half years. Every Sunday during the school holidays there is a get together at the Tourist Office with a free cuddly toy, and at the welcome drink children get a cup of hot chocolate. A special children's show is also held during the week.

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Contamines - Montjoie Shopping

Les Contamines - Montjoie shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

There are about 25 shops in the resort covering all essential needs. Huit à Huit is one of three general stores. For presents and souvenirs try Diversités, The local banks are the Banque Populaire with change facilities and a cash till as well as Crédit Agricole. The local boucherie - charcuterie (butchers) is the Boucherie Ducroz and the boulangerie - patisserie (bakers) Aux Délices de Montjoie. There's also a photographic store, tobacconist with newsagents, petrol station and laundrette. Inevitably sports shops make up the other half of the total quota.

Les Contamines - Montjoie value for money gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Les Contamines - Montjoie

Les Contamines - Montjoie hire shops - overview of all shopping in Les Contamines - Montjoie

There are about 25 shops in the resort covering all essential needs. Huit à Huit is one of three general stores. For presents and souvenirs try Diversités, The local banks are the Banque Populaire with change facilities and a cash till as well as Crédit Agricole. The local boucherie - charcuterie (butchers) is the Boucherie Ducroz and the boulangerie - patisserie (bakers) Aux Délices de Montjoie. There's also a photographic store, tobacconist with newsagents, petrol station and laundrette. Inevitably sports shops make up the other half of the total quota.

Les Contamines - Montjoie ski rental shops value rating gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Les Contamines - Montjoie

Les Contamines - Montjoie ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole de ski Français and has 70 teachers teaching in English, French, Italian, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 2.5.www.esf-les-contamines.net informations@esf-les-contamines.net 470282

Les Contamines - Montjoie for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Contamines - Montjoie for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Contamines - Montjoie for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Contamines - Montjoie for snowboarding  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Les Contamines - Montjoie

Les Contamines - Montjoie snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Les Contamines - Montjoie: 23.5km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 3km     Intermediate XC Trails: 6km   Difficult XC Trails: 11.5km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 0.2km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Les Contamines - Montjoie

Les Contamines - Montjoie snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 10 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 0.2km Paragliding schools: 1

Les Contamines - Montjoie non skiing facilities also include Nature Reserve, Paragliding, Speedriding.

Les Contamines - Montjoie reviews, 4.5 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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