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Just 75 minutes from the airport at Geneva, Mountain Drop-offs is only too pleased to be able to serve this hidden valley. Flanked by the big-name ski resorts of Chamonix and Megeve, this little corner is a complete oasis well worth exploring - and so easy to get to.

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Once you're in resort you don't really need a car either, as it's a pleasant stroll from the village to the ski lifts, or you can hop on the 'navette' buses that take a circular route around all areas of Les Contamines - and they're free.

Les Contamines in the winter

As you head out of St Gervais towards Les Contamines, you'll soon see the view from your Mountain Drop-offs minibus changes. Traditionally farming lands, Les Contamines really does offer the most family-friendly and relaxed skiing in the Pays du Mont Blanc area.

Les Contamines TransferTo put it simply, in Les Contamines there are rarely any lift queues, the terrain is open and varied with pistes to suit everyone, the mountain restaurants and auberges are superb with reasonable prices and the powder stays untracked for days - what's not to love?

In terms of skiing, the resort has stayed resolutely on its own, despite endless rumours about linking up with St Gervais/Megeve or even Les Saisies in Savoie on the other side. Who knows what'll happen in the future, but for the time being there is enough to keep beginner to upper intermediates more than happy for a week on your ski holiday.

Geneva to Les ContaminesYou might think that with the pistes ranging from being at 1000m to 2500m, there might be issues with snow. Nothing could be further from the truth. We've known this place for years and Les Contas, as it is affectionately known, consistently opens before many of the bigger resorts (often early December) and stays open until well into spring. We have no idea how they do it, but they must have some kind of microclimate going on where it snows and it sticks!

Les Contamines-Montjoie (to give the resort and village its full name) boasts 48 pistes, in a ski area divided into five sections: Village (where there are drag lifts for beginners, a half pipe and cross country pistes, plus biathlon arena) and Montjoie, Roselette, Tierces and Hauteluce, which are all at altitude. Out top tips include whizzing along the really long pistes around Nant Rouge and discovering the hidden valley of Roselette.

Geneva airport to Les ContaminesMake sure you drop over the other side into Hauteluce too. You get great views of the Girotte Dam and over across to the Tarentaise too (where resorts like Tignes and Les Arcs are). Another must-do is the very highest chair lift up to the Aiguille Croche, where you'll be rewarded with amazing 360 degree panoramas of Savoie and Haute Savoie, including, of course, Mont Blanc. This is also where some of the nicest little off piste shoots are and an often very mogulled black run to test those knee joints.

* A winter holiday highlight is a horse-drawn sleigh ride to the Auberge de Colombaz for dinner in the evening, followed by a torch-lit 3km descent on toboggans from this hidden mountain farm and restaurant that's off the piste map, back down to the village.

Les Contamines transfers* Nightlife is usually about a couple of drinks on the way back from the slopes. In the restaurants, the majority offer Savoyard dishes or pizzas. If you want a change from melted cheese, the 'O a la Bouche' is an elegant place with a creative chef, so expect lots of stacking and drizzling on your plates!

Les Contamines in the summer

A true delight in winter for all the family, Les Contamines is very quiet in the summer, making it a perfect choice for a 'get away from it all' holiday, where the pace of life is a whole lot slower.

You'll be surrounded by the majestic snow-capped peaks of the likes the Domes de Miage at 3673m and the Aiguille de Bionnassay reaching up to 4051m, the prefect backdrop for walking in the nature reserve and other gentle summer activities, many of which are based around the Parc Pontet.

geneva to Les Contamines transfersRight at the end of the val de Montjoie, the Parc Pontets is a superb open-air leisure park with a lake for swimming and paddling in and everything from pony rides and archery, to play parks and tree top adventure trails. There are also picnic areas or you can sample the food at the restaurant with a large terrace overlooking the water.

You can also head up on the Gorge and Signal bubble lifts in summer. At the halfway point you'll find the Etape, another little lake with a restaurant of the same next to it, but those with mountain bikes will want to right to the top and take the downhill path back down and check out the bike park on the way.Geneva to Les Contamines transfer

That's our insight into Les Contamines-Montjoie - all that remains for you to do is book your hols, sit back and let Mountain Drop-offs take you there and enjoy discovering this true hidden gem!

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Geneva airport to Les Contamines transfer* Les Contamines is great for child care with a 'garderie' in the village right next to the baby pistes. Open seven days a week in the winter season, they welcome little ones from 12 months old. In the summer season it's open Monday to Friday.

Geneva airport to Les Contamines transfers* Make sure you try 'farcement' the local Contaminard speciality. This is proper mountain food, made with a mix of potatoes, prunes and bacon that's slow cooked for ages and ages in a special pot and gives you enough energy to ski for a week in just one helping, so they say!

* Visit the nature reserve. Stretching from the village at 1100m to the north aiguille of Tre la Tete at 3892m, it's France's highest nature reserve. Explore the many paths and trails and you're sure to bump into Chamois and Ibex roaming too.

Les Contamines transfer* Les Contamines at a cross roads. Wuth Italy on one side (via the col du Bonhomme) and Savoie and Haute Savoie on the others, it's little wonder this area has attracted walkers and alpinists since the late 19th century. Many of the walks (including the Tour Mont Blanc route) start from the 'dead end', i.e. the furthest point you can drive to past Les Contamines village centre, which is a truly idyllic spot, with a tiny little church (Notre Dame de la Gorge) surrounded by close-proximity peaks.

Fireworks and folklore - events in Les Contas!

Mountain traditions play a big part in Les Contamines, be it winter or summer, so here's our pick of the festivities to take part in whether the pistes are groomed, or the cows are grazing on them...

Les Fadas Obstacle Race - December
Opening weekend in Les Contamines for the 2017 season saw around 1500 crazy people tackling an 8km obstacle course on the slopes of this fun-loving resort. We're hoping it'll be an annual event now. Fancy dress is par for the course, as is a LOT of partying. Bargain packages with accommodation, lift passes and course entrance included, or just buy your place on the course.

Christmas Market - December
Head to the Espace Animation (village hall) to explore the 30+ stalls full of festive fayre and cheer. Buy some arts and crafts gifts, taste some yummy food and have a warming drink of hot choc or vin chaud. Oh and there’s a tombola too!

New Year’s Eve 
It’s party time in Les Contamines as the whole village waves goodbye to the old year and says hello to new one coming. The fun stats at 18:00 with a torch-lit descent at the Loyers piste in the village. From 21:00 the snow dance party starts in the village square, then fireworks at midnight. Party on - and it’s all for free!

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Facts and Figures!

* There are currently just over 1200 inhabitants who live year round in Les Contamines

* If you're from Les Contamines you're a 'Contaminard'!

* The name was changed from 'Les Contamines' to 'Les Contamines-Montjoie' (to reflect the Val de Montjoie) in 1949

* The first hotels were built in 1900, to welcome the likes of Whymper who came over with Swiss guides to explore the peaks of the Domes de Miage

* In 1908 the Tre la Tete refuge was opened

* Skiing began around 1900 and the Les Contamines Ski Club was formed in 1911, with the first lifts being installed in 1937 and the first chair lift in 1952

* A massive investment programme in the early 1970s brought skiing to the Bellevue, Ruelle and col du Joly areas with new lifts and pistes being created

* Les Contamines's catchphrase is 'A Chacun Son Rythme' which loosely translates as 'Each to their own rhythm' which we think really sums up Les Contamines. It's laid back and friendly but also still remembers it's agricultural and alpine heritage and you can really just go at your own pace.

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