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Resort: Megeve
Country: France
Domain: Monc Blanc area, I guess.
Author: Erica
Date: 17th - 20th Dec
Our holiday: Impromptu weekend break before Christmas for husband and wife (9 weeks skiing over the past 3 seasons - reasonable intermediates, both over 40)
Website : www.megeve.com
Basics : 70km from Geneva, we flew EasyJet from Bristol. Excellent service by EasyJet - very efficient. The self service check-in at Geneva was a doddle.
Lift system : Gondolas, chairs etc. - all the usual
The terrain : Three ski areas - Rochebrune and Mont D'Arbois (linked by gondola) and Le Jaillet.
Miles upon miles of tree-lined reds and blues. Narnia!! True intermediate stuff. Longer runs from top to bottom than, say, Courchevel. A particular favourite would be the red 'Princess' on Mont D'Arbois, and the picturesque green down to Le Bettex. On 19/12/05 we were the only people on these two runs. Stunning views of Mont Blanc.
The snow : Just amazing - about 40cm fell whilst we were there.
Off-piste : Loads of it. We just played in the edges of the piste.
The resort : Megeve is very pretty. Lovely traditional shops and a load of designer stuff too.(Expensive) The village square was lit up with a tree and fairy lights and Le Pere de Noel was in a little chalet, in the centre! There was free vin chaud and hot bread out of a little oven.
Food : I have never seen so many mountain restaurants - all looking like chalets! Food on the mountain ranged from cordon-bleu to basic.
Accommodation : We stayed in Rond Point chalet(www.stanfordskiing.co.uk) Exceptionally good staff, very good food and very nice ambience. But the chalet is in need of a major makeover. Good transfer from the airport included.
Costs: £500 for 4 nights for the two of us. Plus EasyJet fares.
Conclusion: We will definitely return.

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