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Les Contamines Vs Espace Diamant question.

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beequin, cheers for tha. kids are all under 5

the parents would probably approve of their sprogs getting exposed to foreign languages at a young age so French-only probably not a problem
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they palpably dislike the English

Puzzled I wonder if that is really the case. I've spent very little time there, but in the neighbouring Espace Diamant (much less glitzy, and more family friendly/cheaper than Megeve) I've not detected any "palpable" dislike of "the English" (not that I'm English wink ). People I've met on chairlifts all around generally seem friendly and interested to meet British visitors, as they have rather few. The posts I've read on snowheads about Megeve have generally been positive - and not mentioned any anti-English feeling.

There are limited creche facilities in the Espace Diamant - I think most people bring their grannies. There is a creche for kids from 2 years old in les Saisies, but I don't know anything about it. Probably fine, though 100% French, I would expect. And ski kindergarten from 3. I know a woman who used to do child minding, and who speaks excellent English (she is an Indonesian of Chinese ethnic origin) but last winter she worked for one of the ski schools so wasn't available for child minding. Not sure about the coming winter.

At Easter there's not likely to be much resort level snow in Megeve or the lower Espace Diamant resorts. Les Saisies should be OK - as should all but the bottom levels of the Les Contamines pistes, though the village itself might be a bit slushy.
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Just an update.

We have made a decision and booked the Les Contamines apartment in L'Enclave for the week 23rd January. We considered the limitations of the LC ski area, however as we are driving down we can explore other areas if need be. We have also pencilled in a day drip to Les Saisies. Fingers crossed for the weather!

Thanks to all for their input. snowHead
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Annie wrote:
jasminee, Assuming for a moment that you are driving/hiring a car, we found that the best value supermarket is Ed's in Sallanches. On your way to St Gervais take the first exit signposted Sallanches from the auto route, go past Carrefour on your right (I think this is still the case, there were roadworks going on when we were there which may mean you by-pass it) and Ed's is on your left a little further on in a small sort of sub parade of shops. They have a good selection of fruit and veg, a butchery counter, baker etc. The dry goods selection is a bit like Lidl in that the quality is good but there isn't a vast brand selection. After that Intermarche in Le Fayet would be my next choice.

Supermarket shopping in St Gervais is adequate but quite limited and EXPENSIVE. There is a butcher, two small supermarkets and a boulangerie in the main bit of the town and a larger Casino on the roundabout to Les Contamines out towards the lifts. There is also a traiteur by the ice rink and a Thursday morning market in the town centre. L'Eterle is good for a 'sit down' pizza or there is a takeaway Pizza place between the Les Contas roundabout and the lift.

Restaurant wise apart from L'Eterle we enjoyed Le Royal - nice cosy atmosphere and slightly more varied menu than most. (leave the steak hache stuffed with foie gras alone though!) La Brasserie d'affiches (or something similar) - simple food nicely cooked, and the name escapes me at the moment but there's another nice place down an alley behind the church, specialises in griddled meat, prawns etc.

Thankyou ! Very much appreciated (:
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