Discover four lesser-known ski areas of Savoie Mont Blanc


Spotlight on the Aravis massif, a destination all year round

During the warmer months, the peaks and mountain destinations of Savoie Mont Blanc have just as much to offer.

Cycling enthusiasts can brave more than 40 passes that have featured in the Tour de France, including the popular Col des Aravis. This pass is accessible from La Clusaz, a seaside resort at the foot of Mont-Blanc that charms travelers with hotels like Les Rhodos, with themed rooms, and restaurants like La Ferme, where visitors and locals alike feast on traditional and hearty dishes.

Hikers are also well received. Head to the Col des Annes, a valley located a short distance from the traditional resort of Grand-Bornand; whet your appetite by discovering the Aravis mountain range before refueling at La Cheminée refuge. If you’re visiting the area on a Wednesday, also take the time to visit the seaside resort’s weekly market and shop for a souvenir or two.

How to do

Located in the south-east of France, in the heart of the French Alps, Savoie Mont Blanc is a region that brings together all the resorts, towns and villages of the departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

The region is easily accessible by train or plane. New Jet2 flights will connect London, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham to Chambéry from December 2021 to mid-April 2022.

When it comes to ski trips, not everyone wants to follow the Saturday through Saturday pattern. If you are looking for a more flexible or shorter mountain getaway, even during school holidays, the partner tour operators of Savoie Mont Blanc Ski Planet, Travelski and Sunweb can help you create a tailor-made stay with the Temps Libre Ski Time offers. .

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Posted in the January / February 2022 problem of National Geographic traveler (UK)

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