It’s skiing season and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been lucky enough to have learned how to ski pretty much as soon as I could walk, going on regular trips to the mountains with my family. Being in Geneva, it was so easy to drive to all the resorts we wanted, whether in Switzerland or France, and I have such great memories of our snowy road trips. Skiing and winter sports were so common place growing up in Switzerland that we’d have ice-skating sessions as PE substitutes and there would be a yearly ski trip with the entire school.
I absolutely love the French Alps and have been going there for a long time. Not only is it easy to access from Geneva, but there is such a wealth of resorts available for tourists to enjoy. The three areas that I have most personal experience with are Les Trois Vallées (including Courchevel and Méribel), Evasion Mont-Blanc (including Megève and Les Contamines) and Les Portes du Soleil (including Morzine and Les Gets). Evasion Mont-Blanc is probably my favourite, with a broad mix of slope levels and a host of winter activities, including designated sledging slopes and ice skating rinks. And of course, the après ski is fabulous too, with the villages full of boutiques, restaurants and horse drawn carriages. Make sure to indulge in all the cheesy meals you can, from raclette to tartiflette, but also try Haute-Savoie specialities, such as ‘diots’ (pork sausages), ‘crozets’ (wheat pasta squares) and the charcuterie of the region.
The mountains are wonderful in winter, but I tend to find them just as magical, if not more, in the summer months. Everything is green and peaceful, with cows dotted along the mountainside and hikers exploring the area. The tranquillity is so refreshing and recharging: it’s one of those weekends where you leave feeling rested and happy. I’d definitely advise visiting the Alps in the summer if you haven’t been yet.
I’ve planned a couple skiing weekends for early next year and I’m just so excited: definitely the right way to start 2019 (I can’t believe it’s already here!) and I hope I’ll be seeing some of you on the slopes!