The house is in a little hamlet about two kms from the village of Abondance. Abondance is a pretty little place, well equipped with local shops ( bakers, butchers, general grocers, chemists etc.) It also has a good selection of shops selling ski and mountain gear – we recommend Didier Bouvet in the main square – with whom we are able to arrange discounted rental for guests. The village also has a number of little restaurants where you can experience the local specialties of Berthoud ( a potato , cheese and mountain charcuterie extravaganza) , raclette, fondue Savoyarde etc. There is a market in the village square every Sunday – and there are also regular seasonal events held in the village – ranging from the cow festival at the end of the summer when the famous Abondance cows are bought down from the alpages for the winter to torch-lit ski processions in the winter.
It goes without saying that it’s a great base for a ski holiday. You can ski in Abondance itself - click here for more info www.abondance.org. The first official Portes du Soleil resort is 5 km away – La Chapelle d’Abondance – offering a plenty of scope for skiers of all levels , as well as an attractive village center with good restaurants. Slightly further up the valley is the town of Chatel – with yet more slopes on offer- Super Chatel , Linga and Pre La Joux.
We have used BASS with great success for ski instruction and would recommend both their small group and 121 instruction – click here for more info www.britishskischool.com
The house is also a great base outside of the ski season. Mountain walks, white water rafting and fishing are all on offer. In the summer, it’s only a 20 minute drive to Evian les Bains where the shores of Lac Leman ( Lake Geneva) become the local Riviera . Spa treatments are available here www.evian-tourisme.com as well as in Lavey le Bains www.lavey-les-bains.ch
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