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Ski area: Evasion Mont Blanc, France
Resort height: 1164m
Resort top height: 2500m

Les Contamines
(Les Contamines/Hauteluce )
Km piste: 120
Lifts: 24 (4 cable cars, 8 chairlift & 12 drag lifts)
Snow cannons: 210 (25% of ski area)
Snow parks: 2 x X-Zones: Halfpipe (in the centre of the resort) and boardercross, big air & rails on ski domain

No. of slopes: 48

Green slopes 9 Blue slopes 11
Red slopes 19 Black slopes 9

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Driving distance from Calais: 555 miles (8hrs)

resort info

The village of Les Contamines-Montjoie nestles at the foot of the Mont-Blanc. Its altitude ranges from 1164 and 2890m and is situated at the heart of a nature reserve. The village has preserved its historic aspect, baroque churches and old farm buildings so 70%  have been restored in respect of the local Savoy architecture. A 5,500 ha area is classified as a "Nature Reserve" to protect it from further development.


Set in a peaceful yet dramatic location at the upper end of a beautiful valley, road access from the nearby spa town of Saint Gervais-les-Bains is simple, involving little more than a gentle climb, making Les Contamines Montjoie one of the more accessible ski areas in the French Alps.


It’s also one of the oldest, having welcomed its first skiers around 1900. The once-remote farming village retains its traditional Savoyard appearance, with an attractive skyline of timber chalets still dominated by a lovingly restored Baroque church. Development in response to tourism remains on an unobtrusive, human scale, the very few larger (but still not high-rise) apartment structures being sited close to the Montjoie gondola lift.

The surrounding landscapes are similarly unspoilt, and include some 5,500Ha of protected nature reserve, much of it forested. Among the many peaks towering impressively over both sides of the valley is the legendary Mont-Blanc, beyond which lies Courmayeur and Italy’s Aosta Valley. Similarly hidden from view on the opposite side of the valley are the neighbouring ski areas of MegèveSaint Gervais and Combloux.

Les Contamines is friendly, welcoming and works hard to ensure that its skiing visitors have a great experience, but non-skiers aren’t forgotten.


A selection of dedicated signed routes allows walkers and snow-shoers to explore the peace and tranquillity of the valley floor and also (with a gondola lift ride) higher up the mountain. Add dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleighrides, ice-climbing, ice-skating, plus a range of more relaxed pampering treatments, and there should be something to keep everyone entertained.


Numerous summits dominate the village:

To the west, the ski resort reaches across the hillside of Mont Joly at 2525m joining the Hauteluce ski area via the Col du Joly. The Tête du Veleray marks the summit of the ski slopes. From the summit there is a stunning view of Mont-Blanc, the Aravis mountain range and the valley of Beaufort.

To the east: Les Dômes de Miage, 3673m and the Aiguille de Bionnassay, 4052m, are part of the Mont-Blanc range.

To the south: the road leads to the Bonhomme mountain pass and towards Italy.


Les Contamines is an eco-friendly resort:

In order to reduce village traffic, the resort runs a free shuttle bus service around town and to and from the ski-lifts. Other eco-friendly actions include: recycling waste, treatment of sewage, ski-slope clean-up campaigns, use of organic oil for the slope grooming machines and distribution of pocket ashtrays, reusable keycard…


Why Les Contamines?

·          Located within a nature reserve

·          Amazing scenery from the mountains

·          Part of a large ski domain – 445km of piste



  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Resort News
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates


Les Contamines opens on 19/12/14 - 25/04/2015

Child Care


Galipette Nursery (from 12 to 36 months)   

The nursery is adapted for very young children and has a sleeping area.


The day care centre is open throughout the season from 20th December to 25th April, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Lunch provided on request.

Afternoon snacks are provided.
Due to a limited number of places we strongly advise you to reserve in advance.
90, impasse de la garderie
74170 les contamines-montjoie
tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 06 68


Children must de vaccinated (in particular DT polio) and in good health.

We recommend that you reserve in advance.
An identity card, health documents, a teddy, a dummy, nappies, warm clothes, an indoor and outdoor outfit & a complete change of clothes.


Nursery only prices 14/15:
Morning (8.30 - 12.30)
Daily - 21,50€
6 day package - 107,50€
Morning with lunch (8.30 - 12.30)
Daily - 26,50€
6 day package - 132,50€
Afternoon (13.30 - 17.30)
Daily - 21,50€
6 day package - 107,50€
Morning with lunch (8.30 - 13.30)
Daily - 32,00€
6 day package - 160,00€
Full day with lunch (8.30 - 17.30)
Daily - 41,50€
6 day package - 207,50€




Indoor and outdoor activities for young children: reading, arts & crafts, snow garden, sledging and snowball fun etc. If you wish for your child to learn how to ski with a qualified instructor it is possible to reserve lessons and the nursery at the same time. Our nursery staff will collect your children from the ski school once their lessons have finished (level Piou Piou to 1ère étoile).


From 3 to 7 years

Indoor and outdoor activities for young children include: reading, arts & crafts, snow garden, sledging and snowball fun etc...

A list of babysitters is available from the tourist office.




Les Contamines ice rink

Skate in the daytime throughout the winter. Evening sessions during the school holidays. Ice hockey and curling available too.
Price: from 4.5€ (inclusive of skate hire).


Les Contamines Dog Sledding
Animal lovers and fans of the great north will enjoy this unique dog sledding experience. Bruno and Dominique Stritmatter enable you to discover their passion for arctic dogs and the life of these dogs as part of a pack. Choose a 45 minute discovery session at 37€ or an evening adventure from 55€. Continue the adventure with an evening meal in a trapper’s tent. mMshing courses available from 560€. We advise you to reserve prior to your arrival.
Parc du Chien Polaire tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 13 99 / 06 21 83 52 39 


Les Contamines Sledging

There are 2 safe sledging areas in Les Contamines, one near the Nordic Information Chalet, the other on the Nivorin slope. Children can also help to build an igloo or a snowman with one of the entertainment staff.


Les Contamines SnakeGliss

Once the slopes have closed, enjoy an exciting run from Signal to La Gorge on an articulated sledge (snake gliss).


Les Contamines horse drawn carriage and sleigh rides
Enjoy an enchanting ride through notre dame de la gorge in a comfortable horse drawn sleigh or ride up to an alpine restaurant for a traditional meal.
Francis Callamardtel. +33 (0)6 81 69 92 55 or Auberge de la Colombaztel. +33 (0)6 88 45 98 12 


Les Contamines introduction to ice climbing

Similar to rock climbing, ice climbing provokes new sensations. Climb frozen waterfalls and spouts equipped with crampons. Throughout the winter the local mountain guides propose ice climbing initiation sessions on the frozen waterfall in Notre Dame de la Gorge: 28€ / 90 minute session.
Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs18, route de notre-dame-de-la-gorge 74170 les contamines-montjoie tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 10 


Saint Gervais Thermal Spa

Parc Thermal - 355, allée du Dr Lépinay - 74190 LE FAYET

Spa - Bien-être : +33 (0)4 50 47 54 57

Cures Thermales : +33 (0)4 50 47 54 54

A Favored Cure Environment

Saint-Gervais’ thermal waters are rich in mineral salts and trace-elements. The waters are haemostatic, healing, decongestive, hydrating, and calming.

Located at the foot of Mont-Blanc, in a splendid tree-filled park at 600 m (1,970 feet) altitude, Saint-Gervais’ Thermal Baths welcome you in a modern establishment, with the most advanced thermal techniques.

The spa in Saint-Gervais built a new leisure spa concept in 2011. Indoor and outdoor activities include: steam baths, saunas, bubble beds, hydro massage alcoves, massage jets and outdoor baths. A warm spring water spa complex at the heart of a beautiful park.


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.


Les Contamines Tourist Office

Contact 0033 (0) 4 50 47 01 58

Apres Ski/Eating

More than 40 shops and services. 20 restaurants including creperie, tea rooms, pizzeria, takeaway, Savoyard meals…

Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, delicatessen, regional produce, 5 bars, Pubs, sports shops, sportswear, tobacconist, newsagents, souvenir shops, gift shops, beauty salon, hairdressers, decoration, banks, post office, garage, service station.




By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Les Contamines: 555 miles or 8hrs


Autoroute A40, exit 21 Le Fayet, 12 km from the resort.
The main road from Le Fayet to Les Contamines is regularly cleared.


By Rail: Direct TGV from Paris to Saint-Gervais les Bains Le Fayet (12km away)

Saint-Gervais/Le Fayet railway station Tel. +33 836 35 35 35

For further information:
Direct line to SNCF railways: 36 35



Geneva Airport is 94km from Les Contamines (1 hour)  

Chambery Airport is 135km from Les Contamines (1 ½ hours)

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 214km from Les Contamines (2 ¼ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 214km from Les Contamines (2 ¼ hours)


Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:


Geneva Airport - Les Contamines ( From 20/12/14-12/04/15 (up to 5 per day). Adult return €50.  


Getting around Les Contamines


The village stretches lengthways for more than 5 kilometres. It is surrounded by marked paths and trails leading from one hamlet to the next. For example: If you wish to walk from the village to Notre Dame de La Gorge, follow the path along the bank of the river Bonnant, through the woods and up towards the leisure park.

Free shuttle bus service:

In order to reduce traffic, a FREE shuttle bus service is available within the village.


Airport Transfer to Les Contamines
Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats. Please enquire for prices.

Resort News



Events in Les Contamines 14/15







This winter, Les Contamines will host a World Cup skicross event for the 12th time. The world’s best skicross skiers will compete on one of the most technical courses on the circuit, renowned by competitors as the “Kitzbuhel” of skicross.
Enjoy great entertainment during the event, including the 4th edition of the KCC’s children’s skicross contest on the 10th January.


7th January - 10th January 2015





All event information courtesy of Valloire tourist office –

 Other – lift information


Resort entertainment staff
Our entertainment staff organize numerous activities within the resort: welcome drinks, treasure hunts, sledging races, Eskimo villages, snowboard and ski jump contests, clowns and street entertainment, exhibitions and concerts. The majority of these activities are free of charge. Programme available at the Tourist Office, in local shops or online at:

Other Amenities


Supermarkets, bakeries, butcher, delicatessen, regional produce, bars, pubs, sports shops, sportswear, tobacconist, newsagents, souvenir shops, gift shops, beauty salon, hairdressers, decoration, banks, post office, home services, garage, service station, tradesmen and estate agents open throughout the winter season. Some of our shops are open throughout the year (newsagents, bakery, mini-market etc.).


Baby equipment to hire:

Pram: 4 € per day, 20 € per week

Booster seat: 5 € per week

Cot + mattress: 14 € per week


Tel. 33 (0)4 50 47 05 10 - Fax 33 (0)4 50 47 09 54


Wifi at tourist office (payable). Cash machine.


ski info

The ski area in les Contamines is situated between 1200m and 2500m altitude and offers varied terrain for varying levels of skier and snowboarder. The resort boasts great sunshine and excellent natural snow conditions. It is also part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski domain (although not lift linked) totalling 445km of piste.


Additional ski facts info, Les Contamines resort info in resort facts panel above


Evasion Mont Blanc Ski Area

Saint-Gervais, Megève, Saint Nicolas de Véroce, Combloux & La Giettaz




 107 (3 cable cars, 10 gondolas, 35 chairlifts, 64 draglifts)

No. of slopes - 219











The slopes wind down between glens and dales, wide runs, cosy pine forests chalets and old authentic farm buildings. The village nestles at the foot of Mont-Blanc with the higher slopes offering magnificent views of the mountains and the lower areas offering sheltered tree-lined skiing.


The discrete location means that skiing here remains something of a well-kept secret, but the quality of what’s on offer has brought Les Contamines Montjoie a loyal and enthusiastic following among those who have discovered it.


The local downhill terrain is seamlessly integrated with that of Hauteluce, in the adjoining Beaufortain valley, making it possible for intermediates to cover some distance around the resulting 120km of groomed terrain. There are more demanding steeps, too, for those looking for something more challenging, plus two safe beginner areas within easy reach of the village.

Mountain access is via a choice of gondolas, the closest to the village and most of the visitor accommodation being the Montjoie lift. Further up the valley, close to the Baroque church of Notre-Dame de la Gorge, is a second gondola lift, along with a lift-pass office and a large, free car-parking area. The lifts converge on Etape 1470, where you can enjoy a mountain restaurant meal, take a chairlift serving a selection of gentle Blue runs, or hop on the Signal gondola lift for a haul up to 1900m, and a lot more possibilities (including an ESF ski-school area and another mountain restaurant).


Les Contamines is a ski area that spreads across 2 different regions- Savoie and Haute-savoie. Les Contamines offers the highest skiing (altitude terms) of the Evasion Mont Blanc domain.

The Gentianes Red piste drops into lifts serving Red, Blue and Black runs (plus some accessible off-piste) below the 2384m Aiguille de Roselette. Alternatively, you can take a Blue cruise to reach one of the gentler runs into the Hauteluce sector, continuing all the way down among sensational scenery to Belleville (1200m) if you wish, with three bar/restaurants along the way. A return gondola and chairlift ride will drop you at the Col du Joly (2000m), gateway to some of the steeper terrain below Aiguille Croche (with panoramic views from 2487m) and Veleray (2450m). Intermediates will enjoy the Red and Blue descents from the former, leaving Veleray’s draglift-served long Black-only runs for more hardcore skiers. All in all, the mountain is varied and entertaining, and at the end of the day it’s possible to ski (on a Red-graded piste) back to either starting point.

There’s more terrain on offer if you want it. Strict environmental controls rule out lift-linking to MegèveSaint Gervais and Combloux, but they’re included on the full Evasion Mont-Blanc lift pass, although you’ll need to take a bus or have your own transport to get there.



For beginners, there are 2 safe zone slopes for novice skiers in the resort centre. The slopes enable one to learn the basics. Each slope is equipped with a drag lift. These are not linked to the main ski area. There are more beginners' slopes at the top of the first pair of gondolas at the main ski area.



For intermediates and experts the area above Signal has a network of chairlifts and draglifts which are located around a huge bowl providing 30+ generally red and black runs with a few blues thrown in too. You can also access the south facing Hauteluce area from some of the lifts here.


For off-piste skiers, the diverse geographical aspects of the resort guarantee quality off-piste skiing. Powder on the Northern faces, heavier snow on the sunnier sides. Experience a varied number of snow conditions in the same day. Several off-piste descents offering a difference in height of up to 1300m throughout the season.



For snowboarders, some good boarding can be found. Although there are a number of drags, you can generally access most of the key areas via chairlifts or gondola.

  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire


Ski hire in Les Contamines prices start from £33 for children (skis and boots) & £47 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Les Contamines ski hire prices

Ski Passes



6 days

7 days

Proof of age is compulsory; please bring ID when collecting lift-passes.

Adult (15-64)



Child (5-14)



Senior (over 65)



Child (under 5)




NOTE: Compulsory €3/pass for hands-free pass to pay locally (can be reused annually)

Don't forget to take your passport size photos!

Evasion Mont-Blanc pass covers: Combloux, Megève, Saint-Gervais, Les Contamines, La Giettaz (445km)


Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):


For complete beginners (adults and children):

Beginner pass: village and foyères ski lifts - €14/day

Pass provides daily access to the Loyers, Baby Nivorin and Foyères drag lifts and to the Gorge and Montjoie gondolas, daily rate - 16.50€


Les Contamines ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €29.50 children, €34 adults

Day - €31 children, €38 adults


Evasion ski pass - daily rates 14/15:

Day - €35 children, €43.50 adults

Ski School


Ski school not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats


Les Contamines Individual Tuitions

(14/15 prices, NOT pre-bookable with PR)


Ecole du Ski Francais

BP 5 - 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie

Tel. 33 (0)4 50 47 02 82

Fax 33 (0)4 50 47 19 49  

70 instructors, 9 of which are also qualified mountain guides are available to teach skiing, cross-country, snowboarding, biathlon or télémark.


Group lessons 14/15:

Group ski lessons (from sunday to friday) - children from 4 to 12 years: beginners, 1*, 2** & 3***, étoile de bronze, étoile d’or, competition (medal included). Adults & children over 12: group ski lessons, class 1, 2 & 3:

Group lessons from €100 for 6 half days

Club Piou Piou (3-4 years) from €81 for 6 half days

Snowboard from €136 for 6 half days


Cross country lessons also available.


Private lessons 14/15:

1 or 2 people/hour - 42,50€
3 to 6 people/hour - 60€


Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change



Mountain restaurants in Les Contamines

20 altitude restaurants in Evasion area (around 4 or 5 in Les Contamines local domain)


Cross-country in Les Contamines

75% of the territory in and around Les Contamines is part of the highest Nature Reserve in France. This privilege enables the resort to propose a wide range of
Nordic activities: cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping, snowshoeing, ice climbing and dog sledding. Enjoy the quiet unspoiled scenery amidst fir trees,
streams and clearings.


- 5 cross-country circuits (classic & skating).
- 25km of safe groomed trails equipped with artificial snow-making facilities.
- 1 permanent international biathlon stadium.

- A special initiation area is situated in proximity of the information chalet. Free access
- 1 floodlit slope with free access (enjoy skiing along a 2 km floodlit trail. Open once a week, from 18.00 to 20.00 (from February 19.00 to 21.00). Free access)

- 1 frozen waterfall accessible with or without a professional.
- Snowshoeing trails and footpaths, groomed and signposted (3km of trails)
- Dog sled rides, sleigh rides or snow-shoe excursions.
- Play area & sledging.
- An information chalet and picnic room.
- Restaurants & bars.

Opening dates of the nordic ski area: from 20th December 2014 to the 31st March 2015
1867, route de notre-dame-de-la-gorge - 74170 les contamines-montjoie
tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 10 00


Rates 14/15:

Half-day morning or afternoon
Children/seniors: 3,10€
Adults: 5,80€

Full day
Children/seniors: 3,70€
Adults: 6,90€

Weekly Nordic Pass (6 consecutive days)
Children/seniors: 17€
Adults: 31,50€

Off-piste skiing in Les Contamines

Experienced skiers can try safe off-piste skiing in les Contamines or the surrounding resorts in the company of a professional guide.
Prices from 51 € for a half-day.
Prices non-inclusive of equipment and ski lift passes


Evening skiing in Les Contamines

Free evening skiing*:
If a day on the slopes isn’t enough then extend the pleasure on our floodlit slope. Located at the heart of the village, the Loyers slope is open once a week outside school holiday periods and twice a week during school holidays.
* depending on snow conditions.


Snow-Shoe itineraries in Les Contamines

There are plenty of reasons to enjoy snow-shoeing along the snow covered trails in Les Contamines. It’s great exercise and very relaxing. The local guides and mountain leaders also propose guided outings inclusive of the necessary equipment: 25€ / half-day excursion, 38€/full day. Enjoy snow-shoeing off the beaten track to observe the ibex or approach the glaciers. An evening outing inclusive of dinner is also on the programme.


Snowparks in Les Contamines


These special areas are reserved for amateurs of new sensations, both skiers & snowboarders.

The X-Zone* at the heart of the village is the spot for freestyle fans. The resort is extremely proud of its super-pipe, renowned for its World Cup status.

The X-Zone*, situated on the Tierces slope, at the top of the ski area, is composed of 2 boarder-cross (one for novice skiers and the second for the more experienced).

New Ludoparc*: a fun family circuit on the red Tierces slope.

*Depending on snow conditions


Ski Touring in Les Contamines

From the most accessible itinerary to some of the more prestigious summits, the mountain guides are happy to introduce you to the pleasures of ski touring. For lovers of nature and virgin white landscapes!
Small groups of 2 to 8 people.
Half-day (59 €) or full day (82 €)

Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs
18, route de notre-dame-de-la-gorge - 74170 les contamines-montjoie - tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 10 08 - 

Ski the Valley Blanche
A mythical route below the Aiguille du Midi. The mountain guides are trained to accompany you on this 23km descent across snow covered glaciers. Difference in altitude: 2000m. From 82€
Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs
18, route de notre-dame-de-la-gorge - 74170 les contamines-montjoie - tel. +33 (0)4 50 47 10 08 - 


Historical Snow


Les Contamines Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)


Here is the snow record data for Les Contamines. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.


10 year ski season average:












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Les Contamines

More details
Le Nevez
Sleeps 2-10
The Nevez residence is located in the Lay hamlet, approx 150m from the cable car and a short driving distance from the village centre (1km, 10 minute walk)
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