Combloux is located in the South East of France in the Haute-Savoie area of the Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes region, this popular ski resort is a little gem in a mountain village in the French Alps. This scenic French ski resort is known as the Pearl of Mont Blanc or “Le Perle du Mont Blanc”, due to a full view of the majestic Mont-Blanc being ever present and domineering. It lies just 4km (2.5 miles) from Megève and 30km (19 miles) from Chamonix which is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and holds the prestigious title of where the very first Winter Olympics was held in 1924. Before Combloux became a popular skiing resort, it was a traditional mountain village with farming being its main economy, which still exists today within the local community. There are stone and wooden chalets dotted throughout this pretty idyllic village, with permanent residents numbering just over 2000 making the resort itself small and intimate.
Combloux shares its skiing area with Megève, Saint-Gervais, Les Contamines, and La Giettaz, as a part of the “Evasion Mont-Blanc”, giving it a total of 445 km of skiable pistes. In Combloux itself, there are over 100km of piste, with 35 lifts to take you up into the ski area; it was also the first French commune to install a lift in 1936. If you’re a novice on the slopes, ski lessons are available as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing. The area of Combloux is 17.27 km2 (6.67 sq miles) which make it a perfect little retreat. It is situated 980 metres above sea level and the closest airport to Combloux is Annecy-Haute-Savoie-Mont Blanc Airport which is 41.6km (25.9 miles) from Combloux. However, the easiest airport for foreign visitors will be Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is 55.6km (34.5 miles) which is approximately an hour’s drive away. Combloux is 542 miles by autoroute (seven and a half hours) from Calais. It is relatively unknown to English holidaymakers and 90% of visitors are French so if you want to be engrossed in all things French, this is the place for you!
Combloux is also a very popular summer destination too, it is an ideal destination for mountain biking and hiking, where one can take in the spectacular views. It also boasts the first ecological lake for swimming in France. Open during the summer months and heated by the wonderful summer sun and there are numerous excursions within the area, a visit to the house of fairy tales, paragliding or explore the gorges and canyons. In Combloux, you can indulge in a multitude of leisure activities or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and delicious local cuisine. Eating in Combloux is a delight as it is everywhere in France, home to wonderful fresh bread and the most delicious cheeses, you won’t go hungry! Dine on Savoie cheeses, tartiflette, raclette and everyone’s favourite cheese fondue. Wash it all down with an array of classic wines or beers whichever is your choice.
It’s not only skiing that visitors go to Combloux for they also look forward to what happens after the days skiing is over. Après ski is part and parcel of the whole experience and it’s nice to chill and relax after a full day on the slopes. It’s also true to say that many visitors holiday at these ski resorts because they love the great outdoors and the nightlife. As this is a quieter resort its ideal for families as nightlife in Combloux is not as busy as some of the larger resorts, there are plenty of restaurants and bars and families also like to stay in their rented villa or own home some s and enjoy a BBQ. The restaurants in the area cater for all tastes from French, European and Italian dishes, there is fine dining to gastro pubs and delis. The bars also offer everything from delicious snacks and some offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This lovely ski resort offers great skiing in a wonderful village with a laid back atmosphere. Forget the hustle and bustle of some of the more trendy resorts this resort will give you the feel good factor you can enjoy whether you’re a couple with your family or a group of friends. The vibe is very much about kicking back and taking in the views of this pretty village, the scenery is breathtaking and it retains its village atmosphere. Why not give Combloux a try this year? You won’t be sorry!