Built in 2000 to the highest standards and selected by Alistair Sawday in his guidebooks 'Mountains of Europe' and now also in 'Self Catering Places in France', Chalet Kiana is located in a quiet residential area, just 530 metres up from the centre (church) of Les Contamines-Montjoie.
Nestling beside the Mont Blanc Massif and at the end of the Val Montjoie, the village has 120km of piste ski-ing, plus plenty of highly-rated off-piste ski-ing, stunning walking and an impressive range of outdoor activities in summer. Les Contamines is rated by Michelin guidebook ('French Alps') as a 3-star (highest rating) winter sports resort. It has maintained its traditional atmosphere whilst offering a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
Les Contamines is a traditional, Savoyard village which is as popular in the summer as it is in the winter. As well as the downhill ski-ing and snowboarding there is a good cross-country ski area. For non-skiers there is a selection of good walks, and snowshoe expeditions; dog sledding, ski-doo trips and ice-skating are also available. Situated just an hour from Geneva airport, and about 8 hours' drive from Calais, it is easy to reach by air or road. There are also good TGV train links, in the ski season, direct from Paris to St. Gervais-les-Bains le Fayet, a 20-minute taxi ride from the chalet. Megeve is 20 kms away and Chamonix is 33 kms away but Megeve's pistes are easily approached from St. Gervais (10 mins. drive).
Summer activities: Situated at the top of the valley (5 minutes by car, 10 minutes by bike) is a leisure park (Le Pontet) with WTA championship tennis courts, mountain-biking and aerial confidence courses for young people, a rock-climbing school, riding, archery, golf driving, and a small boating lake. A heated swimming lake and 'beach' are there too. Other more vigorous activities, such as rafting and paragliding, are available close by in the Mont Blanc Region. The Tour de France often passes within a short drive from the chalet.
Les Contamines is located in a renowned walking area and the chalet itself is less than 10 minutes' walk from the world famous GR5 and Tour du Mont Blanc routes. All walks in and around the village are well marked and cater for all levels of experience and fitness.
The main chalet has sauna & Jacuzzi, plus sun-facing terraces & balconies. The ground-floor apartment does not have access to the sauna & Jacuzzi unless rented together with the main chalet. The main chalet is graded 4* by the Tourist Office while the apartment rates 3*.
What the price includes: Prices are for self-catered weeks or nights. Sheets & towels are provided but beds are not made up, unless you specifically select this as an additional cost option.
All bedrooms in the main chalet have en-suite bathrooms and balconies. A hair drier is provided in every bathroom. Egyptian cotton towels & linen were all new in 2009.
An open fire in sitting room with logs included. Underfloor heating. Use of sauna and Jacuzzi included (by arrangement) for chalet only. Separate TV room with Apple iMac & wi-fi internet connection.
Ski store with boot warmer.
Price does not include taxe de sejour, which must be paid before leaving, or the security deposit, which must be received before entry is granted.
Geneva-born Englishman with a deep respect for and love of the mountains. UK-based (Staffordshire) owner of Goodfish Limited, a manufacturer of plastic injection-moulded components.
We first came to Chalet Kiana in the summer of 2001, six months after the building had been completed. We loved the chalet and the village so much, we came back every winter (& many summers) after that, until we purchased it from the retiring owners, in Apr-08.
What makes Chalet Kiana so special are its views of the mountains, its exposure to long hours of sunshine, its large ensuite bedrooms (no low roofs in the bedrooms), its open-plan, double-height sitting/dining area, its separate, professional-standard kitchen, its separate media room (TV, DVD & iMac), the Jacuzzi and sauna...and its neighbours.
We are located 530 metres up from the church (centre of the village). The (free) bus stops 70 metres from the front door. This takes you to the lifts in the morning (08.30 last season) and back again in the afternoon (several times)
From centre of St Gervais Les Bains, after the church on your right, follow road round sharp right bend. Take second exit off roundabout, D902, opposite Petit Casino supermarket, following signs for Les Contamines-Montjoie.
Once in Les Contamines, turn left between Bank Populaire and Petit Casino, up route de la Frasse. Go round 2 tight bends (more than 90 degrees) and past the Hotel Clef de Champs on your right, continue round 3 more tight bends, and the track to Chalet Kiana is the second on the left, just below a big, old farm. The number 1073 marks our wooden letterbox.
Other Activities: Windsurfing, rafting and other water activities are 20 minutes drive away
Ski: Located in the Mont Blanc Region, Les Contamines has a great ski area with 120km of uncrowded, well-groomed pistes (most above 1900m) and an excellent snow record. In fact, the snow record is so good that neighbouring resorts like Megeve come to use our pistes late in the season. The pistes are confidence-inspiring for beginners and intermediate skiers. Les Contamines is famous for its off-piste ski-ing, where the sounds of lifts and people disappear! There is a snow park for boarders, and a good selection of mountain restaurants. The slopes are easily accessible with the lifts only a few minutes' drive away. There is an excellent ski school, with English speaking instructors. For the more adventurous the famous Vallee Blanche is within half an hours' drive. Other winter activities available in the village include: ski de fond/Nordic, snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing, curling, ice-skating & dog-sledding.