The Haute Savoie region of France is on the Eastern border of the country in the Alps, flanked by Italy and Switzerland. Haute Savoie is a prime ski location, and is home to Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc, and Chamonix ski resort, which hosted the first Winter Olympics. The region boasts 110 ski resorts, catering for every taste, budget and experience level, with rented chalets and self-catering accommodation to match.
Tourism in Haute Savoie has been traditionally based around ski holidays, but now the breath taking views, walks and extensive range of outdoor activities means that Alpine holidays are popular year round, and rented ski chalets in Haute Savoie are available all year. After a hard day skiing in winter or hiking in summer, the Haute Savoie’s spas offer the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing holiday. Haute Savoie’s fairs and festivals are popular throughout the year, displaying many of the local crafts and food.
Chamonix, (Mont Blanc): the regions most famous ski resort, energetic and rich in tradition, Chamonix offers shopping, restaurants, slopes catering for all levels and varieties of winter sports, mountaineering, and hiking in the summer, mountain biking and exceptional panoramic views.
Annecy: A beautiful, understated town at the tip of Lake Annecy, overlooked by the formidable Annecy Chateau. Explore the city though its canals, and find hidden architecture dating from the 12th Century.
Portes du Soleil: The largest ski area in the world, combines 14 interconnected ski resorts, from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc!! Portes du Soleil caters from the beginner to the expert skiers and snowboarders, with 650km of pistes, providing plenty of choice for your Haute Savoie ski holiday!
Flaine: Situated in a large open snow bowl, Flaine can offer some fantastic snow conditions and sunny days. The village resort is purpose built, with plenty of fun for members of a family who don’t ski, with indoor swimming facilities, ice-skating, saunas, ice-driving, bowling, helicopter tours and paragliding.
The official ski season in Haute Savoie begins in mid-December and officially ends on the 8th May. The ski lifts may open earlier than mid-December if the snow permits.
Breathtaking views and Alpine panoramas mean the region is a hiking hot-spot in the summer. The numerous lakes, including Lake Annecy provide the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, windsurfing or water-skiing in the Alps. Mountaineering, mountain biking, golf and hang-gliding are also popular in the summer activities, all easily accessible from rented chalets or property in Haute Savoie, France.
There is a huge choice of holiday flights to Haute Savoie, France. The area is serviced by Lyon Airport, Chambery Airport and Geneva Airport, just over the Swiss border. British Airways, BMI Baby, Ryanair and easyJet provide services fromLondonGatwick, Manchester, Liverpool, Stansted and other British airports.