Montchavin is a small farming village in Savoie, France, which has been transformed into a ski resort. Set on the edge of a thick forest in the French Alps, Montchavin was developed just 40 years ago. It is part of the Paradiski, making it part of the second biggest skiing area in the world.
This picturesque town was home to just a dozen or so residents before its regeneration in the 1970s. Montchavin was fairly isolated so its livelihood depended on the local agriculture, making it a miniscule farming village. Since its renovation, Montchavin has still managed to keep its quaint and picturesque attributes, full of cobbled streets and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Reasons why skiers choose Montchavin Ski Resort
As well as having the world’s largest cable car system built in 2003, the resort also offers skiers a total vertical drop of 6562 ft, giving breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Montchavin has 25 kilometres of cross country trails for all levels of skiing or snowboarding experience, although it is very popular with beginner skiers and snowboarders. There is also an 800 m2 artificial ice rink which is accessible via the Montchavin Gondola Lift, providing amusement for all ages. This resort possesses a natural appeal popular for those wanting to book a family skiing holiday, this is in part to the traffic free nature of the village, the abundance of childcare and crèche facilities and the Famille Plus accreditation it has received from the Ski France Organisation. For those after challenging runs why not book a skiing holiday in Tignes.
Facilities and activities
The town offers relaxed nightlife with one nightclub and a few bars and restaurants, there is also a supermarket and laundry facilities, however there are more amenities in the nearby town of Les Coches, which is accessible by bus and ski lift. The resort offers a range of daytime activities, such as paragliding, dog sledding and a large Aquatic complex with a pool, sauna and whirlpool baths.