Off Season Travel to Ski Resort [Megeve]

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Warren Miller film has been a tradition in our family for the past 4 years. The tour makes a stop in Minneapolis every year at the end of October, and once again, we could not miss this years’ film Chasing Shadows. The ambiance is “bon-enfant”. The crowd is cheering at images showing really good skiers who are pushing the limits of the sports. One of the segments featured Chamonix, home of the Mont Blanc [Not to be mistaken with the pen].

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When it come to skiing, I am far from a dare devil, but I enjoy the sport. This past fall, I took my boyfriend to Megeve, just a step away from Chamonix. He did not really understand why I would do that. “A ski resort without snow is worthless”, were his words. I would admit it rained the entire time we were there. The ceiling was so low we could not see the Mont Blanc that was, I think, right there. Summer season was over, ski season was still a couple of months away, and 95% of the town was closed. Personally I enjoyed the visit. I don’t think we saw more than a hand-full of people in the streets. We had the town to ourselves.

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Where to stay?

Well that’s another pleasure we did not get to enjoy. I wanted to stay at La Chaumine, a cozy and convivial Bed & Breakfast of 11 rooms close to downtown. It used to be an old farm that was converted into a hotel 20 years ago. The grand children took over the management of the hotel recently. The rain got to us I guess, and we decided to go back into the valley instead.

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What to eat?

The traditional Raclette is THE dish to have. The Reblochon is the cheese specialty from the region that is used to make it. A dish made of melted cheese served with boiled potatoes, small pickles called cornichons and charcuterie.

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The Megeve Tourism office located in the center of the village was open. YEAH! We ventured inside to find out where I could find a store that sells “Bol D’air Pur” from Pure Altitude, a product I saw online, made in the region. I wanted to see what this product was all about. The person working at the desk was not very friendly, she barely acknowledged us. Too many visitors, I guess [a little bit of sarcasm here]. I did not find it. { Sad Face}.

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We’ll have to come back, but this time, when we can enjoy it. Thankfully, my hometown is only 2 hours away. I just don’t think I can drag my boyfriend back again if there is no snow.

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