THE BIG IDEA... Stan­ford Ski­ing

This Nor­wich-based hol­i­day com­pany has found a won­der­ful place for year-round breaks, as di­rec­tor Eliz­a­beth Cahir ex­plains


Who is Stan­ford Ski­ing?

Stan­ford Ski­ing is a fam­ily-run com­pany, based in Nor­wich, run by my­self with help from my fa­ther, mother and sis­ter. We of­fer ski and sum­mer chalet, self­catered and ho­tel hol­i­days to the pic­turesque, French alpine re­sort of Megeve.

So it’s just win­ter hol­i­days then?

No, sum­mer too. It’s won­der­ful in Megeve in the sum­mer and it can be very hot. It is a very beau­ti­ful re­sort with cob­bled streets and horse-drawn car­riages. There’s loads to do from hik­ing to canyon­ing and paraglid­ing to just re­lax­ing with ‘un verre’ and watch­ing the world go by….

I’m a cy­clist; is there any­thing for me in Megeve?

Yes, loads. Megeve hosted the Tour de France for three days two years ago so, if you’re a road cy­clist, there’s any num­ber of cols that you can tick off – the Col des Aravis, Col de la Colom­bières and the in­fa­mous Col des Saisies to name a few. We have routes on our web­site to give you some ideas.

If you are a moun­tain biker there are sev­eral pur­pose-built sin­gle­tracks in Megeve with rollers, jumps and bridges. I have only been brave enough to try the blue and that was hard enough!.

You can take lifts up to the top with your bike to save on the legs. There are also plenty of wider tracks la­belled ac­cord­ing to dif­fi­culty and you can plan a cir­cu­lar trip. See our web­site for a route map.

This sum­mer we hired out elec­tric moun­tain bikes. You can get to the top so much more easily – great for the kids and the notquite-as-fit-as-you-might-wish adults. You do still have to put in ef­fort but you still have some en­ergy left to en­joy the fan­tas­tic views of Mont Blanc and to face the nerve-wrack­ing down­hill!

What about the fam­ily?

There’s so much to do as a fam­ily. We go ev­ery year and have done since the kids were lit­tle; they’re now 15 and 10 and are re­ally en­joy­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties the moun­tains have to of­fer. You can go hik­ing, white wa­ter raft­ing, paraglid­ing, climb­ing, horse rid­ing and more. There’s a bril­liant high ropes course in Megeve for those who like to get up in the air – my kids love this. We took things a step fur­ther this year and did a Via Fer­rata – a pro­tected climb­ing route with fixed ca­bles – that’s the de­scrip­tion but I have to say I didn’t feel very pro­tected!

It was scary but a huge achievemen­t. We have a list of ev­ery­thing you can do on our web­site. For re­lax­ation, en­joy chill­ing at one of the lakes with amaz­ing views or sun­bathing at the pool in Megeve.

What’s the Big Idea for Stan­ford in the next year?

The Big Idea is to open our su­pe­rior chalet Les Clo­chettes on a catered ba­sis so our guests can en­joy a won­der­ful hol­i­day in Megeve with­out wor­ry­ing about cook­ing. We will help you to book any ac­tiv­i­ties you may wish to do, give you itin­er­ar­ies/maps and we’ll even drop you off/pick you up for your out­ings so you don’t need to bring the car.

Megeve is just 70 min­utes from Geneva air­port and we can trans­fer you from there to the chalet. All guests need to do is to book their flights.

We have been en­joy­ing Megeve in the sum­mer for years as a fam­ily and we feel that it’s about time we gave other peo­ple the chance to fall in love with the place as well!

For more in­for­ma­tion see stan­ford­ski­ or call 01603 477471.

Prices start from £450 per per­son in our catered chalet Les Clo­chettes, ex­clud­ing flights and trans­fers.

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