10 outdoor activities en famille (apart from ski alpin!) this winter au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Last winter season, with the remontées mécaniques shut in France, many of us took to new winter sports . . . ski rando had never been so popular, and sledging was a regular outing! Living 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, even without ski alpin, there are still a multitude of activities around to enjoy ❄️ in wintertime en famille. For now, we’re being told that … Continue reading 10 outdoor activities en famille (apart from ski alpin!) this winter au Pays du Mont-Blanc

CHRISTMASTIME chez vous au Pays du Mont-Blanc

This is a whole article dedicated to 🎄 Christmastime chez vous au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and you’ll find information about : 🎄 where to buy your own Christmas tree locally; ✨ where to buy your Christmas decorations locally; ✉️🎅 where to post your letters to Santa; 📦 Les Boites de Noël – Secours Populaire; 🎨 some ideas for Christmas craft chez vous; ⇒ for more … Continue reading CHRISTMASTIME chez vous au Pays du Mont-Blanc

SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (winter season 2021 / 2022)

There are plenty of ⛷ SPORTS EVENTS for families & children au Pays du Mont-Blanc over the ❄️ winter season, both in the participating and spectating mode! In this article, you will first find information about: 🏃‍♀️ winter trail running (sometimes on ❄️ snow!) events; ⛷ biathlon, ski rando & ski alpin and snowboard races and competitions; ❄️ fun runs and obstacle races in the snow; 🛷 sledging, paret … Continue reading SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (winter season 2021 / 2022)

Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, forest and a parcours d’orientation (SERVOZ)

Did you know that there were 🏰 castle ruins in 🏔 the Chamonix Valley? You’ll find the ruins of the 🏰 Château de Saint-Michel, a 14th century fortress built under the orders of Béatrix de Savoie, dame de Faucigny, in Servoz. The 🏰 castle ruins sit on a hilltop (860m), surrounded by trees, and the only remaining vestiges are the tower and parts of the wall, now covered in vegetation (especially verdant in summertime!). … Continue reading Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, forest and a parcours d’orientation (SERVOZ)

FAMILY HIKES: Sentier des Arpelières (VAL d’ARLY)

A couple of 🍁 Novembers ago, MBFF set off on a short hike that I’d been wanting to do for a while: Le Sentier des Arpelières in Crest-Voland (or Les Saisies), Val d’Arly. I have hiked all over the world, but – hand on heart – 🍁 the autumn colours and 🍄 the magical nature of the terrain on this hike make this 🍂 one … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Sentier des Arpelières (VAL d’ARLY)

10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSES au TRÉSOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🗺 Outdoor games can be a great way to keep the family entertained while exploring, or used as an educational approach to learning about one of our mountain villages or towns here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc.  These 🗺 outdoor games take all sorts of different forms:  🦌 thematic trails to learn about the local patrimoine or nature & animals; 🗺 informative booklets & maps … Continue reading 10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSES au TRÉSOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

FAMILY HIKES: boucle from Lintre ⇒ la Pierre Fendue (SALLANCHES)

This boucle is one of my favourite Sallanches hikes. I’ve actually yet to do it en famille, but I’ve now hiked it a few times with friends, and I know that it would be the perfect family hike with older kids (even younger ones, if they are good hikers!).  There is not a huge dénivelé on this hike (the steepest part is at the start), … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: boucle from Lintre ⇒ la Pierre Fendue (SALLANCHES)

AUTUMN AGENDA au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🍁 AUTUMN is my favourite time of year . . . all of a sudden, one notices that there are some shades of 🍂 orange, brown and gold on the otherwise 🍃 green palette of trees . . . 🍂 the odd brown leaf flutters to the ground, and soon there is a crunchy carpet underfoot . . . 🍁 autumn is the perfect season … Continue reading AUTUMN AGENDA au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

TÉLÉCABINE du JAILLET in summertime: aire de jeux panoramique, relaxation zone, hikes & activities (Megève)

With the Télécabine du Jaillet (Megève, Portes du Mont-Blanc) , you can swiftly get up to ⛰ the altitude 1585m, while exerting minimal energy! And, at the arrival station, so much FUN awaits : the aire de jeux panoramique, a chill-out zone, a superb view of Mont-Blanc, picnic spots (and a restaurant option a short stroll away) and plenty of 🥾 hikes and 🚵‍♂️ VTT … Continue reading TÉLÉCABINE du JAILLET in summertime: aire de jeux panoramique, relaxation zone, hikes & activities (Megève)

ARLY-PLAGE: the perfect spot for splashing & paddling ! (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

Last summer, on ☀ a very hot day, I finally ventured to 💦 Arly-Plage for some river fun with the boys . . .  We’d visited 🌈 the Base de Loisirs des Belles several times, and we’d been ⛷ skiing in Praz-sur-Arly, but we’d never gone for 💦 a paddle and a splash around in the shallow Arly river! Arly-Plage: splashing fun The 💦 Arly … Continue reading ARLY-PLAGE: the perfect spot for splashing & paddling ! (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

Téléphérique du Salève – a day out with superb views of Lac Léman & the Alps! (Etrembières)

[ autumn 2021 update: 🚠 the Téléphérique du Salève is now SHUT for a huge 2 year long renovation programme . . . but you can still visit the iconic ⛰ Salève mountain, either by driving up there or by hiking up / the 🚠 cable car is due to re-open in 2023 ! ] A couple of weekends back, MBFF was kindly invited by … Continue reading Téléphérique du Salève – a day out with superb views of Lac Léman & the Alps! (Etrembières)

WATERFALLS & GORGES au Pays du Mont-Blanc

A visit to a 💦 waterfall or gorge is often an awe-inspiring and sensory experience, allowing you to appreciate nature in its wildest, purest form. It can also be a great option for a family hike, or a chance to escape ☀️ the heat of summer, with a cool breeze and brume emanating from the cascade of water. We are lucky 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as we … Continue reading WATERFALLS & GORGES au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Cascade du Rouget (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL)

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval (Vallée du Giffre) is known as 💦 the land of 30 waterfalls, and 💦 la Cascade du Rouget figures prominently on that list; in 2009 was voted the most beautiful waterfall 🇫🇷 in France! It is affectionately referred to as 👑 « la reine des Alpes » (the Queen of the Alps). Located at an altitude of 960m, and with its +80m of height set across two … Continue reading La Cascade du Rouget (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL)

FAMILY HIKES: Lacs des Ilettes, la Cascade de l’Arpenaz & Luzier

This Sallanches hike is ideal any time of year (except on an icy winter’s day!); in 🌸 early springtime, many of our 🗻 higher (and even mid-range) altitude mountain hikes are still snow-covered, but the paths on this trail should be snow-free; in autumn, the colours are just spectacular! The hike (which is also 🚵‍♂️ a bike trail) is ideal for families for several reasons: … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Lacs des Ilettes, la Cascade de l’Arpenaz & Luzier

10 activities for families & children over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

MBFF had been planning a week away over 🌸 the spring holidays – April would normally have us travelling to our beloved 🇮🇹 Toscana – but Macron’s announcement last week for a 3rd confinement, with a 10km limit to travel, has somewhat scuppered those plans, and we shall now be remaining in-situ!  However, as places to spend confinement, 🗻 le Pays du Mont-Blanc is a pretty … Continue reading 10 activities for families & children over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

EASTER CHOCOLATE: chocolatiers artisanaux au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

How do you celebrate 🐣 Easter? Do you organise 🐣 a little Easter egg hunt in your garden or in a local park? Here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we live on the border with 🇨🇭 Switzerland, one of the most famous chocolate producing nations in the world! Those 🐄 happy alpine cows produce 🥛 a rich creamy milk, perfect to mix with cacao, to … Continue reading EASTER CHOCOLATE: chocolatiers artisanaux au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

BUGGY WALKS & FAMILY STROLLS: La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)

🏞 La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac in Doussard is a tranquil 🐸 wetland area, with marshes, 💦 rivers and 🌾 unique flora and 🦆 fauna, offering superb views of 💦 Lac d’Annecy and 🏔 the surrounding mountains. For 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 families, it is ideal: wide wooden walkways perfect for buggies or wheelchairs, 🗺 explanatory panels along the way . . . children will remain engaged and you’ll all learn … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS & FAMILY STROLLS: La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)

YVOIRE – a lakeside family day out ! (Lac Léman)

Yvoire is 🎣 a 14th century medieval fishing village, located on the southern shores of the 🇫🇷 French coast of 💦 Lac Léman. Known as « la perle du Léman » and classified as one of the « plus beaux villages de la France » (see here), with its narrow streets filled with pretty stone buildings, their wooden balconies overflowing with 🌺 flowers, Yvoire attracts a fair … Continue reading YVOIRE – a lakeside family day out ! (Lac Léman)

BUGGY WALKS: 10 winter buggy walks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Are you beginning to feel frustrated with the beautiful ❄️ SNOW, as it is restricting your movements with a buggy? Are you tired of heading to 💦 Lac de Passy (lovely as it may be!) to do loop after loop with a buggy, because you are in need of some ground without ❄️ SNOW ? I’m sure you’re not alone! On this note, I was lucky during the buggy years, … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS: 10 winter buggy walks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

BAPTÊME SNOOC au DOMAINE des PLANARDS (Chamonix)

In March 2020, the week before life was to change across the world due to Covid-19, a friend and I had a super morning in Chamonix: we had been invited to try out the 🛷 snooc au ❄ Domaine des Planards! At the time, the ❄ Domaine des Planards was the only ski station 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc set up to use it safely. … Continue reading BAPTÊME SNOOC au DOMAINE des PLANARDS (Chamonix)

FOODTRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (2021)

Over the last few years, 🥗 FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS have multiplied 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and have become welcome additions to our mountain playground. You may have spotted them over the years – in ❄️ wintertime, on the ⛄️ fronts de neige and on the ⛷ ski pistes, by 🚡 télécabines and télésièges departure and arrival points, along main roads in designated spots, or perhaps a slot at … Continue reading FOODTRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (2021)

SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille . . .  Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with 🥃 a vin chaud stand or a small 🎄 Christmas market! [ ⇒ for more information about … Continue reading SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

Here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we live on the border with 🇨🇭 Switzerland, one of the most famous chocolate producing nations in the world! Those 🐄 happy alpine cows produce 🥛 a rich creamy milk, perfect to mix with cacao, to form delicious chocolate . . .  But here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we also have a rich tradition of artisan chocolate-making, which … Continue reading CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2021 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

At 🎄 Christmastime, we are spoiled 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) with 🎄 fabulous Christmas and holiday events ! In this article, you will find information about: 🎄 the lighting of town and village CHRISTMAS TREES (illuminations du sapin) in December; ✨ dazzling holiday light shows & illuminations; 🎄 big Christmas events; 🎄 local Christmas events – Santa’s arrival, spectacles, storytelling etc . . . 🎶 Christmas … Continue reading CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2021 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

MBFF’s suggestions for BUYING LOCALLY this CHRISTMAS

It’s that time of year: 🎄 the Christmas trees and lights are going up in the centre of towns and villages, and we are beginning to think of 🎁 gifts for family and friends! Here, chez MBFF, we will be writing our 🎅✉️ letters to Santa very soon! (We’ve all been very good. Mostly.) And I am keen to support local businesses as best as … Continue reading MBFF’s suggestions for BUYING LOCALLY this CHRISTMAS