Combloux Transfers

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Booking a Mountain Drop-offs transfer from Geneva Airport direct to Combloux will see you arriving at your door in just under an hour.

Combloux may not be one of the 'big names' in ski resorts, but this sunny balcony rewards visitors with amazing 360 degree panoramic views that even Victor Hugo declared to be 'A pearl in the Alps'.

Every which way you turn there are mountains, as Combloux looks out towards the Mont Blanc Massif, the Aravis, the Fiz and the Aiguilles Rouges for very impressive vistas. Why not come and and see for yourself what Combloux has to offer?

Combloux Activities

- Check out the inflatable/soft play wonderland that is 'L'Igloo de Baloo' at La Cry. Kids will love sliding, jumping and climbing all over these kid-friendly modules. In summer the 160m2 fun park moves to the Place du Village so youngsters can play in the sunshine. Free access.

- Lift the lid on farming culture. In 1942 there were 134 working farms, today there 26. The tourist office organises 'gouter' (teatime) at the farm all year round, some with horse and carriage transport there and back, in both modern and traditional farms. You can also visit them at milking or cheese-making time by yourself. And you've got to try the milk fresh from the cow!

- Stay in a bubble in the mountains - these transparent igloo-style bubbles are just a three minute walk from civilisation, but offer a ridiculously romantic setting for stargazing over the Mont Blanc Massif and enjoying those famous Combloux 360 views at night. This is glamping at its best with all mod cons 

- Handiski for wheelchairs users - Combloux is championing access to activities for people with physical disabilities with blue badge car parking right on the pistes and a piste map that indicates the lifts and pistes accessible to Handiski skiers. More information from ESF who has several qualified instructors to take Handiski lessons

- Discover the story of granite. Back in the lat 19th and early 20th century there was an influx of Italian miners to work the Combloux granite and there's a 1km signposted walk called 'Sur les traces de graniteurs' that tells the story. These days there are still four artisans in Combloux, including Laurenzio Pierre et Fils, who crafts superb gifts out of the local granite - including made in Combloux granite drink cooler 'ice' cubes!

And finally, a word on summer time in Combloux



You will probably discover Combloux for the first time in winter for a skiing holiday and you'll think it's great, but come back in the summer and you'll totally fall in love with the place. Farm visits, hiking trails and mountain biking aside, the jewel in Combloux's crown is the Ecological Mountain Lake (the 'Plan d'eau biotope' in French).

Opened to great success in 2002, this lake was the first biological lake in France. Much copied since, the idea is remarkably simple. Over 10,000 species of flora and fauna do their natural thing to filter and keep the water clean, aided by a stream, waterfall and water fountain. It's 100% organic and there are no chemicals used, but the water is of the highest quality for all ages to swim in.

The Plan d'Eau, covering over 1500m2 and with a grassy beach boasting those superb views, is a runaway success with visitors travelling miles and miles to visit this delightful lake perched on its sunny balcony. So much so that guest numbers are limited to 700 per day, so you're advised to book online for the Plan d'Eau in advance to be sure of gaining entry.

Once you're in you can stay all day. there's a cafe and restaurant on site and picnics are allowed. Parasols can be hired for a small fee and you can even book swimming lessons for children from the age of five and a half. Entry is around 5€ for adults, 4€ for 5-14 year olds and free for bubbas aged up to and including four years old.

And of course, as well as operating ski transfers to Combloux in winter, Mountain Drop-offs offers private transfers to those wanting to discover Combloux in all its summer mountain glory too.
 
 

 

Combloux Destination Guide

The making of a ski resort

The village of Combloux was first noted in a charter of 1284 and mentions of the original church date back to 1344, when 'La combe des loups' (the valley of the wolves) was a farming community high above the valley floor, but on an important route for travellers. The first tourists were, surprise surprise, the Brits, keen to take in the views and the mountain air staying at the Grand Hotel du Mont Blanc, which opened its doors in 1912.

During the 1920s tourism in the summer to Combloux became increasingly popular with its stunning glacier backdrop that had previously charmed Victor Hugo. The village started to attract aristocracy, politicians and influential French facilities alike and by 1935, the very first ski lift opened, marking Combloux's foray into winter season tourism, thanks to the PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean) train company who ran the hotel and the lift.

War halted development and it wasn't until 1949 that commune of Combloux decided to re-open the lift and really started expanding Combloux as the friendly 'Portes du Mont Blanc' (gateway to Mont Blanc) ski resort, which has become a collective of local ski resorts.

Modern day Combloux in winter

The Portes du Mont Blanc is now made up of Combloux, le Jaillet (the slopes on the southern side of Megeve) and La Giettaz (actually over the 'border' in Savoie), which are all linked by lifts and pistes, as well as neighbouring Cordon, which is not linked.

With one lift pass you can explore 100km of pistes and if that's not enough for you, you can expand your skiing horizons by going for an Evasion Mont Blanc pass that gives you access to all the Portes du Mont Blanc resorts, as well as Megeve, St Gervais and Les Contamines too, all of which are within 10 - 20 minutes of Combloux, connected by ski buses.

Great facilities for families

And although the skiing locally won't tire out the very advanced skiers, it's a great choice for a good value ski holiday, especially families. Unlike pretty much every ski resort we've ever been to, there are lots of excellent picnic facilities around, with outdoor benches to make the most of those amazing views.

There's also a superb picnic room at the bottom of the main Beauregard chair at La Cry snow front, complete with microwave and drinks machines, so you certainly aren't obliged to buy the most expensive spaghetti bolognaise of your life in the mountains restaurants. Having said that, there are some delightful, family-owned and run mountain restaurants that serve good value tasty food that are sure to tempt you to take a pit stop.

Despite being a smaller resort, it's not a case of drag lifts everywhere, as Combloux boasts three chairlifts to get you up the mountain with ease. Unless you are a confident skier or boarder, we wouldn't recommend the Bouchet drag from the lower part of the village, it's better to head straight to La Cry snow front (regular, free ski shuttles take you there) and start your skiing from there.

Snow-sure Combloux

Now you might think that with La Cry being at just 1183m, the resort struggles with snow coverage. But the pistes are on tree-lined prairies, so the resort only needs 30cm-ish of snow to be able to open, as you won't be taking out big chunks of your skis with rocks - there aren't any! The commune has also invested a lot in snow cannons, in order to make sure the liaison pistes linking Combloux to the fellow Portes du Mont Blanc resorts stay open as long as possible.

Kids are well-catered for with the Loupiots creche for babies from three months to six years right on the snow front at La Cry and the fact that the Portes du Mont Blanc lift pass is free for under fives. The ski school in Combloux works with the nursery to offer a variety of lesson/creche combinations too.

All in all, Combloux is a great place for a relaxed family ski holiday away from the crowds and lift queues and remember, being a very quick and easy transfer from Geneva Airport, it means you can maximise your time on the slopes and minimise your travel time with Mountain Drop-offs.

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