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La Chapelle d'Abondance - a special place to ski

If you are a skiing fan who is looking for a really special place to settle for the ski season... and maybe beyond... La Chapelle d'Abondance could be right up your street. Or mountain. This little village, which has only just over 700 permanent inhabitants, is a genuine Alpine farming village with a traditional Savoyard heart, as well as a ski village with access to some of Europe's best skiing.

Pretty as a picture

The wooden chalet style houses fit the picture perfectly, and the sound of tinkling cow bells is never far away, as the lovely dark brown Abondance cows wander freely, seeking out the sweetest grass from which they produce the milk for the famed Abondance cheeses.

Small and friendly resort with good facilities

La Chapelle d'Abondance is small and friendly in style rather than hip and buzzing, and this makes it ideal for families. It does however, have plenty of facilities for both necessities and fun, with a selection of shops (including ski hire shops) and couple of small supermarkets, a few bars and four of what are generally considered to be the best restaurants in the region. This is definitely a resort for those with discerning tastes!

Great skiing and so much more

The village has access to one of the world's biggest and best ski areas, and this stretches across the border into Switzerland. You can ski on or off piste, follow cross country trails or snowshoe walk, or take the gondola and chair lifts to access some of the most amazing views you will ever see. In summer you can rock climb, white water raft, go canyoning, go horse-riding or simply enjoy walking in the spectacular mountain scenery.

How to get there

The nearest airports with direct flights to and from the UK are situated at Geneva and Lyon. Geneva is served by British Airways, Aer Lingus, easyJet, flybe and Jet2, while Lyon is served by Air France, British Airways, bmi, easyJet and bmibaby. The train is another great way to travel to the area as the Eurostar "ski special" runs all the way from England to Bourg St Maurice or Moutiers. If you are driving from Paris, follow the A6 motorway to Lyon.

Property prices and availability in and around La Chapelle d'Abondance

Alpine property is rarely cheap, at least not in the sense that property in areas like Limousin or parts of Gascony can be cheap. It is, however, cheaper to buy property in a village such as this than in some of the higher level and more high profile resorts such as Chamonix and Les Gets. The traditional wooden chalets of La Chapelle d'Abondance are built in true Savoyard style and make attractive and comfortable homes.

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La Chapelle d'Abondance AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS La Chapelle d'Abondance?

La Chapelle d'Abondance is located in the east of France, in the French Alps. It lies in the north-east of the Haute-Savoie department, close to its department's border with Switzerland.

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Population: 731

Access: By air: Fly to Geneva or Lyon. By rail: Eurostar's "ski special" will get you all the way from England to Bourg St Maurice or Moutiers. By road: The A6 auto route runs from Paris to Lyon. La Chapelle d'Abondance is accessed from the D22.

Economy: The economy is based on mountain tourism and farming.

Interesting fact: The delicious Abondance cheese, produced exclusively in the region, was first made by monks. The village has a religious sanctuary where monks continue the cheese making tradition to this day.


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