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Thollon les Memises

In a superb setting overlooking Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, this year round traditional Savoyard village resort in true Alpine style, set on a plateau at an altitude of 1000m, has a friendly atmosphere and is an ideal resort for families looking to purchase a ski apartment or chalet. Thollon les Memises combines perfectly, rural mountain village with friendly bars, restaurants, shops, ski shuttle, crèche (6months to 6 years), ski school (including children from age 4) and is the only ski area from which you can see the whole of Lake Geneva. The spectacular panoramic views have given the resort a mention in the highly rated Michelin Guide and the village its other name, 'Le Balcon du Leman'

Offering great skiing to 2000m via its 18 lifts with a capacity of 12,500 skiers an hour, the 10 snow cannons across the 50km of skiable terrain (16 slopes - Beginner 10%, Intermediary 25%, Advanced - 65%), supplement the natural snow fall. Within easy access of Italy, Switzerland and other major ski resorts including Bernex (4km), Abondance (11km), La Chapelle d'Abondance (11km) and Les Pleiades (17km), for those wanting to spend the day skiing in the world famous 650km Portes du Soleil, the resort of Chatel is just 15km away. The new snow park and junior park for boarders has opened winter 2010/11 and will include all the usual, jumps, kickers, half pipes for all levels. In addition to the skiing, there are 6km of marked cross country trails and a number of snow shoe tracks to follow.

Summer also brings many sporting activities with 100km of locally marked walking and mountain biking trails thanks to the telecabine running throughout the summer months. The beautiful Spa town of Evian les Bains with golf, sailing, shops, casino, restaurants, thermal baths and spa, beaches and boat trips to Switzerland (Lausanne, Geneva and Montreux) is just 15 minutes away.

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The Portes du Soleil at Chatel becomes 850 miles of unrestricted, sign-posted footpaths for hiking and colour coded tracks to match ski slope degree of difficulty for mountain biking. Other summer activities in the area include swimming lakes complete with beach, tennis, climbing, white water rafting, canyoning, abseiling, adventure park, horse riding, caving, paragliding, microlight’s, mini golf, paintball, quad bikes, fishing, library and hot air ballooning all on offer.

Being a dual resort, if you are looking to rent your chalet or apartment to cover some of the costs, the resort offers great potential throughout the winter and summer periods thanks to its local activities as well as those further afield. In particular those weeks of Christmas/ New Year, the 4 weeks of February and July/August, generate rental returns at a premium

Getting to Thollon les Memises is easy. With Geneva airport just an hour away (50km), the short transfer times from the airport make owning a property here an ideal location. For those wishing to drive, the resort is easy to reach and is just 600 km from Paris. Those not wanting to drive or fly, a train station at Evian-les-Bains has direct links with Paris via Bellegarde and direct TGV to Evian from Paris during the peak winter and summer periods on weekends. The short taxi ride can be arranged through the local taxis.

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With excellent prices on chalets and apartments compared to other parts of the French Alps, this is an excellent place to purchase your French property. Should you wish to visit any of the Thollon les Memises properties being marketed, we would be happy to assist you with arrangements including hotel recommendations on where to stay. Please contact us for more information

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