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Tucked away cosy

chalets to suit most

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LEGGETT MAGAZINE THE ALPS

Summer is a time of

outstanding beauty.

It's truly a hiker's

paradise

ists, followed by mountaineers.

Then skiing started to take off,

and the Alps became the choice

winter destination.

Each member of the

Leggett team lives within their

chosen area and knows it intimately,

which makes a real difference

in the quality of service

they provide. Heather Byrne,

Leggett's Regional Coordinator,

is based in the Three Valleys

(Les Trois Vallées) in Savoie

- the largest skiing area in

Europe. She says there is life all

year long in the Alps:

"Summer is a time of outstanding beauty.

Our landscape

is one of glistening lakes, fast

flowing rivers, great gorges,

heavily wooded slopes and

forests as well as beautiful

grassy plains. You can walk for

hours without seeing another

soul, then turn a corner and find

a waterfall or a panoramic vista

of a picturesque village. It's

truly a hiker's paradise."

Nicky Wye lives between

the spa town of Thonon-lesBains and the ski resort

of

Morzine. She first came to this

area 20 years ago and always

knew she would live here:

"Life is leisurely. The towns

and villages have lost nothing

of their original charm and

Savoyard way of life. And the

Alpine scenery is stunning. The

Portes du Soleil ski country has

resorts such as Morzine/Avonaz

as well as Les Gets, Châtel and

Abondance. There are also lots

of smaller ski stations in La

Vallée Verte.

"It's a winter playground,

with an impressive 650km of

ski slopes. We first came here

in the winter for the skiing, but I

now love the other seasons too.

In summer we have footpaths

for trekking and mountain biking,

and around the ski runs you

can head off into the middle of

nowhere.

"There's a property for

everyone here: from Savoyard

chalets, with their wooden

exteriors and interiors, to new

chalets, mountain village houses and apartments. There's

also

potential to buy a plot of land

and build your own home - all

this, and we're only an hour

away from Geneva international

airport."

Méribel is a purpose-made

ski resort set in the central valley

of the largest ski domain in

the world: Les Trois Vallées.

It boasts 600km of high-altitude,

groomed pistes, of which

snow cannons cover half, and

174 modern lifts.

Theo Camfferman built a

chalet here in the late 1990s;

then he and his wife decided to

make it their permanent home

and raise their family here.

"It's really family friendly.

There are a range of other activities associated

with the best

resorts, including shops and

great après-ski to suit all ages.

We love the frenetic winter

season, with its stylish, international atmosphere.

But we also

love the long, glorious summers

when we walk through the

forests with our kids and collect

wild strawberries.

"The whole place has

been built to strict architectural

codes, with sloping rooflines,

timber and stone cladding. This

makes it a real joy to live here.

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