investments in the ski area; Shortlisted in the ‘World Snow Awards’ for ‘Gastronomic resort of the Year’; chalet renovations; activities in the valley. Here’s what’s new for this winter…
On the slopes
The ski area will see some major improvements this winter. Firstly, the snowmaking system will include more efficient, ‘low pressure’ snow cannons to better equip the lower slopes, ensuring people can return to the village on skis. Secondly, Saint Martin’s legendary piste, ‘Jerusalem’, will include an alternative ‘blue’ run for intermediate skiers. Investments amount to 1.8 million Euros.
Saint Martin is a resort where amazing restaurants are whispered about like precious secrets. From the ‘ferme-auberge’, which uses its own produce, to the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, the temptations are plentiful and absolutely delicious. It therefore only seems natural that the resort be shortlisted for the ‘World Snow Awards’ as ‘Gastronomic Resort of the Year’. The World Snow Awards, presented by Telegraph Ski and Snowboard, honour the very best in the world of skiing and snowboarding. Saint Martin de Belleville is the best gastronomic resort of the year.
Cocooning in a chalet
Constructed from the timber frames of renovated farms or newly built, the range of chalets available in Saint Martin is constantly diversifying. White Mountain Chalets is offering two new chalets in the village of Villarabout, Aralia and Aphylla, each boasting high quality services for a fantastic getaway. In the village of Saint Martin, Home by U is building two new chalets, providing 3 rental accommodation options, in keeping with the “arty” mountain style embodied by its first properties.
Never ones to lack a project, René and Maxime Meilleur have re-invested in their business once again and this winter are proud to offer extended and enhanced reception, lounge and restaurant areas, a mountainside-facing terrace, renovated rooms boasting a modern mountain atmosphere, as well as two new suites: Augustine and Chalet Sophie. The La Bèla Vya spa has also been revamped and will now feature an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and sensory experience shower, as well as original treatments created by La Bouitte: ‘the Solant’ Alpine hay-infused steam bath, and ‘the Bain de Marie’ using milk and honey.
Serge and Susan welcome visitors to La Trantsa farm to sell their Tomme cheese and ewe’s milk yoghurts. Once a week, they also hold a ‘trantsa’ tasting, a Belleville speciality made from ‘sérac’ skimmed milk cheese and rye bread. These tastings are available during snowshoe sessions, which combine the joys of a hike through the heart of nature with sampling local produce.
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Finally, the L’Écurie chalet, housed in a former Belleville barn dating from 1885 and superbly renovated in 2015, is a contender in the “Best Ski Chalets” category in the 2016 World Ski Awards. Awarded by tourism professionals and clients, the World Ski Awards rewards excellence in wintersports tourism.