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GVAAirports. You just want to get in, get out and on your way in the shortest possible time. However Geneva is one of the best run around - it’s a great airport with hidden charms – let me convince you.

Firstly, it has its own large supermarket – Migros. This stocks a great range of hot and cold food, roast chicken, pies and other comestibles. Its bakery products are particularly good. Simply turn left out of arrivals and walk towards the train station, walk past the ticket office and restaurants and you’ll bump into it at the end of the concourse. Sure, it’s a little more expensive than at home but still good value for an airport and it’s open on Sundays. Don’t worry about not having Swiss Francs – just pay by credit card.

The cheapest coffee can be bought at the Montreux Jazz Shop. This is located just to the right as you exit the baggage reclaim hall. Used by all the professional drivers, a couple of Francs gets you a quality bean-to-cup brew. Half the price of the Starbucks in departures if you must have your Seattle favour fix.

If you have time for a meal there’s a good choice of restaurants, particularly if you walk through to the train station and further along the concourse. Better value too.

As you might expect it has free wifi for passengers. Simply select the obvious GVA free wifi from your menu, enter your details and off you go.

Remember that although GVA is in both France and Switzerland, you land in the Swiss sector. Thus, if you use an ATM it will give you Swiss Francs and not Euros, unless stated.

Finally, from my time spent in arrivals, I can confirm the following:-

Firstly, that the people that were most pleased to see each other were not in fact people rather dogs, who went completely bonkers when their owners flew in.

Secondly, that the most popular gift that people bought to welcome travellers was three small cacti presented in a clear cellophane sheet. Nope me neither.

Thirdly, in a typical season, you can expect to see 20 nuns, four Greek orthodox bishops, three Santas, two Elvises and one former Miss France. But that’s a completely different story.

Monsieur Mogul


Monsieur Mogul – Our man in La Plagne

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author

alone and not those of Ice and Fire Ski and Snowboard Holidays

Evolution 2For our guests staying in Chalets Flocon, Edelweiss and Campanules we recommend Evolution2 for your ski lessons. Evolution2 were established in the Haute Tarentaise in 1986 and have been teaching from their bases in Montchavin & Les Coches since 1996.

This season they have 12 fully qualified instructors who all speak English and importantly, they have a maximum group size of eight – which is maintained even in the busy periods - thus, you get lots of 1-2-1 attention as you learn to ski or snowboard.

Group lessons are in the morning and you gather at the meeting point at 9am for the start of the day’s session.

Private lessons are on weekday afternoons and at any time during the weekend for any level of skier.

As with most things it’s best to book in advance, especially for beginner lessons at peak times – New Year and February.

However, they are not just a ski school. In addition, they offer a range of mountain activities from Dog Sledging to a Snowmobile Adventure and a Torchlight Decent to a Night in an Igloo. Full details, times and costs are to be found in this year’s activity brochure.

Booking for lessons & activities is easy; You can do this via our office; simply call (0044 7434 686916) or email Colin and he will assist you.

Alternatively call into their office once in resort. They have offices in both Les Coches and Montchavin.

Happy Skiing!

Monsieur Mogul


Monsieur Mogul – Our man in La Plagne

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author

alone and not those of Ice and Fire Ski and Snowboard Holidays

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