mountain action, alpine relaxation


Cross country skiing or Nordic skiing as it can also be called is hugely popular in the Savoy region of France and in particular around Fontaines, Nave. World class cross country ski trails are on the doorstep of Chalet Savoie Faire and all runs are well marked. Not for nothing do the Nordic ski trails around this beautiful area have a worldwide reputation amongst those in the know!

The cross country ski trails of Naves are situated on the sunny side of the Beaufortain and offer an amazing 43km of traditional and skating pistes over two plains.There are pistes and trails available for all levels including beginners to this fast growing sport.

Ski and boot hire is available in the village of Grands Naves and Nikki and Hugh can help organise all your equipment hire.

Indeed Naves is home to the Maison de la Montagne, the areas cross country skiing centre. Here you can not only hire all the necessary equipment but also area access badges. Knowledgeable, English speaking, local guides can also be booked with prior notice.

After a good work out on the cross country trails why not enjoy the benefits of the local thermal springs or ask Nikki to arrange a relaxing massage ensuring that you’re in good shape for the following days exertions!

At the end of a day on the Nordic pistes there can be no better way of relaxing than returning to Chalet Savoie Faire and all the warmth, comfort and luxury it offers. Enjoy an aperitif in front of the fire before dining in the stunning vaulted dining room. This former Savoyard barn has been lovingly restored by Hugh into a luxury mountain bed and breakfast.


Organic black beluga lentil salad

Eat lentils because firstly they are tasty and secondly you reap their health benefits, so liven up your menus and surprise your taste buds with these delicious protein packed black beluga lentils.  These little beads resemble caviar, they are rich in protein and...

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It’s freezing, what are we eating? – Raclette

It's winter, it's cold, it's wet, you need comfort food to keep you going - well then, I have just the answer, it's called raclette CHEESE! A few facts about raclette, the iconic alpine cheese, it's a rich and mild semi-hard cheese. Plain and natural, it's a cows...

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Orange , almond & polenta cake

Orange, almond & polenta cake This is an easy and light recipe, that can be used as a dessert or afternoon tea. Best eaten on the day, as it tends to dry out after 12 hours. Serves 10 Ingredients 250g unsalted butter 4 large free range eggs 250g caster sugar 140g...

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Roquefort, walnut & pumpkin tart

Roquefort, walnut & pumpkin tart Serves 8   Ingredients 1 leek, washed, chopped finely 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1kg butternut pumpkin, deseeded 1 roll puff pastry 250g Roquefort cheese 2 red onions, peeled, chopped finely handful parsley, washed, finely...

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Roasted winter vegetables

Roasted winter vegetables on a pumpkin disk Serves 6 Ingredients 2kg butternut pumpkin 2 purple organic carrots 1 red onion, chopped into 8 wedges 1 small fennel bulb, sliced in 1cm strips 1 small eggplant, sliced into 1cm strips 4 garlic cloves, whole 1 red pepper,...

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Carrot, ginger and orange soup

Sometimes the most nourishing foods are the most simple and easy to make. This soup is a 5 minute wonder, full of flavour and goodness, I call it my bowl of sunshine. Carrot, ginger and orange soup  Serves 8 Ingredients 2 tbsp unsalted butter 7 large carrots, peeled...

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