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Hire ski kit from Ski Concept next to the Chamois lift (+33 (0)4 50 58 91 21), and take to the intermediate slopes. Head to the Place de la Résistance and admire the town views while you swoosh around the outdoor skating rink (2pm–8pm daily). Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town and into the valley – there’s a ‘pony rank’ in the main square. For an eagle’s-eye view of the valley, book a hot-air-balloon ride with Alpes Montgolfière (+33 (0)4 50 55 50 60). Le Lodge Park’s excellent concierge can organise skiing jaunts, trips to local swimming pools, ice-rinks and gyms, helicopter rides, heliskiing, paragliding and more.
Visit Le Lodge Park’s sister hotel, Les Fermes de Marie on Chemin de Riante Colline, for its dining room: Le Restaurant Traditional (+33 (0)4 50 93 03 10; www.fermesdemarie.com). The hearty mountain menu includes veal sweetbreads with liquorice and wine; sea bream with citrus sauce, fennel and artichokes, and local cheeses with cherry jam and crusty homemade bread. Stay in the same building for Le Restaurant Alpin (+ 33 (0)4 50 93 03 10) and sample calorific alpine favourites: raclette, fondue and the lesser-known pella (similar to tartiflette, but with Beaufort rather than Reblochon). Les Enfants Terribles (+33 (0)4 50 21 20 02; www.hotelmontblanc.com) at the Hôtel Mont-Blanc (another of Le Lodge’s siblings) is arty and bold, both in terms of decor and cuisine. Here, traditional dishes are re-imagined: crispy prawns with apple juice, cod with olive oil, and hefty puddings – try to conquer the mighty (chestnut-laced) Mont Blanc. L’Alpette (+33 (0)4 50 21 03 69; www.alpette-megeve.com), positioned at the start of the famous Emile Allais slope, is a traditional restaurant with a fromagerie. Give your palate a break from cheese, and feast on zingy oysters at sleek and cosy Le Cintra (+33 (0)4 50 21 02 60; www.lecintra.com) in Place de l'Eglise.
Lunch on whisper-light tartes salées, followed by hand-made meringues and truffles, at pint-sized patisserie-café, Le Comptoir du Père Sotieu, on Rue du Général Muffat St Amour (+33 (0)4 50 21 67 51).
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