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Les Contamines-Montjoie

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Les Contamines-Montjoie is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.HistoryThe name of the village originates from ancient local dialect. The word “Contamines” once meant ploughable land on the squires estate.Important dates 1760: Birth of an independent parish (detached from the parish of Saint-Nicolas de Véroce) 1850: Creation of the local Mountain Guides Company 1900: Development of the first tourist infrastructures, hotels etc. 1911: Creation of the local ski club 1937: Creation of the first ski lift 1949: Les Contamines is renamed Les Contamines-Montjoie 1952: Creation of the first chair-lift and the summer playground at l'Etape. 1971: Development of Bellevue, La Ruelle and the Col du Joly.LocationLes Contamines Montjoie is located in the French Alps. It is approximately 1 hours from the aeroport of Geneva and 15 minutes from the Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet Train Station station and from the A40 Highway (exit 21). Les Contamines is located in between the well known resorts of Chamonix and Megève, it is close to Mont Blanc which means that it is used for both mountain climbing in the Summer and skiing in the Winter. Its proximitiy to Chamonix means that access to Italy is easy via the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
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