Peak performers near the Alps’ most gruelling marathon

Trail running has been one of the biggest growth sports in the Alps and the biggest event in Europe is the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a gruelling 145km race up and down the peaks of the Chamonix valley every August. If you feel that this one might be a spectator sport for you, here are three great properties along the route to get your pulse racing…

Under €100k, this is a fabulous mountain bolt hole in Les Contamines, with access to the third biggest ski area in the Alps. Only an hour from Geneva and with a sunny balcony, this is the perfect lock-and-go weekend home.  

Right in the year-round bustling mountain town hub of Chamonix, with great restaurants and lively bars, this is a one-bedroom apartment for summer or winter – and perfect for rentals too.

Great five-bedroom chalet in the fabulous spa town and ski centre of St Gervais Les Bains close to Chamonix and Geneva too. Even has a separate apartment you can rent out to help pay the bills.

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