We Are Chamonix!We had a great week in Chamonix. Our hotel was a great location to town, and to the bus station - which was most important to getting to all the ski areas. Its important to have a guide as soon as you arrive to ski the Vallee Blanche and some other cool parts of Chamonix. While it isn't a beginner mountain, any intermediate and above can enjoy all aspects of Chamonix! The food is delicious, and no need to order special bottles, the house wine is always delish! Stop into Payard for some smoked saussicons! The only negative is it takes effort in Chamonix to get on the mountain, we didn't really have any ski on ski off options. Its a city, and you walk or bus to the mountains.
Memories that will last a lifetimeI have been skiing since I was a teeanger but had always dreamed of skiing the alps. Finally got it together and hooked up with a friend of mine that was living in Zurich. Flew into Geneva from JFK and took a 2 hour bus into Chamonix.
The town is lovely but what really struck me were how truly awe inspiring were the mountains. Jagged peaks of sheer rock, massive walls of snow that surrounded the village on both sides. I have skied alot in the Rockies and thought I would be prepared for how majestic these mountains were, but I was wrong. You can see why these mountains inspired generations of romantic writers and poets.
There are 4 ski areas there for all levels. I am an advanced but not expert skier. Therefore, I skied several days at Les Grand Montets. Unlike US skiing, there are huge wide open areas, similar to bowls in places like Vail, with no trees. Some is groomed, some is ungroomed and you can ski the ungroomed and when you're tired get back on the groomed. Many of the runs were massive and the lines were never bad.
We got lucky with the weather because we got dumped on. Huge amounts of powder. I did not ski La Vallee Blanche but you can see many glaciers from the expert runs.
On the last day, just for a change of pace, we took the tunnel into Italy and skiied Courceval. Besides lots of great terrainm, the food there on the slopes was even better than France. You have not eaten pasta until you've had a warm bowl of carbonara after skiing hard all morning.
As you would expect, the area is very international with people from all over the world. IF the snow is good, I guarantee it will be a ski vacation you will never forget.
Greatest ExperienceI have never skiied Europe, but have been to Europe several times. The Hotel Mont Blanc is the best place to stay. Close to the Ski School, the tour office and the bus stop. It has some of the best food I have ever had in Europe and the staff is the best. The terrain is challenging and beautiful.
The Ski Instructors are very friendly and personable
I will return again soon.
Magnifique!Taking two children on an escorted trip was great. We loved the quaint village, eating and skiing with new (and old) friends. The kids loved skiing France, Switzerland, and Italy. Having ski guides and escorts enabled us to not having to read the trail map or bus schedules once. Now that's a vacation!
Chamonix - A skier's delightChamonix offers happiness for just about every type of skier. The terrain is abundant and diverse, the village provides post-ski entertainment and the food is very good. I went with an escorted group which facilitated the arrangements for guides (required for certain areas) and decisions about where to ski, but anyone with a sense of adventure will find the effort worthwhile.
Great experienceThe terrain is challenging, diverse and beautiful! Great location for more than just skiing.