France Ski Accommodation in Chamonix Valley, France

Description

The Chamonix Valley is set amongst stunning peaks, including the backdrop of Europe's highest mountain, the awesome Mont Blanc at 4808m. The valley offers some of the best skiing and accommodation in the Alps, and includes villages such as Les Houches, nearby Taconnaz and Les Bossons, Les Praz and finally Argentiere (at 1240m) at the top end of the valley. Chamonix town itself at 1035m lies halfway along the valley and is the main hub of activity.

The 16 km valley offers almost 150 km of varied piste (ranging from intermediate to extreme!); access to the slopes include the lifts at Les Houches, Brevent (600m out of Chamonix), Flegere (near Les Praz), Les Grands Montets (from Argentiere) and Le Tour at the top of the valley. Les Grands Montets goes up to 3275m although the famous 24 km off piste Vallee Blanche can be reached by a breath-taking ride up the Aiguille du Midi Cable car which goes up to the highest accessible point in the Alps at 3840m.

Les Houches (at 960m) is a small quite village with some great affordable accommodation. The ski resort of Les Houches is excellent, especially when the other resorts in the valley are closed due to high winds. There are some lively tree runs and some awe-inspiring views from the slopes of Mont Blanc itself.

Les Bossons and Taconnaz are small interlinking villages between Les Houches and Chamonix; Les Praz lies just up from Chamonix, with some good bars and a few shops. Argentiere (at 1240m) is a picturesque village with a bustling atmosphere and a good selection of bars and restaurants.

The valley is serviced by an efficient free bus service (with your lift pass). Please note that the photos shown are a mix of the villages in the Chamonix valley.


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Apres

The majority of the lively après ski you’ll find in Chamonix is focused around the town centre. However, the smaller villages along the valley such as Argentiere do also offer welcoming and fun après ski sessions, with popular happy hours and live music. As you get out to the extreme ends of the valley, things do get a bit more subdued and villages such as les Houches and le Tour are peaceful and quiet.

The Office has been an Argentiere staple for years now and the après ski shows no signs of letting up! With happy hours from 4.30 to 6pm each day, food and drinks offers and a good live music billing, The Office is well worth a visit. http://the-office-bar.eu/

La Yaute is open daily from 9am ‘til 2am. It’s a popular bar for the local French inhabitants so if you are keen to try somewhere less ‘British’ during your stay, this is the place to come. There’s a bar/restaurant with a broad menu and regular live music performances.


Eating out

In the base villages all along the valley, from Les Houches to la Tour, you’ll find a great selection of restaurants. From Savoyarde specialities to cordon bleu cuisine, there is something for all tastes and budgets. Here are a couple of examples of what to expect.

Le Bistro du Dahu sits in Argentiere, just outside Chamonix, and offers a warm welcome, friendly bistro atmosphere, local produce on the menu and good value for money. Themed evenings are popular and the chef really makes a big effort to serve delicious, authentic food to his customers. http://www.bistrotdudahu.com/?utm_source=chamonet.com&utm_medium=links&utm_campaign=contract

Le Sarpe is a lovely restaurant in les Bois, offering high quality French cuisine. The restaurant has an authentic, traditional feel as does the food served. It gets busy so early reservations are recommended but if you’re in the area, it’s well worth a visit.



Activities

Chamonix’s reputation as an amazing destination for mountain pursuits of all kinds goes back years and for visitors keen to try activities other than skiing, the resort has an enormous amount to offer.

Ice Climbing http://www.chamonix.net/english/mountaineering/ice/icefalls1.htm
Many resorts have climbing walls set up inside their sports centres, but few can offer climbing experiences like Chamonix! Ski hire shops across the resort stock climbing gear, and guide services in and around Chamonix are plentiful. Whether you’re a beginner keen to try your hand at this adventurous sport, or a seasoned professional looking to undertake one of the area’s two hundred spectacular natural climbs, the terrain around Chamonix is the place to be.

Helicopter Tours http://www.chamonix-helico.fr/?lang=en
Flying high over the peaks, pistes, forests and rivers of this amazing mountain resort is the best way to get a feel for the spectacular terrain here, and helicopter tours allow you to do just that. Flights typically last from 20 minutes to an hour and although a pricey activity, it’s worth for the jaw-dropping views!

Ski Joering http://www.chamonix.net/english/activities/skijoering.htm
Ski joering harks back to a time before the modern chairlifts and gondolas we have today, when horses were used by skiers to get around the mountainous terrain. This fun activity offers something a little different, an interesting way to spend an hour or two exploring the terrain around the Chamonix Valley.

Other popular activities off the snow in Chamonix and the surrounding resorts include parapente, swimming and watching ice hockey matches.



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The best areas for children’s skiing in Chamonix are les Houches and le Tour, where the pistes are generally gentler and better suited to beginners. Away from the slopes, if you need a day off from skiing or bad weather stops you from heading out, there’s a good range of non-ski activities here to keep the family entertained.

Ice Caves http://www.chamonix.com/montenvers,81,en.html
Set inside a glacier at an altitude of 1913m and accessible only by mountain railway, the ice caves above Chamonix are truly spectacular. The ice figures melt and are re-sculpted differently each year and for families seeking adventure away from the pistes, a visit to the caves is a must!

Tobogganning
Whilst Chamonix lacks the kind of specialised luge runs you can find in resorts like Courchevel and Val Thorens, the area does have a few areas which work well for an hour or two’s tobogganing.
The la Vormaine area in le Tour is brilliant for tobogganing, as is the Le Tourchet area in les Houches.

Swimming pool
The Sports Centre is perfect if the weather closes in and keeps you off the piste. Parents bringing the kids here can choose from a wide range of facilities including a 25m swimming pool, massage jets and waterslides. Also, if the children are four years of age or younger then they benefit from free access. http://www.chamonix-mont-blanc.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=474

Cinema
Another great choice in cases of bad weather, or just if you fancy an evening out, is the Cinema Vox, which screens all the latest releases. The cinema is located close to the main town square and three screens show all the latest releases. http://www.cinemavox-chamonix.com/


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