Chamonix Journals

Meet Me in Chamonix

A January 1996 trip to Chamonix by James Vaughn

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Quote: If you want to experience big mountain snowboarding/skiing with an international flair, Chamonix is the place to visit.

Meet Me in Chamonix

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Overview

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If you want to experience big mountain snowboarding/skiing with an international flair, Chamonix is the place to visit. Located in the French Alps near the border of Switzerland, Italy, and France, Chamonix provides an excellent base for day trips to a number of European resorts. That's not to say that there isn't enough terrain in the Chamonix valley alone to keep even the most ambitious rider satisfied. The trip to France was my first visit to Europe, and my wife's second. It was a truly memorable experience, with a totally different feel than my previous snowboarding and skiing forrays to Colorado and California. My wife speaks a little French, and I speak even less, so the language barrier ...Read More

Le Prieure Hotel

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Hotel | "Le Prieure"

Le Prieure Hotel Photo, Chamonix, France
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Although it is not as quaint as other hotels in the area, Le Prieure is a good value and conveniently located. The rates are around US$80 per day with half board. The restuarant in the hotel was top notch, and the service was exceptional. A large buffet breakfast is served in the morning, and in the evening a five course price-fixe dinner is served. An added plus was the spectacular view of Mount Blanc from our balcony.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2001

Le Prieure Hotel
149 ALLEC RECTEUR PAYOT
Chamonix, France 74404
45-0532-072

Chamonix

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Attraction

Chamonix Photo, Chamonix, France
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Chamonix is definitely geared towards the expert and advanced intermediate rider, and beginners may want to look elsewhere. There are six different ski areas located along the ten-mile long Chamonix valley, which include Le Brevent, Les Houches, Le Grant Montets, Le Tour, Le Pratz, and the Valle Blanche run. (See my journal entry on the Augille du Midi for more information on the Valle Blanche run.) If this isn't enough action for you, Verbier, Switzerland is within a two hour ride, and Courmayeur, Italy is just a short drive away through the Mount Blanc tunnel. The best ski areas by far were Le Brevent and Les Grand Montets. Being less liability-conscious than their American counterparts, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2001

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85, place du triangle de l'Amitié
Chamonix, France
+33 450 53 23 33

Aiguille du Midi

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Attraction | "Augille du Midi"

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The Augille du Midi is the highest lift-served peak in the Alps, and getting to the top is an interesting process. A two stage cable car takes you from the valley floor to an elevation of 3842 meters. After the second stage of cable car ride, you can get to an observation platform by crossing a foot bridge over a deep chasm, riding an elevator inside the mountain, and finally climbing several flights of stairs (which can be the worst part at that elevation.) The view from the top is worth the effort, however. On a clear day you are rewarded with a 360 degree view of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps. It is also a good location to view Mount Blanc, Europe's highest overall peak. A round trip tic...Read More

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Aiguille du Midi
Chamonix
Chamonix, France