A January 1996 trip
to Chamonix by James Vaughn
Quote: If you want to experience big mountain snowboarding/skiing with an international flair, Chamonix is the place to visit.
Hotel | "Le Prieure"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2001
Le Prieure Hotel
149 ALLEC RECTEUR PAYOT
Chamonix, France 74404
The best ski areas by far were Le Brevent and Les Grand Montets. Being less liability-conscious than their American counterparts, the resorts in Europe have a very liberal out-of-bounds policy. Translation: there is none. You are basically free to go wherever you feel is within your ability. My most amusing (and slightly harrowing) experience came at Le Brevent when I met up with a fellow American and decided to try out some of the chutes. We shared a chairlift ride where we were able to see a number of chutes on our way to the top. We picked one out which was fairly steep, but appeared to be wide enough to at least carve some decent turns. The terrain looked much different from the top, however, and we ended up entering the wrong one. The chute narrowed down to about three meters wide, and was extremely steep with rock outcroppings on both sides. After a little praying and alot of sideslipping, however, we made it to the bottom relatively unscathed.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2001
85, place du triangle de l'Amitié
+33 450 53 23 33
Attraction | "Augille du Midi"
Aiguille du Midi