1. CHALET SKI HOLIDAY. The classic chalet ski holiday - daily transfer to and from the ski areas in the Chamonix Valley - come home to Elaine's famous cake every day - wifi - use of chalet computer - sauna hot tub - few minutes walk from Chamonix / Les Houches ski area - free buses and trains within Chamonix Valley -
2. SKI THE ALPS. As above plus included excursions with guiding and ski tips (for those who can manage a red run) to Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland. Both these resorts are now included on the local local Mont-Blanc Unlimited lift pass. We also include an excursion to ski Megeve which has been added to the Mont Blanc lift pass for 2014
3. SKIING SAFARI. This programme has been tremendously popular since it's conception in 1991. From the comfort of the chalet you can discover some of the 20 amazing ski areas in the Mont Blanc region with daily minibus transfers. Guiding and instruction included when in Italy and Switzerland.
THE CHAMONIX VALLEY
The Chamonix skiing is world famous. There is phenominal skiing for all standards. But the basic concept of skiing Chamonix can be complicated and confusing. Here are the basics in a nutshell.
The Chamonix Valley is 24 kilometres long. The ski areas are not linked but spread along the valley. There are two separate village communes, firstly Les Houches on entering the valley and then Chamonix itself. After a period of not getting on very well the two areas now love each other and market themselves as Chamonix. But stupidly the basic entry price "Chamonix Valley" ski pass does not include Les Houches. I say stupidly ... not only is Les Houches a great ski area but it is a vital ski area for Chamonix when the weather is bad (i.e. snowy) Why? Because all the other ski areas in the valley are above the tree line so when it is bad weath you cannot see anything and have a miserable day's skiing. Les Houches has loads of skiing on runs through the trees meaning in bad weather you can actually see where you are going. So Les Houches is great in any weather and the only place to ski in the valley in bad weather. Les Houches is also the venue of the Chamonix world cup down hill and slalom races. There is a cheaper lift pass just for Les Houches but this doesn't include the other Chamonix ski areas. Crazy lift pass set up? Yes. But don't worry, we'll sort it for you.
Take a ski holiday with us and we'll really look after you. On our "Chalet Ski holiday" we'll house you , feed you , advise you and and drop you off at the lifts. You can also easily walk to the Les Houches slopes. If you want to be taken to Italy and Switzerland (included in the "Mont Blanc" lift pass) and benefit from some guiding and instruction in those countries some click on "Ski the Alps" below. If you want to discover some of the 20 or so amazing ski areas an easy drive away click on Skiing Safari. i. For this you'll buy your lift passes on a daily basis and it will work out about the same price as the "Mont Blanc" lift pass.
Beginners are advised to take a three day group lesson with Evolution 2 and to buy either the Chamonix Valley lift pass or better still the Mont Blanc pass. While the second option is a bit more expensive Les Houches will definitely be the best place for you to ski out the second part of the week. Alternatively you can take your lessons in Les Houches with the local ESF ski school but they only offer group lessons for a whole week.
The Chamonix- Les Houches ski slopes, venue for Chamonix's world cup ski races, are just a few minutes walk away. In normal conditions you can ski off piste right back to the chalet.
There are 75 kilometres of ski runs suiting all standards including the renowned "Piste Verte" where Chamonix's world cup races are held. A brand new gondola lift will whisk you up to the local ski fields.
The scenery and views of Mont Blanc are magnificent and Chamonix Les Houches has some excellent mountain restaurants for a relaxed lunch or chocolat chaud! There are also excellent beginner slopes. The local Les Houches Lift pass is ideal for beginners and skiers who want to stay locally. Click here to discover the pistes of Les Houches
We recommend you take lessons with Evolution 2 ski school. You can click on their link: http://www.evolution2-chamonix.com
Here are their prices:
Beginner 3 x 2.5 hours 9.00-11.30 mon-wed 135€
Intermediate 3 x 2.5 hours 9.00-11.30 mon-wed 135€
Beginner 3 x 2.5 hours 9.00-11.30 mon-wed 135€
Freestyle 11.30-14.00 mon-wed 135€
5 half days morning 5 x 2.5 hours 9-12 mon-fri 235€
5 full Day 5 x full day 9 - 5 mon-fri 395€
6 half days 6 x 2.5 hours 9-12 sun-fri 275€
6 full days 6 x full day 9-5 sun-fri 470€
5 half days afternoon 5x 2.5 hours 2 -5 mon-fri 205€
OFF PISTE (SKI OR BOARD)
Off Piste Clinic 4 hours 9-1 / 1-5 65€
Vallee Blanche Group full day 85€
Clinic & Vallee Blanche 135€
All Mountain 3x3.45 hours 9-12.15/1-4.45 mon-fri 180€
Chamonix Tour 3 days 9-5 mon-wed 350€
hours times 1-2 per 3-6 per
Vallee Blanche Private private guide full day 360€ 380€
Half Day 4 hours 9-1 / 1-5 215€ 230€
Full Day 8 hours 9-5 360€ 380€
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION (ON OR OFF PISTE)
Private Instruction 2 hours 12-2 125€ 140€
Private Instruction 3 hours 9-12 / 2-5 175€ 200€
Private Instruction 4 hours 9-1 / 1-5 215€ 230€
Private Instruction Full day 9-5 360€ 380€
: We recommend Battendier Sport. They are conveniently situated right by our local ski lift. You can book online at http://www.battendier-sports.com/en/
"A rosy faced joker called Oliver was one of the pleasantest ski companions south of the Artic". Arthur Sandles in the Financial Times.
"Oliver is an excellent instructor" Tracey Savage, The Metropolitan.