Chamonix Centre - Fireplace
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The flat is tucked back from the main street, facing the beautiful glacially fed Arve river. The private balcony has views of Mont Blanc and catches the morning and early afternoon sun. It sleeps 6 comfortably and has a pull out sofa to accommdate 8 people for short stays (such as weekend guests during your vacation time). The beautiful closed fireplace also helps to heat the apartment on cold winter nights.
You will be only a 5 minute walk to the popular Aiguille du Midi lift (and the famous Vallée Blanche ski run) or to the Brèvent lift station. You are also a 250m walk to the Cham Bus stop which brings you quickly to all the hamlets up and down the Chamonix valley ski areas, and a short 5 minute walk to the nearest train station.
The Aiguille du Midi SNCF train stop is the closest, or the Chamonix main train station is an easy few minutes from the town center location of this apartment.
Unlike other apartments in Chamonix town center, the Residence Anna Bouclier is very quiet (double glazed windows and 3 ft thick stone walls help). It is in a small building with only 2 other apartments, set back from the street level, and right on the riverside - you will not need to worry about getting good night's sleep before your ski, hike or climb.
The glacial river keeps the apartment cool in the summer, and the enclosed cast iron and glass fireplace helps keeps it toasty warm and inviting during colder weather.
Skiing. Chamonix offers runs to challenge every level of skier from the beginner to the expert. It is best for skiers of a moderate ability and higher, though certainly there are several ski hills for beginners.
The closest ski lifts to the flat are the Brèvent, the Aiguille du Midi and the beginner lifts at the Planards and the Savoy. All are walking distance. The off piste high mountain runs off of the Aiguille du Midi do require hiring a mountain guide before attempting these routes. We are also close to several ski rental outlets.
The free Chamonix ski bus or the SNCF trains will take you quickly to the other ski areas of Chamonix, and the main bus stop is only a hundred metres from the flat, near the Office of Tourism. Most of the ski areas are unconnected, except the Brévent-Flégère. Free buses run between all the areas, and each area is big enough that normally it is best to pick one and ski there for the day, rather than switching between them. These ski areas are:
Le Tour, at the end of the valley - with plenty of great wide blue and red pistes and lovely rolling off piste terrain. The groomed runs are great for carving and if you are trained in avalanche awareness, the off piste is heaven. The off piste is not avalanche controlled (anywhere in France) therefore a mountain guide or ski instructor are recommended to bring you off piste safely if you are not trained up on this. If you want to travel off piste on a glacier, a mountain guide is required, otherwise you can book a ski instructor to go off piste safely.
La Flégère, on the sunny side of the valley - lots of rolling and steep off piste and easy couloirs to test your mettle along side a gentle green beginners area and many wide intermediate pistes. The Flégère can be accessed via the Brèvent ski area lifts as well, and so is also technically walking distance from the apartment if you use the liaison lifts . If you choose to descend the Flégère ski out run rather than return to the Brévent, a bus will zip you back to town centre in a few minutes.
Les Grands Montets - the crown jewel of Chamonix off piste challenges rests in this ski area. This ski station boasts challenging intermediate runs and expert runs (this area has no green runs so is not recommended for beginners or timid intermediates) and is generally steep. The blue runs at this area may be labelled red runs in other places ! The off piste at the Grands Montets is what it is all about though, and many runs are left un-groomed but avalanche controlled so that you can build your off piste abilities without worry. Bumps abound in times without frequent snowfall, and when there is fresh, the powder runs are outstanding.
You also can access many off piste glaciated ski tours and the famous off-piste 'Pas de Chevre' itinerary from this ski hill. These are not avalanche controlled and therefore a mountain guide is highly recommended for anyone not fully trained and qualified in glacier travel and avalanche awareness and search and rescue techniques. In fact, you will be out of fashion on this ski hill if you do not carry (and know how to use) your avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Fat skis are will feel at home here.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lacs de Passy 20 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva Airport - http://www.gva.ch/? 90 km, Nearest railway: Chamonix SNCF station 200 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Rhone/French Alps region
The area was originally known as the Duchy de Savoie, and this alpine region that spans Italy, Switzerland and France all share a similar alpine culture. In Courmayeur Italy the locals speak French and Italian both and this part of Switzerland speaks French.
Local trains and buses bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley.
We are an hour's easy motorway drive to Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre. You can take a train or drive to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland in the French speaking cantons of Vaud or Geneve for museums and art.
From Chamonix by car or bus you can make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to nearby Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner. There is wonderful hiking and ski touring and skiing in this area, and the amazing Gran Paradiso nature reserve is a wonderful place to hike or ski tour, as are the closer valleys above Courmayeur of Val Ferret and Val Veny (accessible by bus from Courmayeur and Chamonix) which are part of the Tour du Mont Blanc walking tour.
Ski season starts normally in mid-December and ends in early May.
Hiking season runs from mid June until mid September for hut to hut hiking in the higher mountains.
The busiest times of year are from mid-July to mid-August in summer, and in winter the New Year as well as February half-term school holidays.
Between the main summer and winter seasons many, but not all, lifts in town are shut. If you don't mind walking uphill due to some lift closures, mid-September to late October can be stunningly beautiful in the valley, with fewer tourists and lovely colour in the trees (but be prepared for a sudden snowstorm which will likely melt in a day). If you travel here between the end of skiing and the re-opening of walking lifts or from mid-September to early November, normally the Aiguille du Midi touristic lift (tallest in Europe) is open as well as the Montenvers cog wheel train to see the Mer de Glace glacier are still open. You can check the website of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc who manage the lifts to find out what will be open when you want to travel. http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr
In late November, often all of the lifts are shut for annual maintenance.
Chamonix is a year-round resort town, steeped in alpine history and renowned for skiing as well as mountaineering, trail running, mountain biking, hiking and parasailing with famous peaks such as Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte, Mont Buet and the Drus.
It is accessible to hikers and mountain walkers of all levels. Lift systems in the valley bring you up into the high mountains quickly, and numerous well marked walking paths exist to explore, all the while enjoying gorgeous mountain views.
By car you can also make a day trip through the Mt Blanc tunnel to nearby Courmayeur or Aosta Italy and view the castles and Roman ruins in that valley followed by a multi-course Italian lunch or dinner.
Local trains and buses bring you up and down the valley to visit the neighbouring towns of Vallorcine, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz which together comprise the Chamonix Valley. Also an easy drive to Annecy, set on a lake with a beautiful medieval town centre or to Martigny or Geneva Switzerland (train service available) for museums and art.
Other Activities: ice climbing, glacier walking, ski touring, rock climbing, thermal baths
Golf: Chamonix has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. It has beautiful views of the Mont Blanc range. Details in English on the Chamonix golf club website: http://www.golfdechamonix.com/index-en.php The golf course has a very good restaurant on site available for lunch or dinner (reservations strongly recommended).
There is another nearby golf course above Courmayeur Italy in gorgeous the hanging alpine valley of Val Ferret (car required to access from Chamonix). Several wonderful traditional mountain restaurants are available to visit in that valley for a typical northern Italian lunch or dinner after your day out on the course. Details available in English on the Courmayeur Golf website : http://www.golfcourmayeur.it/
Ski: The local Compagnie du Mont Blanc (http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr) operates the ski lifts in winter. There is normally a heavily discounted pass available if you purchase your pass before the end of November. The 'Unlimited' ski pass includes all the lifts in the Chamonix valley and Les Houches, nearby Courmayeur Italy. The season's pass includes several ski days in Verbier, as well as 3 'visitor' passes for one day in your choice of several other ski resorts in the Haute Savoie (including Morzine-Avoriaz, Megeve, St Gervais, Combloux and Les Contamines).
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