Review of Chamonix

5th April 2018 by Skier65 

Skied first week of Feb 2018 with guide. Much snow and rain in Jan. Snow B-. Guide A. First day, off piste Domain de Balme to Switzerland.  Snow varied. Vallorcine for a very good lunch-pizza and beer at Cafe Comptoir. Very small base area. Ski Area larger than expected, worth exploring. Next A. Du Midi to Vallée Blanche. Rope up, exit tunnel to howling winds and poor visibility. Four hours later hike out, tobaggan like run back to Cham. Survived. Next, Grand Montets, off piste and on, good snow, great terrain, best place to explore without a guide. Good lunch, soup and beer, at hut at top of glacier. Then, Val Veny at Courmayer, best powder, stunning views of Mt Blanc, great lunch at Restaurante Zerotta. Lastly. Back to Vallée Blanche from Italian side. Sunny day, mellow skiing, 311 steps out to old gondola to Refuge ,ie, hotel at Montenvers. Fantastic late lunch, local fish, local wine, dessert. Train back to Cham. Skipped Brévent Flégère. Friend skied trees at Les Houches while it snowed, very good. Chamonix is a great ski village, good restaurants, bars, shopping. Great Irish coffee at Irish Bar! Big, but not too big. Does not have to be expensive. Easy access from Geneva. We had van so access to all ski areas easy. Parking no issue and free. Not crowded where and when we skied. Vallée Blanche deserted both times. Stayed in 3 bdr 2 bath near Brevent lift three blocks from center. Only issue, steep walk back to apartment after dinner.

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