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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Chamonix
Country: France
Domain: Mont Blanc
Author: Ski Bat
Date: March 2007
Our holiday: Self catering. 8 skiers of various levels and 2 intermediate boarders.
Website : and
Basics : 1 hour east of Geneva. Very easy indeed.
Lift system : Cable cars up to high level pistes, resort runs are rare. You need to book the Aguille du Midi cable car, or hire a guide and they will do it for you.
The terrain : Okay for beginners, great for intermediates, but the 'best skiing in Europe' for advanced and expert. We met Glen Plake while there and he loves it!!
The snow : Nothing in resort but loads on and off piste. Most pistes are above 2000m and the highest lift is over 3800m (see note below)
Off-piste : The Vallee Blanche. The greatest ski run in the world!! Enough said really. But there is loads all over the valley, especially in Argentière and La Tour. Take your phat skis with you.
The resort : A traditional mountain town. Brilliant and extensive night life, plenty of shops for the 'ski to lunch' crowd and everything you need for a relaxed holiday too. Perfect all rounder. Can't fault it.
Food : Plenty to choose from in resort. Typical savoyard restaurants all over the place for fondu freaks. Nothing stood out as amazing but we were S/C anyway. The MBC (Micro Brasserie de Chamonix) was excellent and well worth a visit or two.
Accommodation : S/C Chalet through very nice indeed.
Costs: Mt Blanc Lift pass is about £160 for 6 days. A guide for the Valle Blanche is about £48 each with Evolution 2 (very good).
Conclusion: The best skiing i have ever done by a mile!! The Vallee Blanche is the ultimate, Argentière is amazing too, but so is all of it really. It's best to hire a car to get around to the various resorts in the valley, and its worth trying it all out as there's something for everybody. Get your lift pass before you get there, we had a 2 hour queue on the first morning. But over all... 10 out of 10 Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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