Our top floor apartment has been equipped as you would want your home to be. It is perfectly positioned next to the ESF office, ski school meeting point, Tourist Office and within five minutes walking of absolutely anything else that you might need.
The modern living room has a fabulous view of Mont Blanc, with the bedrooms looking up the valley towards Les Grands Montets and Le Tour. The beds in the bedrooms have properly sprung mattresses with matching divans (by “And So to Bed”) and the L-shaped couch was made to order (by “Highly Sprung”), everything was bought with comfort in mind. The apartment is fully equipped with TV, UK satellite, DVD player, Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, washing machine and dryer and a fully fitted kitchen.
While a car is not necessary, many people feel that it makes life easier in the valley (particularly if you are skiing up at Les Grands Montets), we have a dedicated underground garage (so no scraping ice off in the morning).
Winter in Chamonix: With such a high elevation and the micro climate created by Mont Blanc, Chamonix has a long snow-sure season. There are slopes for every level of skier or boarder and we are happy to discuss what will suit your needs.
For beginners, meet your instructors next door in the morning. For intermediates, it is possible to wander over to the Savoy nursery slopes and take a very short drag lift up to the main Brevant lift to get access to the south facing slopes of there and Flegere (saves a walk up the hill in boots).
The bus stop just 200 meters away (behind the Tourist Office) allows free transport to Le Tour (offerering a good mix of terrain for all levels) and Les Grands Montets with it's large north facing slopes giving some awesome off-piste opportunities.
The lift for the Aguille du Midi, is a five minute walk, do take a guide for your safety if you plan to ski/board in the Vallee Blanche - it is stunning and worth the the cost of getting a professional to show you the way.
Summer in Chamonix: The town of Chamonix is busy all year round, with walkers, climbers and golfers dominating the summer months. Days tend to be warm, but evenings are rarely oppressive as temperatures quickly cool to a comfortable level in the mountain atmosphere.
There is much to do for all age groups, including climbing (try the indoor climbing wall in Les Houches with an instructor if you are a beginner), walking, golf, a great swimming pool, cycling, tennis, parapenting, fly fishing or just relaxing in a great atmosphere.
Our favourite time of the summer is around the 21st June, when the whole of France has it’s 'fete de la musique' (what must be the biggest music festival in the world) and every bar seems to live music all absolutely free to watch.
Children Are Welcome: Children essentials are stored in the ski cave with the apartment - a travel cot (for aged 3 or under), high chair, baby bath, safety gates, etc. Chamonix offers a number of baby-sitting services or children can be placed in ski school to allow yourselves to go off and ski.
The French have a wonderful attitude to the young, with children being welcome in most bars and restaurants. Chamonix is no exception, with some of the best play parks and areas you will ever see. It is not unusual to see toddlers dancing in front of a stage in a bar as a band is playing (usually before the real apres-ski crowd arrive and it gets a little crowded for them).