Thinking about a ski holiday in the French Alps? Want powder for days? Then look no further than Chamonix, Mont Blanc. With the highest peak in Western Europe, Chamonix is one of Europes most popular ski towns…but don’t let that put you off. With more ski resorts than one can handle, this town will blow your socks off. Right now it’s mid Feb and our seasons in full swing. Everyone is frothing for some perfect powder days and when they come, oh god…nothing’s better. Put Chamonix at the top of your list for your next ski holiday and follow me as I run you through where to Eat, Sleep and Ski.
Bluebird Cafe – Finding somewhere for an english breakfast and a decent caffeine hit is a lot harder than you’d think when in France. Lucky for us (and you), we’ve found the perfect spot to get your fix before heading up the hill. Bluebird cafe makes one of the best coffees in town, whether its a long black or flat white, you know you’re getting what you ask for. Plenty of options for food aswell, try the full or fuller breakfast *bacon and eggs* or my go to, the breakfast burrito. It all comes with a few yarns from the friendly staff to get you pumped for an epic day up the mountain.
Monday wings at the Micro Brewery Chamonix (MBC) – Okay so who doesn’t love trying to make their way through 24 chicken wings on a Monday night? The half price wing deal is a seasonaire favourite and one we love to get amongst.
Monkey Bar Chamonix – A bar & party favourite but with a killer menu too. Monday night half price burgers and Taco Tuesdays have the seasonaire and local crews buzzing.
Cool Cats – One of Leah’s favourite places for dinner in Chamonix. Cool Cats is a boutique hotdog eatery, with a mouth watering menu. Whether you’ve had a few too many pints at the pub and in need of a feed, or taking the Mrs out on date night, Cool Cats will get you in the good books.
La Maison du Burger – Need a munch on the go? Or after a big night on the piss? Stop in at La Maison du Burger, opposite Snell Sports in Chamonix centre. With burgers, paninis, and my favourite “steak, frites, fromage” you’ll be as full as a bull in no time. A cheap and easy option when you’re running at full pace after a day up the hill.
Hibou – Not sure how to pronounce this one but…If you’re feeling a bit gross after days of eating carbs, grease and pastries, check out HIBOU for some fresh, healthy and tasty meals on the go. All homemade with the best produce around, this little store reminds us just how good eating healthy can be.
La Jonction Coffee – Passing through Chamonix centre? Stop in at La Junction Coffee for a sweet treat, a coffee or a hot chocolate. This trendy little spot is perfect for a catchup with friends (girls I’m talking to you) or just a takeaway coffee to send you on your way. In the heart of winter, you’ll warm up with one of the best coffees and hot chocolates around.
Moody Coffee Roasters – Best place for coffee in Cham! Honestly tastes like one from home.
Sat Suki – Japanese food done right. We love the 10Euro lunch deal, plus it’s a nice change to French and European food we eat every other day.
Munchie Restaurant – Need to take your girl on a date? Or celebrating something special? Look no further than Munchie. With a fine dining vibe but still casual and relaxed, the menu at Munchies is mouth-watering YUM.
Chamonix Lodge – Looking for a place to stay in Chamonix? Then Chamonix Lodge is a perfect spot to meet like minded people in shared accommodation “lodge style.” If you’re planning a boys trip or an affordable get away with the Mrs, there’s plenty of options available, with shared dorms and private double or twin rooms. Better yet, free breakfast in the shared kitchen and the hot tub/sauna is perfect for those sore muscles after a days shredding. It’s a short walk to town so you’ll be in the heart of Chamonix, ready to eat, ski or party in no time. Check it out and book your next stay HERE!
Chalet la Foret – If you’re looking for a more luxury, private and authentic stay in Chamonix, Chalet La Foret is one of the best chalets around. With the beautiful wooden style chalet that sleeps up to 10, comes a snow covered *in winter* wonderland, perfect for a big family or group of friends. Located in Les Praz, you’ll be ten minutes drive out of the hustle and bustle to enjoy the full experience. A short walk to one of our favourite mountains, Flégère and you’ll be up the hill in no time. After a hard days riding, you can come back to relax in the hot tub and/or sauna and enjoy the amazing views of Mont–Blanc. This place is top of our list when we’re no longer ski bums. Check out their website and book HERE.
Local Ski hire – You can’t ski without skis and you definitely don’t want to get stuck with the wrong gear on a perfect day. Well… LOCAL CHX is Chamonix’s only delivery focused, ski and snowboard rental shop and geared with equipment for all levels, its our absolute top pick! Not only is it a 20 metre walk from Bluebird Cafe, their English speaking staff are experienced and helpful when it comes to ski and snowboard hire. All their equipment is kept in top condition, making your day up the hill a lot more enjoyable. Check it out for yourself, you won’t be let down!
Sole Boot Lab – Need some custom fit boots by technicians who know their shit? Sol boot lab will size up your feet and pair you with the right pair of boots, with all the technical stuff in between. I put all my trust into these dudes and it paid off! Finally some boots my feet (& Riding) thank me for!
Now…where can I shred???
Grand Montets – The godfather of resorts, Grands Montets takes you higher than most other ski resorts in Europe, 3300m to be exact. It’s perfect for the whole family, with great on piste and off piste skiing, theres plenty to choose from.
Le Brevent – With a range of difficult slopes, Brevent is the closest resort to the town centre. On a powder day, get your ass up early and hit the Cornu chairlift! There’s a freestyle airbag too, so when you’re feeling sendy or just wanna get some extra practise, hit that up and practise away.
La Flégère – A little further out of town you have one of our favourites, Flégère. You can have some real fun on this mountain, powder day or not. Skiing across from Brevent will have you enjoying the afternoon as the sun keeps you warm. Check out these pics of us up Flégère on Australia Day! Epic photos from Huckleberry Mountain! Check out his work on insta @huck93
Le Tour/ Vallorcine – The furtherest resort from Chamonix centre is Le Tour/Vallocine. A fun all round mountain that’s not as steep as Grands Montets but still steeper than Les Houches. At Le Tour you can hit “the snake” freestyle park to fine tune your skills and although its not the best park around, its fun none the less. When the snow is dumping, Vallocine (off the back side of Le Tour) is our favourite pick! You have some epic tree runs, cliffs and pillows of snow that’ll have you frothing for days.
Les Houches – A much more mellow mountain and great for learning to ski or snowboard. Les Houches is more the family mountain so seasonaires/locals tend to steer clear. It competes with the steep and gnarly mountains mentioned above so its sort of like the underdog. In saying that, we’ve had an epic powder day at Les Houches and there’s definitely some fun to be had. Best part is the night skiing (Thursday nights) with free hot wine!
How good does Chamonix sound now?! Well this is only the beginning…these are just our local top spots to eat, sleep and ski. The town has so much more to offer with tourist attractions, bars and fancy restaurants that are well outside our ski bum budget so stay tuned, more coming soon but in the meantime, check out:
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