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A French ski resort nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s tallest mountain. It’s not “typical” for France or Switzerland, focused on more extreme climbers/skiers/hikers, without many of the comforts you’d typically find. We’re not huge fans of the village, though there are a lot of places to shop of the very functional variety.

The skiing is steep, not for bad or new skiers. If you want the steep slopes – this is the place to go. Very limited amenities on the slopes (where’s the Vin Chaud!) and attracts an international ground of varying ability (which can be a problem). There are multiple areas – we have skiied at Les Houches, Brévent – Flégèrer (our favorite), and Grands Montets.

Food and Lodging

  • **Auberge Du Bois Prin, one of Emmanuel Renaut’s properties, was a lovely and peaceful place to stay (see Megeve notes). It’s up on the hill above town, but within a pleasant walking distance to the center and quite close to a lift. It’s not super elite – the service is excellent, rooms are tasteful, and there’s a small outdoor sauna and hot tub. We didn’t have the dinner (next time), breakfast was extremely good.
  • We’ve eaten at **Chalet Hotel Le Castel Chamonix three or four times – it seems to be exactly in the right place whenever we drive, or ski, by. It’s cute, food is very good.
  • **Chez Yang is decent Chinese food, if you need a break from all the Savoyard cuisine.
  • On the slopes, **L’Adret was fine. It’s a bit hidden, downstairs from the very crowded cafeteria-style dining, much calmer.
  • **Restaurante Josephine is a popular lunch spot with classic bistro styling. It’s just fine, nothing particularly remarkable.
  • **Restaurant Le Cap-Horn is an old school place, very “Trader Vic’s San Francisco” in style, serving a global range of seafood inspired food (from tuna taquitos to sushi to whole grilled fish). It’s not amazing, but I like the atmosphere and it’s definitely good enough to return to. Popular with families for a fancy meal out.

Only accessible by historic cog railway, departing from Chamonix, ***Refuge du Montenvers is a historic hotel set in a 19th-century building and located at an altitude of 1,913 m in the Mont-Blanc mountain range. It’s a charming place, good food, great views. It’s a fun overnight.