Cross Country:40 km of trails between Chamonix and Argentiere
7 January 2018 (7 nights)
7 nights | Guide prices per person
This Club Med Resort is set in the intimate, welcoming decor of the former Savoy Hotel, renovated by the architect Jacques Garcia.
Babies can be entrusted to the Baby Club Med®*, a charming "cocoon" in pastel shades with snowflake murals, while Mums enjoy a well-deserved moment of luminous serenity at the Club Med Spa by CINQ MONDES*.
From the terrace or the outdoor heated swimming pool, the view of Mont Blanc is all yours.
Delicious, creative cuisine and impeccable table art. Our chefs pull out all the stops to ensure you have a fabulous and entertaining meal.
Located in the Savoy building, the refined ambiance of this restaurant welcomes you to enjoy international cuisine from the buffet. Fabulous view over the ski-slopes, the Aiguilles de Chamonix, the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc.
Tables for 2 to 8 people; there are high chairs and booster cushions for babies.
On the ground floor of the Mont Blanc building, this restaurant offers a menu of Savoyard specialities: raclette, fondue and pierrade. Mountain chalet decor, with wooden beams and historic winter sports accessories.
Open at certain dates. Booking compulsory, at Reception.
On the pistes of the Domaine de la Flégère, at 2,000 m (6,560 ft), this restaurant is open for lunch only. Its spacious terrace looks out over the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc.
Open at certain dates. Booking required, at Reception.
BABY CORNER special service
This Baby Zone, in the Resort's main restaurant, offers a special service for babies, with sweet and savoury baby foods and all the equipment necessary for preparing your baby's meals.
Available all day and evening (during bar opening hours) in all the bars in the Resort (including the nightclub).
Drinks included(served by the glass and in the bars only):
Water, fruit juices, sodas, hot drinks, cocktails with and without alcohol, local and/or international spirits, wines.
Sweet and savoury snacks
Drinks not included
Champagne, VSOP and XO spirits, bottled and canned drinks (available in certain Resorts from vending machines and/or the Club Med boutique®), certain super-premium brands and bottled wines proposed à la carte in some of our restaurants and bars.
On the garden level of the Savoy building, this bar has a series of small, intimate lounges. During the day you can admire the fabulous panoramic view over the valley from the terrace. Change of atmosphere in the evening, as the music starts up and the dancers take to the floor.
Smoking permitted on the terrace.
In an intimate atmosphere and a typically Savoyard setting, this piano bar welcomes you in the early evening to share the highlights of your day with partner or friends.
Open at certain periods.
Sports & Activities
Indulge in a selection of activities which will help you pamper yourself and relax. With sports such as those offered at Club Med Fitness, you will recharge your batteries and feel renewed.
CINQ MONDES Spa, the best treatments and massage techniques** from around the world.
The minute you step inside the Club Med Spa by CINQ MONDES, you enter enter a world in which relaxation and well-being reign supreme. You'll find: ● 6 individual treatment rooms
● 1 "duo" room for tandem treatments
● A Zen area
● A Zen tearoom
● Bathrobe for use during your treatment
All our treatment programmes are orgnaised around a theme.
Put yourself in the gentle hands of our beauty and massage therapists, and let your senses take over. Choose from a wide range of beauty treatments and a range of beauty products using natural ingredients. Fatigue and tension will give way to a delightful sensation of well-being and serenity.
The majority of our packages are designed for both men and women. The treatments included in the packages cannot be changed. Your reservation is for morning or afternoon; precise timing cannot be guaranteed. ** For information:
The term "massage" implies a superficial manipulation of the face or body, solely for aesthetic purposes, sometimes to ensure good penetration of a cosmetic product, or for comfort. The massage referred to is an external massage of the skin, with no medical or therapeutic aim. It may be done manually or with mechanical aids, exclusively by qualified, trained professionals.
Children & Teens
For babies only...
The Baby Club Med®* provides a gentle and dynamic atmosphere, with the day's activities organised around each child's biological clock.
For information: for the comfort and health of all the children, and in accordance with French legislation, children under 6 years old must have a recent medical certificate stating that there are no contra-indications to their presence, issued just before their arrival at the Resort.
NEW The Baby Club Med®* gets its inspiration from nature, to satisfy children's curiosity and show them the pleasure of living in harmony with the natural environment. A powdery, pastel world of chamois, snow flakes and the majestic Mont Blanc.
The Resort has a total of 272 rooms in a hotel with several wings, just 5 minutes walk from Chamonix town centre.
The Savoy is the main wing with 5 floors and a lift, and houses the restaurant, bar and Reception.
The Mont Blanc also has 5 floors with lift, and is adjacent to the Savoy.
The Brévent has 4 floors with lift and houses the Club Med Spa by CINQ MONDES*. It has direct access to the outdoor pool and a passageway links it to the other two hotels.
The Club Room provides all the necessary comforts with all the equipment and services for your well-being.
A spacious room with an elegant décor comprising a lounge area for unforgettable moments of relaxation and a magnificent view of Mont Blanc or the Brévent.
● Bottle of water
● Zenology guest amenities (or other brand)
● Your luggage delivered to and collected from your room
● Turndown service
On the top floor of the Hotel Brévent, relax in the comfort of this spacious, elegant Suite, with a spacious lounge looking onto the Brévent.
Services:● Bottle of water
One of the great ancient alpine capitals with a huge variety of attractions.
The town of Chamonix, which lies literally in the shadow of Mont Blanc, came to prominence as an alpine capital well before skiing was invented. It has long been an important mountaineering centre (many of the early pioneers in the middle of the eighteenth century were British, incidentally) and still today receives more visitors in summer than winter, though it must be said that many of these are just tourists passing through for a day or two.
Chamonix is quite unlike any of the other major French ski resorts. For a start it is not a ski-out/ski-in destination and has no slope-side accommodation to speak of. Secondly it comprises several quite separate ski areas and you need to use a car or bus service to travel between them.
Chamonix ski holidays benefit from all the advantages of the town — plenty of choice of shops, restaurants and bars and other facilities — as well as all the disadvantages — big, quite noisy and hard to get around. The very centre of the resort is now pedestrianised, which makes it much more user-friendly, although finding parking space close to the centre in high season can be tricky. However I would still say that this is one of only a very small number of ski resorts where a car is more of a help than a hindrance, since whizzing between the different ski areas with your own wheels is much easier than waiting for and using the rather complicated bus service.
Another advantage of Chamonix is that it is just one hour’s motorway drive from Geneva airport, which makes it a popular choice for weekend skiers. Indeed in recent years more and more British skiers have been buying or long-term renting chalets and apartments here, so the resort has an increasingly British flavour.
(Ski Solutions can arrange four-night long weekend breaks here at a variety of hotels outside very high season dates. For further details about Ski Solutions weekend breaks to Chamonix and other destinations please see the Short Breaks page on the website Home Page.)
Chamonix is also a convenient base from which to make day-trips through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the pretty little town and ski area of Courmayeur in Italy’s Aosta valley. Megeve is just one of several other day-trip destinations for those with a car.
Chamonix is served by Geneva with a wide range of flights from nearly all the main UK airports. Transfer time: 1 hr
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|Best Snowfall week||27-Apr-2015||25-Apr-2016||26-Dec-2016 (8%)|
|Best Base week||02-Feb-2015||18-Apr-2016||30-Jan-2017 (8%)|
Cross Country:40 km of trails between Chamonix and Argentiere
Lots of truly awesome off-piste opportunities for experts, but plenty of on-piste terrain to amuse skiers of almost all levels.
Chamonix appeals principally to expert skiers who want to test their skills on off-piste terrain in the company of mountain guides. Pilgrims come from all four corners of the world to ski the legend that is Chamonix. In fact the area that they will mostly be skiing is the Grands Montets glacier, located above Chamonixs satellite village of Argentiere. The lifts here rise up to 3,275m. Although there are a few pistes in this sector, it is much more renowned for its majestic off-piste glacial terrain which, it can never be stressed too often, should only be skied with qualified mountain guides. (Skiers and boarders get only 2 tickets included in their lift pass for the key cable car here, after which it attracts an extra supplement, but even this does not prevent queues building up at peak periods.) Elsewhere in the Chamonix valley, there is testing off-piste terrain to be found at Le Brevent and La Flegere, as well as over the back of the Le Tour area.
For less adventurous skiers, which in this case means intermediates of all levels and good advanced skiers who prefer to remain on-piste, the most entertaining areas are Le Brevent and La Flegere, which are two separate areas nowadays usefully linked at altitude by a connecting cable car. This means that although you cannot actually ski between them, you can start your day on one and finish it on the other though if you have a car it will obviously make sense to finish up where you began, but be sure not to miss the last connecting lift. (By the way, it is subject to closure in high winds.) The easiest access to these two sectors is probably via the six-person gondola running up from close to the centre of town to Le Brevent. From the top station there is then a cable car running up to the summit at 2,525m, where there is a good restaurant with panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding area. The majority of the runs here are between 2,500m and 2,000m, but their relatively short length is more than compensated for by the awesome scenery that surrounds you.
Although it does have some advanced terrain, the Le Tour sector, which connects with Vallorcine, has plenty of gentle runs to appeal to early intermediates.
The highlight of many visits to Chamonix is a ride up to the top of the two-stage Aiguille du Midi cable car which, at 3,840m, is one of the highest in Europe. This is the departure point for the famous Vallee Blanche off-piste descent. The skiing on this long and spectacularly scenic run is not especially difficult, but the terrain is glacial and so extremely dangerous. The Vallee Blanche should never be attempted except in the company of a qualified mountain guide and is not recommended for those with a vertigo problem, but for all others if offers one of the worlds great ski experiences.
The Chamonix valley offers access to a variety of other ski destinations within less than an hours drive from Chamonix itself. These include Les Houches, St Gervais and the chic resort of Megeve. Deciding which of the many lift passes to purchase during a visit to the Chamonix valley can be tricky, for further information please see the lift pass section of this page.
Great for experts but not so good for learning.
Similar rules apply to boarders as skiers: Chamonix is a place of pilgrimage for the advanced and not the best of resorts in which to learn. The off-piste possibilities are vast and the on-piste runs can push even the best boarders. Head for the Grands Montets for a slice of the action where you will find an impressive fun park and half pipe which hold regular competitions.
Beginners should head for Le Tour although perversely there are rather more drag lifts here than elsewhere in the resort.
For boarders looking for nightlife, you will not be disappointed, there is a bountiful supply of suitable bars and clubs.
AN ADEQUATE SELECTION, BUT NOTHING FOR GOURMETS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
In general the mountain restaurants in the Chamonix valley are more to be recommended for their views than their food. This is especially true of the Panoramic at the top of the Brevent sector, which must have some of the best views of any mountain restaurant anywhere in the world. However the food is unexciting. A better place to lunch from a food point of view is the newish chalet-style bergerie Altitude 2000 restaurant at the top of the Gondola in Planpraz, which does good grills and has very friendly service. La Flegere has only a self-service restaurant.
On the Grands Montets sector, the large, modern and comfortable restaurant at Plan Joran has both service and self-service sections and is commonly regarded as the best mountain restaurant in the valley. The wonderfully rustic Chalet Refuge du Lognan , which lies off the beaten track overlooking the Argentiere glacier boasts good, wholesome French country cooking.
Generally good tuition and some of the best mountain guides in the world.
The official ESF French ski school here has a good reputation with British clients, as do the more modern Sensation Ski and a number of small independent outfits. Chamonix is home to the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, the oldest and most venerable mountain guiding service in the world. (Only those born in the Chamonix valley can belong to it.) But there are also other good guiding services operating here, such as Association Internationale des Guides, not to mention a number of first-rate independent guides, quite a few of them British. Some Recommended Ski Schools: Name: ESF Telephone: (+33) 0450 53 22 57 Fax: (+33) 0450 53 65 30 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.esf-chamonix.com Adults: 6 full days 340 Children: 6 full days 285 Private: 118 for 2hr for 1-2 pax, 3-4 pax 128 Name: Ski Sensations Telephone: + 33 (0)6 82 10 59 22 Fax: Email: email@example.com Website: www.ski-sensations.com Adults: Children: Private: full day /1- 4 pax 320 Name: Evolution 2 Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 55 53 57 Fax: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.evolution2.com Adults: 5 sessions,2hours 149 Children: 5 full days from 290 Private: Full day 335
The main Chamonix kindergarten is called the Panda Club and is run by the ESF with a branch in both Chamonix and Argentiere. Some Recommended Kindergartens: Name: Panda Club, Chamonix Telephone: +33 (0)4 50 55 90 22 Fax: Email: email@example.com Website: www.esf-chamonix.com Info: From 3 years old Name: Panda Club, Argentiere Telephone: +33 (0)4 50 55 90 22 Fax: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.panda-club.com Info: Ages 3-12 yrs
6 day lift passes: - Under 16: 130 - 16 to 59: 243 - Over 60: 198
Plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets.
For serious skiing gourmets the crucial destination here is the restaurant of the Albert 1er hotel which has superb cooking rated two-stars by Michelin and is priced accordingly. Its annexe property La Ferme also has the Maison Carrier restaurant which serves rustic French fare in appropriate surroundings. The cosy little restaurant of the Auberge du Bois Prin is another gastronomic treat if you can get a table, that is. The Eden at Les Praz and the Jeu de Paume at Lavancher are two other hotels with a good reputation for their food.
In town, LAtmosphere is a perennial favourite and has a good selection of wines from the Savoie region. LImpossible , the eighteenth century barn converted into a restaurant by the original extreme skier Sylvain Saudan, has the best ambience in town and serves hearty Savoyarde specialities which incorporate huge quantities of cheese and potato. Le Sarpe in Les Bois is another place with a good atmosphere and reliable Savoyarde food.
Otherwise Chamonix has countless brasseries and cafes as well as a number of ethnic restaurants you can find Mexican, Spanish, Chinese and even Japanese food in this town.
Just as challenging as the skiing and as much variety.
There is a huge variety of bars and nightclub in Chamonix and, in particular, young skiers and riders imbued with stamina will be likely to find the apres-ski element of their holiday as tiring as the ski/board element. Market forces and fashion tend to mean that the bar scene here changes rapidly, with bars suddenly closing and re-opening with new identities on a regular basis. Apologies, therefore, if this guide is not always up-to-the-minute.
The apres-ski partying begins around 5.00pm in town at bars such as the Chambre Neuf and the Choucas and Driver video bars. After dinner the focus of the action moves to Wild Wallabies (a bar inspired by St Antons famous Krazy Kanguruh), the Mill Street Bar , the Bumble Bee , La Cantina (which sometimes has live music) and the Bar du Moulin .
In the early hours Arbat, which has the best live music in Chamonix, and Dicks Tea Bar are popular for drinking and dancing. Real night owls always end up in Blue Night , which doesnt close until 5.00am.
For those who want a quiet, civilised drink the Cocktail Bar of the Hotel Mont Blanc, which sometimes has live piano music, can be recommended.
Up in Argentiere the Office Bar is the unchallenged centre of all apres-ski activity, but there are also a number of other bars.
A fairly good choice, but not recommended early season.
Chamonix is a decent-sized town with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and so on to entertain non-skiers. There are also opportunities for ice-skating, curling and indoor tennis and squash. Non-skiers prepared to drive can also make excursions to pretty nearby villages such as Megeve. It is also possible for them to take cable cars and gondolas up the mountain for lunchtime rendezvous with skiers or simply to admire the amazing alpine panoramas. However it is important to remember that the town remains in the shadow of the mountains for most of the day during the first part of winter and so can feel cold, depressing and even claustrophobic until around the beginning of February.