Chalet The Loft at 272
The chalet itself is of a minimalist but traditional design. A cosy four bed chalet centred around an open plan kitchen, dining room and seating area around the wood burner. The sofa'd up snug at the front of the building looks out over the Bossons Glacier and depending on which side of the chalet your room is on you'll have views across the town and onto the Brévent ski area or over the Mont Blanc Massif mountain range.
The chalet sleeps a maximum of seven people and you'll have a private chef and host to look after you. Breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner canapes with fizz and a four course evening meal with wine are all included in your stay. You can eat out on the mountains or down in town for lunch for a taste of the local specialities. Just don't eat your body weight in cheese if you plan on skiing further than back to the chalet in the afternoon.
What we like
- Central location with renown après bar 'Chambre Neuf' three floors down
- Intimate nature of the private chalet with open plan communal areas and a minimalist yet traditional design
- Fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, it's a bonus to being on the top floor
- It's flexiski ran so you'll have two staff members creating delicious food and giving local tips and secrets
- The chalet is on top of the Hotel Gustavia so you'll use the main reception for access and catch the elevator up to the chalet
- The chalet night off is on a Monday or a Tuesday - so if you're staying mid-week you get to try out awesome restaurants such as 'La Calèche', an experience we'd highly recommend
Chamonix Resort Info
Chamonix is one of the French Alps' flagship resorts, one of its busiest hubs and has some of the best, most challenging skiing too. An expert's paradise, with extensive lift-served off-piste runs including the iconic Vallée Blanche, and some serious high altitude runs at Grands Montets and Brévent. At busy times, you can barely move around central Chamonix for all of the huge off-piste skis, serious looking backpacks and rugged mountain guides.
Chamonix can work for beginners and intermediates too though, you just need to know where to look. Le Tour and Les Houches both offer gentle terrain and tree-lined pistes where you can shelter if the weather closes in. However, you've got to understand Chamonix as it won't suit everyone. It's split into 5 distinct and very seperate ski areas and you will need to use the Chamonix Valley transport system to do the whole thing justice. Le Tour and Les Houches for example are at opposite ends of the valley, nearly 20km apart. The bus and train services are excellent, but having to travel between ski areas isn't every beginner's cup of tea.
The more adventurous will also find that Courmayeur in Italy and even Verbier in Switzerland are accessible for a day trip from Chamonix.
Chamonix is one of the finest ski resorts in the French Alps and offers something for everyone. You must be prepared to put in the effort to get the most out of Chamonix, but if you are then you will find a wealth of Alpine experiences that will have you coming back for years to come.
Chamonix ski resort
Chamonix is a large, bustling town in its own right. Totally different to the purpose built resorts on offer elsewhere in the region. It has a large year-round population and the resort amenities are like no other. The large pedestrianized centre offers a huge choice of shops, bar restuarants and nightclubs. There's even a casino and the range of off-slope activities can seem endless. If you have non-skiers in your group then Chamonix should be at the top of your list as it can keep everyone entertained.
To top it off, Chamonix is located only 1 hour from Geneva, making it one of the shortest transfers. Uniquely, Chamonix manages to combine this lighting fast transfer with true high-altitude and glacier skiing. Other resorts with similar transfer times (Morzine, for example) can't offer the same high altitude skiing.
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