Christmas & New Year Chalet Offers |Bons Plans pour Noel et Nouvel An

Last remaining chalets for Christmas & New Year | Derniers chalets pour Noël et le nouvel an

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We have a number of superb chalets on special offer for the last few remaining dates for this Christmas and New Year. Head to our Special Offers page to see which properties are still available.


Nous avons un certain nombre de superbes chalets en promotion pour les dernières dates de Noël et du nouvel an. Retrouvez tous les détails sur notre page ‘ Bons Plans

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To book these offers please contact us directly, quoting MBSO18/19| Veuillez nous contacter avec la code promo : MBSO18/19

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What to do in Chamonix when it’s raining

Sometimes the mountain weather doesn’t quite dish up the goods, and on a rainy day in Chamonix you may be at a bit of a loss for what to do..

Thankfully there are a few options to keep you or the family entertained if the rain starts to fall.


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Rafting / Hydrospeed / Airboat / Canyoning

Embrace getting wet and get booked onto a white water rafting trip through the centre of Chamonix or down at the lake in Passy. There are family friendly experiences to be had, or a more challenging grade 4 rapids to tackle over in Italy. Talk to our friends at Evolution 2 Chamonix and tell them you’re with Mountain Base for priority on any bookings. Prices start from €35 per child.


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Catch the latest movies at Cinema Vox in Chamonix centre or down in Les Houches next to the Mairie. If you’d like to watch films in English, make sure to buy tickets for the “VOST” films. They will be the original English speaking films with French subtitles. Ticket prices start from €5.50 per adult.


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Spa / Massage / Swim

There are plenty of choices of places to go in Chamonix for a spa session, in fact at most of the larger hotels. Here are some of our favourites: Hotel Heliopic tucked behind the Aiguille du Midi lift station, Park Hotel Suisse just across the square from the tourist office,  Grand Hotels des Alpes on the main pedestrian street in Chamonix centre, Hotel Mont Blanc next to the tourist office and the Refuge des Aiglons near Chamonix Sud bus station.


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Indoor Climbing

There’s a bouldering wall at Chamonix sports centre and a larger indoor climbing wall down in Les Houches for anyone looking to get their climbing fix. Bring your own climbing shoes or you can rent them from most sports shops for a small fee.


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Swimming

Chamonix’s indoor swimming pool is located at the Richard Bozon Sports centre. It’s 25m in length with massage jets, a jacuzzi, 130m water slide and a river rapid. Open every day of the week in peak seasons although only on afternoons at the weekend. There’s also a gym, sauna and steam room to make use of in the centre.


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Ice Skating

Don your ice skates (which you can rent on site) and head onto the ice for a skate about. Located just round the corner from the main sports centre you can pop across the road afterwards for a tasty burger and a beer at MBC.


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Museums / Galleries / Library

There are a good number of exhibits to visit at museums across the Chamonix Valley, from Vallorcine to Servoz. Learn about local history, crystals, mountaineering exploits in days gone by or pop into the library to borrow books or DVD’s to while away a rainy day.


 

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Casino

If you fancy a flutter, Chamonix’s casino can be found near the Terrasse bar and central post office. They have traditional card tables as well as 70 slot machines and electronic roulette.


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Arcade games / Table football / Ping pong

The Rocky Pop Hotel in Les Houches has covered areas where you can play table tennis, table football, and some classic arcade games. Grab a bite to eat from the restaurant or enjoy a drink from the bar whilst you’re there.


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La Petite Folie

Chamonix’s only soft play cafe is located in Chamonix Sud, next door to Monkey Bar. There’s a cafe on site and they host occasional events during the peak holiday seasons. Always ring ahead to check opening hours.


Hopefully the rain won’t last too long, but if you want to check in on what the weather people have predicted, take a look at some of our favourite Chamonix weather forecasts:

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Chamonix Tourist Office

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Chamonix Snow Forecast

Regional Storm Forecast & Alerts across France


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Kandahar Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup Comes to Chamonix

After a hiatus of 3 years, one of the fastest and most exciting ski races returns to the slopes of Les Houches in the Chamonix valley.

Kandahar World Cup Ski Race in Les Houches, Chamonix

Kandahar Ski World Cup race route and piste map Les HouchesBringing the best ski racers in the world to our little town, the Kandahar World Cup is more than just a race, it is a celebration that turns the quiet village of Les Houches into an outdoor festival.

The race takes place on the Piste Verte, starting at 1871m near the Prarion sector of the Les Houches ski area. The course plummets 870m in altitude and covers 3343m to finish near the base station of the Bellevue cable car – the best racers will manage this in under 2 minutes!

Today’s races take place at 10:30 (downhill) and 14:00 (slalom) with the prize-giving taking place in Chamonix town centre at 18:00.

Saturday’s race is the infamous Kandahar downhill, taking place at 12:15, with the prize giving taking place 14:30 at the finish line.

The finish line will be packed out with spectators, cheering and clanging their cowbells, as results and updates are posted live on big screens.

There are plenty of vantage points beside the race course that you can hike up to for a close-up view of the action as the racers speed by – they are the areas marked in green on this map. One of the most exciting place to watch from is the “Saut de la Route” just before the last big bend, where the skiers take off and fly through the air at high speed!

The pisteurs have been hard at work preparing the piste for several weeks now, smoothing it down to flat perfection and spraying it with water to cover it with a fine sheen of ice that will make the racers go even faster.

Chamonix ski champion Guillermo Fayed at the Kandahar World Cup ski race in Les HouchesSkiers to look out for include Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud from Norway, Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat Jeandet from France, Marcel Herscher from Austria, and Erik Guay from Canada. Alas, American ski star Ted Ligety is out of the running due to a recently torn ACL incurred during training in January.

We’ll be cheering for local boy Guillermo Fayed from Chamonix who has been doing really well in training, you can see him checking out the course here:

Getting to Les Houches is easy by public transport; just catch bus number 1 or 15 from Chamonix, free with your ski pass or carte d’hôte guest card – there will be extra buses laid on to deal with all the extra passengers. We do NOT recommend trying to drive there as you will struggle to find anywhere to park and some of the roads will be closed to traffic. You can find more information on accessing the race site here.

Kandahar World Cup Ski Race in Les Houches, Chamonix

If you can’t make it in person then you can follow the race live with the Vogo Sport app, you can even choose which camera angle you want to view and zoom in on your favourite racers, it’s as close as you can get to being on the race course alongside them. There will be live race results posted on the FIS website and the highlights will be shown on Ski Sunday.

Kitsch Inn restaurant and apres ski bar in Les Houches, ChamonixPerfectly located at the finish line, the Kitsch Inn will be getting the party going with live music from 4pm and as well as their usual scrummy menu they’ll also have the amazing Le Savoie Faire team outside serving burgers, sausages & chips as well as warming, homemade vin chaud & spiced apple juice, soft drinks and snacks from their funky van.

If you want to learn to ski like Guillermo and the rest of the team then ski lessons are a great place to start! Whether you’re looking for group or private ski or snowboard lessons we have a great team of instructors ready to get you flying down the slopes, just contact us for details and booking.