Our Favourite Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chamonix

Do something a bit different than the usual fondue and wine this Valentine’s Day – treat your loved one (and yourself) to a magical experience in the mountains.

Sunset over the mountains from the restaurant terrace at Chalet Bachais in ComblouxSoirée Bachais
For the full Alpine experience you can ride up the ski slopes after dark on a snowcat or skidoo to the fabulous Chalet Bachais where you’ll be greeted with an aperitif on the terrace. Enjoy a traditional Savoyard meal with local cheeses, washed down with several glasses of wine, and then feel the wind in your hair as you sledge back down to the charming village of Combloux where your transport home awaits.
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Snowshoe hiking in ChamonixSnowshoe Under the Stars
Snowshoeing is a great activity for those who want to go off the beaten track and explore the valley away from the ski areas. Your snowshoe guide will take you on an evening adventure through the forests, finishing up at a cosy restaurant where you can wine and dine before hiking back with full bellies and rosy cheeks.
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The Italian Job, skidoos and mountain restaurant in CourmayeurThe Italian Job
If you like your romance with a bit of adventure then The Italian Job is the one for you – skidoo up to an Italian restaurant on the ski slopes of Courmayeur, enjoy a delicious meal and maybe end up dancing on the tables, then ski back down by moonlight. We take care of getting you there and back, so you can relax and enjoy a prosecco or two.
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Wine tasting at ChaChaCha in ChamonixWine Tasting
Start your night off with wine tasting at ChaChaCha, where the sommelier will guide you through 6 wines, explaining the differences between them as you sip. This friendly and informal experience usually costs 15€ but clients of Mountain Lifestyle get a special price of just 12€. You’ll then be able to navigate the wine list with confidence when you go for dinner!

 

Chamonix Restaurant L'ImpossibleChamonix Restaurants
Chamonix has a number of excellent restaurants, you can’t fail to impress if you take your date to any of our favourites including L’Impossible, Munchie, L’Atmosphere, Cap Horn or La Revola. Albert 1er, at the hotel of the same name, has 2 Michelin stars awarded for their gastronomic take on traditional Savoyard cuisine. Set menus start from 42€ for a two course lunch and if you go à la carte then the sky’s the limit!

Forget Paris, Chamonix is Where the Love is at this Valentine’s Day!

So, you’re in Chamonix for the most romantic day of the year? Oooh la la… Swerve the busy pistes and do something special together with one of our favourite winter activities.

Skidoo to Restaurant in ChamonixDiner à Deux
Go for dinner. Really? That’s it? You can do that anywhere! Hang on, how about skidoo up under the moonlight to a cosy mountain restaurant, enjoy a wonderful meal with local wine, ski or sledge back down under the stars… ahhhh.

See here for more ideas on how to spend a truly special evening…

Spa Pre Saint Didier in CourmayeurChill Out
Indulge in some serious relaxation. The daily grind is hard work and being on holiday is your chance to unwind and spend some precious downtime together. The Pre Saint Didier Spa is the perfect place to do this, you can even combine it with a day out in Italy for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Find out more about our favourite spas in the Chamonix area…

Paragliding in ChamonixOn the Wings of Love
Flying over Mont Blanc is an unforgettable experience; either snuggle up in a helicopter, or wave to each other from the air as you each do a tandem parapente flight. Either way, you’ll have done something very special to remember the day!

Read on for details of all our air adventures…

Husky sledding in ChamonixMush!
Take the reins and drive a team of huskies through the snow while you steer the sled. Husky sledding is great fun and you’ll get the hang of it in no time, either drive your own sled or travel as a passenger.

See here for more information on husky sledding…

Snowboarding Les Grands Montets, Chamonix Mont BlancPlay Safe, Stay Safe
If you ski or snowboard together then you should know how to look out for each other. Take one of our avalanche awareness or off-piste safety courses to make your days out on the mountain as fun and safe as possible.

All off-piste courses and mountain guiding can be found here…

Chamonix Wine TastingDiscover Fine Wines
Toast your happiness with an excellent wine. Our partners at ChaChaCha offer wine tastings every evening of a selection of 6 wines, sampling the finest of various regions. Book through us and get a special 20% discount, leaving you enough cash to splurge on a nice bottle to take home!

Contact us to book your place…

Chamonix Christmas LightsWe also offer a great choice of other activities and we’re happy to organise something special on request – visit our website or contact us for a chat to see what we can do!

If you’re looking for information on the best bars and restaurants in Chamonix then take a peek at our resort information pages, where you’ll find the lowdown on all our favourite places to eat and drink.

Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Gott Nytt År, Buon Anno, С Новым Годом, Glückliches Neues Jahr…!

Chamonix Weather Snow Forecast
Snow Forecast in Chamonix for this weekend!

Merry Christmas! We hope you had a lovely day filled with fun and surprises! It wasn’t quite the white Christmas that we’re used to out here, but that looks set to change very soon with quite heavy snowfall forecast for this weekend – bring it on!

So Christmas may be over for another year but there’s still plenty going on in Chamonix. The biggest night of the year is just around the corner and there’s so many parties to choose from that it’s just as well most places will be taking advantage of the all-night license that is granted every New Year’s Eve.

New Year's Eve in Chamonix
New Year’s Eve Party at La Terrasse

The biggest party will be at La Terrasse, right in the centre of town. With 5 DJs playing across 2 floors it looks set to be a great night; funky party vibes downstairs, house and techno upstairs – tickets cost 25€ each and can be bought in advance at La Terrasse.

If something a bit more chilled is more your style then why not check out the chic new lounge bar at Hotel Heliopic where Erik, Mollie & Thibaud will be playing laid-back jazz and blues classics. They have a great cocktail menu and big cosy armchairs to nestle back into, not to mention the absolute forest of Christmas trees that they have decked the place out with – it’s like Narnia in there!

New Year's Eve in Chamonix
New Year’s Eve in Chamonix

There’ll be plenty going on in all the bars and restaurants so if you don’t want to tie yourself to just one event then take a stroll round town and soak up the atmosphere. Rue du Moulin always has a good carnival vibe going on, with people milling in and out of all the hip bars on the tiny old backstreet. There is a little Chamonix tradition of gathering at the clock tower just before midnight to count in the New Year, it’s crowded and chaotic but lots of fun. If you’ve got children then put them on your shoulders so that they can get a good view of the firework display that follows the countdown.

La Caleche Restaurant Chamonix
Restautant La Caleche looking very festive

Many restaurants are offering a special New Year’s Eve menu with such decadent treats as champagne, scallops and truffles. Booking is highly recommended if you want to be sure of a table, have a look at our restaurants guide to see which ones are our favourites.

Don’t forget that if you want to enjoy a delicious feast at home without the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning we can organise private catering for you – anything from a full dinner party to dropping off some freshly cooked heat-and-serve meals prepared by one of our talented chefs. Visit our website for all the various catering options and prices.

Spa Pre Saint Didier in Courmayeur
Spa Pre Saint Didier in Courmayeur

If you need a bit of downtime to recover from all the partying then you can’t beat a trip to the spa at Pré Saint Didier over in Italy. Housed in a beautiful old villa, it’s a labyrinth of treatment rooms and relaxation suites with every hot, cold, soothing, exfoliating, invigorating, relaxing sensation you can imagine. We’ve been a few times and still keep discovering new rooms every time we go back! Our partner company, Haute Transfer, run regular bus trips there and back from just 44€ per person – read more about Pré Saint Didier and other nearby spas here.

cropped-5.jpgSo, what will 2015 bring for you? Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions that you want to achieve in the New Year? How about skiing the world-famous Vallée Blanche with a mountain guide? Or ice climbing on frozen waterfalls? Flying over the peaks perhaps and getting a bird’s eye view of Mont Blanc with a parapente flight or helicopter ride? You can do all these things right here in Chamonix, as well as plenty more besides. Have a look at our winter activities page to find out more about all the fantastic experiences you can have and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

In the meantime, we wish you a very happy New Year and all the best for 2015!

Apres-Ski Season is Officially Open in Chamonix

Aiguille du Midi cable car Chamonix
The new cabins on the Aiguille du Midi cable car

So, no surprises here but it has been announced that all of the lifts will be opening next weekend (13th December). It had been hoped that Les Grands Montets and Les Houches would open tomorrow but until we get some more of the fluffy white stuff we’re going to have to wait it out. The new Aiguille du Midi cable car and Les Grands Montets gondola are all primed and ready to leap into action as soon as the weather changes. Snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow though, so keep those fingers (and toes, and whatever else you’ve got) crossed that it keeps on coming.

La Terrasse apres-ski bar chamonix mont blanc
La Terrasse Bar in centre of Chamonix

The ski season might not be in full swing yet but the apres-ski season is well underway! La Terrasse flings its doors open tonight after a refurb, under new management and with a new team behind the bar. Get there early for Happy Hour deals from 4pm until 7pm, then specials all night on shots and Jager Bombs. Live music with The Elements from 10pm and Desperado on tap – it’s probably a blessing in disguise that the lifts aren’t opening tomorrow, to be honest.

L'Impossible Restaurant in Chamonix, vegan, vegetarian, organic Italian food
L’Impossible Restaurant in Chamonix

One of our favourite restaurants reopens tonight. L’Impossible is something a bit out of the ordinary – organic, local, seasonal produce beautifully prepared with a strong emphasis on healthy eating. You’ll find lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options (although there is plenty to satisfy meat-lovers as well). Run by a family of effusively warm and friendly Italians, the food is delicious and the wine list is excellent – we’ve had many a fine night there.

Munchies restaurant in Chamonix
Amazing Thai-inspired cuisine at Munchies in Chamonix

Anyone suffering withdrawal from tempura squid and duck teriyaki will be relieved to hear that Munchies reopens again tonight, with all the usual favourites on the menu as well as some new additions with ingredients that sound so exotic that it’s always a bit of a mystery what you’re actually ordering – nasu dengaku anyone? Whatever you get, it’s always good.

There are a few changes in the air this winter, our little birds tell us that what was the Mix Bar on the Rue des Moulins will be transformed into a sushi restaurant and cocktail bar. They reopen next week on Friday 12th December with a new name (classified information so far) and a brand new look – will it be as good as Satsuki? There’s only one way to find out… pass the chopsticks please!

The tiny pizzeria on Rue des Moulins only opened last year and quickly gained a loyal following for their deliciously thin and crispy freshly-baked pizzas. Given that the restaurant was smaller than your average ski locker, they’ve expanded this season to provide seating for up to 30 hungry gannets. No word on if they’re licensed yet but they were always happy for you to BYO.

There are also mutterings of the old No Escape bar being turned into a swanky new restaurant, along the lines of l’Atmosphere – watch this space for further details.

Cross-Country Skiing in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Cross-Country Skiing in Chamonix

Despite the lack of snow the Nordic Monster Test is still planning to go ahead as scheduled tomorrow at the Foyer de Fond opposite the MBC. This is your chance to borrow some top-of-the-range kit and have a go at cross-country skiing with the guys from Ravanel Sports. Even if the tracks aren’t going to be up to scratch there is always a fun atmosphere with mulled wine, cakes and cool stuff to be won! Pop along if you’re interested in signing up for lessons this winter or in joining the ski de fond club, they’re a very friendly bunch.

We’ll let you know as soon as we have any more information on snow conditions or ski area openings – keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates.