After 17 years, its finally time to close the doors on Chamonix Self Catered. We have had a marvellous time running these chalets and welcoming the many wonderful people who have come and given their enthusiasm to their stays with us, who have lit up and breathed life into these chalets. What an extraordinary experience and privilege it has been for us to provide you wonderful people with you holiday accommodation. Thank you all.
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We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Eves as the new Resort Manager for Chalet in the Mountains and Chamonix Self Catered. Angela is a very experienced resort manager who has resided in the Chamonix Valley with her family for many years and brings with her a wealth of local knowledge. We are very excited to welcome her to the team and look forward to a rewarding and busy season ahead.
From all the variety of ski areas available in the Chamonix Valley, then Les Houches has to be the first choice for families. The relaxed alpine village of Les Houches provides plenty of family friendly ski as well non- skiing activities to keep the whole family happy.
Remember: plentiful activities for children is the guarantee of a successful holiday, both for children and parents alike.
Les Houches is not just about child friendly ski breaks, its goal is to provide a great venue for family friendly fun. Les Houches village, located in the Chamonix Valley, has been accredited with the official “Famille Plus” Certification, which means that the family friendly label is not just an empty marketing slogan, it really does mean something! In fact, Les Houches is the only ski area and in the Chamonix Valley which holds this accreditation.
Les Houches offers the full range; from child friendly accommodation to extensive childcare options including day-care and nurseries as well as ski schools that provide expert tuition for children as young as 4 years old right up teenagers with their eyes on competition standard skiing. The aim is to make your family friendly ski holiday a great success!
Ah, summer is here. The glorious season of the year when most of us take life a little less seriously, set off on a long awaited holiday and let the warm summer sun breath life into our Vitamin D deprived skin.
Summer vacations in the mountains have been rising in popularity and are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Did you know that Chamonix Mont Blanc is as much a summer resort as a winter resort? So why not trade the hustle and bustle of the French Riviera with the beauty and serenity of the French Alps.
The new pool at the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon (214 av. de la Plage, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) now has both indoor and outdoor areas and is suited as much to soaking up the summer rays and cooling in the summer heat is it is to training and improving your fitness.
The recent renovation project now means the Chamonix pool complex now offers:
- 25m indoor swimming pool
- 50m outdoor pool with 6 lanes
- Outside are for sunbathing with a drinks and snack bar
- A fun pool of with massage jets
- A new kids pool with water falls
- ‘Pentagliss’ play area with 3 water slides
- river rapids
- jacuzzi, hamman and sauna
- completely renovated changing and shower facilities
Adult : 5,30 € / Child : 4 €
Congratulations Paul and Steve!! You did it!!!!
Congratulations to our friends Paul O’Neil and Steve Hancock who successfully climbed to the summit of Mont Blanc at 10:57am on 8 July 2010. Starting from village of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley, they hauled themselves up to the top of the highest mountain peak in Europe, a daunting 4,810m (15,781 ft) above sea level. No mean feat, especially considering neither of them are experienced climbers (well i guess they are now, but they weren’t when they started!!)
Nice one boys, an incredible achievement!
…. and if just getting to the top wasn’t enough, they also raised a huge pile of cash for the National Autism Association.
The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will educate society that autism is not a lifelong incurable genetic disorder but one that is biomedically definable and treatable. We will raise public and professional awareness of environmental toxins as causative factors in neurological damage that often results in an autism or related diagnosis. We will encourage those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential, funding efforts toward this end through appropriate research for finding a cure for the neurological damage from which so many affected by autism suffer.
Yesterday (22 June 2010) the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang ( South Korea) have all been selected as Candidate Cities to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which means the three cities will move on to the second phase of the bidding procedure.
Yesterday’s decision was based on an analysis of venues, transport, accommodation, security in each of the cities in order to establish their technical potential for staging successful Olympic Winter Games in 2018. All three cities were accepted, however the IOC did ask Annecy to review its plans for dispersed sports venues by the next stage of the bidding process.
This is exciting news for us as it means the 2018 Olympics could be coming to the Chamonix Valley. The Kandahar run on the Verte piste at Les Houches (and one of the ski stations of the Chamonix Valley) is part of the Annecy bid. The Kandahar is one of the classic races of the World Cup skiing season and has been regularly hosting Word Cup Ski events since 1924.
The next stage of the 2018 Winter Olympics bidding process is 11 January 2011, when the three cities are required to submit their Candidature File to the IOC. This will be followed by visits to the cities by the IOC Evaluation Committee during Feb-Mar with a final technical briefing in May 2011. The final decision will be made during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban on 6 July 2011.
Les Houches village is the family friendly area of the Chamonix Valley. With our sledge runs and outdoor ice skating rink we have plenty of activities but sometimes parents need to relax and have fun too!!
So here are some of the options open to you.
Someone to come to the chalet at a time and hours to suit you. There is a list provided at the “Marie” of qualified registered childminders or there are ads in the supermarkets etc for local teenagers who are looking for some extra pocket money.
Creche/haute garderie (3mths -3yrs)
Tel:+33 (0) 4 50 54 48 19
Centre village – Les Houches
Open Mon to Fri places suject to availability you must pre-book.
Club Enfants des Chavants (18mths – 3yrs)
Situated next to the snow garden at the bottom of Parion skilift Les Houches. Open Mon-Fri
Club Enfants des Chavants (3yrs+)
+33 (0) 4 50 54 43 33
Situated next to the snow garden at the bottom of Parion skilift Les Houches. Open Sun -Fri
Centre Loisir – activities MCJ
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 12 24
“les p’tits bout’ch” aux Pelerins (3yrs -5yrs)
The FIS (International Ski Federation) has confirmed that Chamonix will be one of the venues the Ski World Cup 2010/2011 season.
The FIS has just issued a press release confirming that the FIS Council decided on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup calendar 2010/2011. The good news is the Chamonix Valley will again host the Men’s Downhill ski competition on Saturday 29th January 2011 and the Super Combined (downhill and slalom) on Sunday, 30th January 30th.
Both of these Chamonix events will be held on the mythic “Verte des Houches”, which has a long history of hosting Ski World Cup events.
When the Ski World Cup comes to town, its always a lot of fun as the whole village gets taken over by the spirit of the occasion for the weekend. There’s a great crowd atmosphere around the finishing line, plus the all important giant screens showing the competitors progress right from the starting gates at the top. Access to the slopes during the event is also easy, and is well recommended, as it gives you a real up close and personal view of the awesome speeds at which the competitors come flying down the run.