Meet the locals in Chamonix
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A behind the scenes guide to life, lifts and logistics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Antoine Burnet & Mathieu Dechavanne
With fresh snow up high and just a few weeks to go until the lifts open, Chamonix is buzzing with anticipation as we wait for the 2012-13 ski season to get underway. Of all the Chamonix locals busy gearing up for winter, there can be few busier than...
Talking Numbers with the Manager of Intersport Rental Website
Aurelien De Pierrefeu
Hiring skis in Chamonix is easier than ever now that you can pre-book online. The process seems so simple - log on, fill in your destination, dates, pick the right package for you, et voila - you turn up and everything is ready for you to go off and...
Meet one of the team behind one of the toughest Endurance Races we've ever heard of
2015 saw the birth of Evergreen Endurance, a totally new and extremely challenging set of triathlon races taking competitors across the mountains from Morzine to Chamonix.
Chamonix local tells us what it's really like to run a UTMB race
As torrential rain, snow at altitude and freezing temperatures all hit the valley last weekend, thousands of trail runners were lining up on the start line to take part in one of the world’s toughest endurance races: The North Face Ultra Trail...
BASE Jumping in Chamonix Mont Blanc with Ellen Brennan
Adventure sports in Chamonix are nothing new. The town and the mountains almost birthed the adventure sports scene in Europe. But with each passing year new adventure sports emerge and when they do people quickly discover that Chamonix is one of the...
Step back in time & learn about the man who built these unique Alpine chalets & the family of the woman that now owns them
Just a short walk from the centre of Chamonix on a little side road to Route des Pecles are two very unique chalets with a very interesting history. They've been in Florence Kielholz's family for over 50 years now, and she's got some...
Chamonix from a Mountain Guide's Perspective
Mountain Guides in Chamonix are almost as famous as the legendary mountains themselves. As the undisputed home of mountaineering and steep skiing worldwide, every year thousands of adventure-lovers make their way to Chamonix to fulfill a variety of...
An insider's guide to life as a pro skier, freeskiing in Chamonix and who to look out for in the 2013 Freeride World Tour
As the best freeriders in the world gather in Revelstoke this weekend for the first stop on the all-new Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face, we were fortunate to be able to have a sit down with a free skiing legend, holder of the world record...
Meet the hairdresser with ideas for bringing sustainable gardening to Chamonix
There has been lots of chat recently about the air quality in Chamonix, our impact on the environment, global warming, the crazy weather in the US, when's it going to snow next?!... One person who takes sustainability seriously and cares about our...
High heels or mountaineering boots?
High heels or mountaineering boots? A common dilemma, especially for a lot of the women who live in the Chamonix Valley.. Once such woman with a large & versatile collection of footwear and apparel is Heather Swift, who by day is an office-bound...
Adventures vs stuffed marmottes, dangling in crevasses & hanging with Snoop Dog
Some people here in Chamonix have very enviable jobs, including Jacinta McHale who is the bubbly 'Visage Anglais' for Evolution 2 Chamonix. She tells us a bit more about what they do, what brought her to Chamonix and her love of men in...
The World is Not Enough for this ex-chef turned mountain guide
When most of us think about a career in the French Alps we can only dream of being a top Chef, daring rock climber or talented mountain guide...but imagine being all three! Chamonix born Jean Marie Olianti is just that, a mountain guide who is a...
Jonas tells us about the last 20 years at one of Chamonix’s busiest bars
This weekend marks a special birthday in Chamonix - on Saturday night we’ll be celebrating 20 years of The Pub! We got together with owner Jonas Smart to find out how he has handled two decades at the helm of one of Chamonix’s most...
'Douds' talks about winning the FWT and snowboarding in Chamonix
Jonathan 'Douds' Charlet
Chamonix's own Jonathan 'Douds' Charlet is one of the best snowboarders in the world right now. In 2012 he won the Mens Snowboard category of the Freeride World Tour and last weekend he picked up first place in the Chamonix stop on this...
From ski bum to published novelist
Jonathan Trigell is the acclaimed author of 4 very different novels, taking everything from his seasonaire days in Chamonix to the tales of Christ's apostles for inspiration.
Chamonix's luxury chalet experts
Lisa Davis - Director at Amazon Creek
Lisa Davis came to Chamonix eight years ago as a yoga instructor, having spent time teaching yoga in the UK and the States. Now she runs one of the premier luxury chalet companies in Chamonix. That's a pretty impressive eight years.
Making your luxury Chamonix ski holiday that little more special
Les Rives d'Argentiere or 'Les Rives' as the business is known locally, comprises of 4 separate luxurious chalets with an outdoor heated swimming pool, 4 hot tubs, a cinema room, fitness and spa area and chill out zone. The buildings ooze...
The property duo share skiing tips, what makes Chamonix special & what brought them here
Matt Edelsten & Andy Symington
You often hear or know of people who have set up a chalet / apartment rental business or a property sales business, but it's not very often that you hear of a company that does both, and successfully at that. Co-directors of Mountain Base Matt...
Meet one of the most qualified British Snowboard Instructors in the Chamonix Valley
It takes a long time and a lot of effort to become a fully qualified snowboard instructor, and especially to get qualified to teach in France. But then the rewards start to pay off with hundreds of days spent on the mountain, obligatory queue jumping...
Shaking up the nationalities of Chamonix & bringing us all together
We all have our separate groups and clicks of friends here in the Chamonix valley, and we're all aware that this place we call home is a mixing pot of people from all around the world.. but how often do you get really to meet any of these people,...
An Anglo-Indian chef passionate about food and the mountains
Roo Hasan - Owner at PomPom Private Catering
Roo Hasan decided to set up a private catering business in the Alps after training as an illustrator in the UK. In Chamonix, she found the perfect produce, cosmopolitan clientele and inspiring landscape to make all her professional dreams come true.
Work hard...and play harder!
From the standard hoody and jeans combo that is a wardrobe staple you'd never suspect that this man was an incredibly successful businessman in Chamonix...
Flying, biking, skiing, climbing.. it's all about the lifestyle here in Chamonix!
Chamonix draws people from all around the world with interests in a variety of different sports and activities and over the last 35 years, paragliding has become increasingly popular. No longer just the sport of one person and their wing, it's...
The dangers of following Sat Navs, the best coffee in Geneva airport and sleeping in the off-season
If ever there was a prize given out to ‘the unsung heroes in the Alps’, airport transfer companies would surely be nominated for it every time. Early mornings, late nights, flight delays, snow, rain, fog, hairpin mountain roads, Geneva...
The Original Swedish Chef Returns to Chamonix
When it comes to the apres ski scene in Chamonix, it doesn't get better than a night out in Chambre 9. With great live music and a fantastic atmosphere, it is little wonder that the bar in the Hotel Gustavia is one of the favourite haunts for...
Guided Photography Walks, Inspiring Locations And Magical Local Encounters
The Chamonix valley is one of the most visually spectacular places and home to Western Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc. The mountains here are legendary and so it comes as no surprise that thousands make the journey here each year to ski,...
Chamonix Running Team Who Race for Charity
The Neverest Girls
Chamonix brings lots of people together in ways they could never have imagined through hanging out on the trails, on the mountains and in the sky. One group of friends who have come together through their love of the outdoors are The Neverest Girls.
Preview of this weekend's 50km trail running event in Chamonix
Trail des Aiguilles Rouges
Nothing says ‘autumn in Chamonix’ more than morning frosts, long sleeves, quiet crags, and of course the annual edition of the Trail des Aiguilles Rouges. This weekend hundreds of trail runners will descend upon Chamonix to tackle the 50km...
Find out how the weather is predicted and how accurate it can be from the man behind Chamonix-meteo.com
We met with Yves-Marie Maquet to find out more about the weather in Chamonix and learned all about crime fiction, 17th century astrologers and yacht racing along the way - there's more to the weather man than we predicted...