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Bonjour, Chamonix: Almanac

Bonjour, Chamonix: Almanac

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By Andrew Slough
posted: 02/21/2000

  • Getting There
  • Swissair (800-221-4750) offers daily flights into Geneva from nine major U.S. gateways. For information on Swissair air-and-land packages call (800) 688-7947.
  • When To Go
  • For hardcore powder, visit during the last two weeks in January or in early March. For spring conditions and weather, try later March or April.
  • Sleeping In
  • (All international calls to France begin with "011 33.") For a central location try the Hotel Morgane, 4 50 53 57 15. For a 19th century luxury experience, book Le Hameau Albert 1ER, 4 50 53 05 09. Also try the three-star La Sapiniere 4 50 53 07 63. Or for a choice of accommodations, call Central Reservations, 4 50 53 23 33 or e-mail reservation@chamonix.com.
  • Dining Out
  • Don't miss Pierre Carrier's Albert Premier Restaurant, which recently earned a second Michelin Star. Also try Le Sarpe 4 50 53 29 31 in Les Praz or L'Impossible 4 50 53 20 36 in Chamonix.
  • Ski Instruction and Guides
  • Call Compagnie Des Guides, 4 50 53 48 04, or Mark Jones' Best of the Alps, 4 50 54 20 24 (phone and fax).
  • Kicking Butt
  • Test your skills on L'Envers du Plan off the Aiguille du Midi-but not without a guide.

  • Kicking Back
  • Enjoy swimming, saunas, turkish baths and water slides at Richard Bozon Sport's Center, 4 50 53 09 07.
  • Activities
  • The Tourist Office offers two-hour history tours of the Chamonix Valley. Also take a whirl on Chamonix's natural ice rink.
  • Don't Miss
  • A spring tour of Chamonix's Ice sculptures.
  • Don't Forget
  • Buy Carte Neige Insurance, which covers medical attention and evacuation. Available at the Tourist Office, 4 50 53 00 24.
  • Vital Statistics
  • Base Elevation: 3,400 feet. Summit Elevation: 12,605 feet, Aiguille du Midi 12,467 feet. Vertical Rise: 9,205 feet. Average Annual Snowfall: roughly 600 inches. Lift Ticket Price: $39. For information call 4 50 53 00 24.

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