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Chamonix Isn't Just For Skiers

16 Feb 2011  My husband and I recently spent 4 wonderful nights in Chamonix. We did a lot of memorable things but skiing wasn't one of them.
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Here is how to have a fabulous winter vacation in Chamonix without ever putting on ski boots.

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  • 1. Stay at Chalet Vert et Blanc.

    This friendly, comfortable and relaxed catered chalet will take very good care of you, including providing delicious breakfasts and dinners, booking your activities and offering recommendations, directions, etc. Soak up the fabulous views as you soak in the outdoor hot tub while sipping vin chaud.

  • 2. Take the Cable Car to the Aiguille du Midi.

    This is a breathtaking experience. At over 12,600 feet you are at the highest lift station in Europe. The panoramic, above-the-clouds views are not to be missed.

  • 3. Take the Montenvers Train to the Mer de Glace.

    Another awesome experience. This is the largest glacier in France and it's well worth the 350 steps down and back up to visit the ice cave.

  • 4. Go Snowshoeing with Salamander Adventures.

    They will tailor your experience according to what you are looking for. Our guide Phil led us up 1000 feet as we covered 5 miles of beautiful terrain. Great exercise and a wonderful way to see some gorgeous scenery.

  • 5. Go Dog Sledging.

    A lot of fun. Depending on how adventurous you are, either try your hand at driving or just go along for the ride. Both Evo 2 and Husky Dalen offer dog sledging. (www.huskydalen.com)

  • 6. Eat at the restaurant Atmosphere on the Chalet's night off.

    The food and service here were excellent and the ambiance fantastic with our table overlooking the river.

  • 7. Enjoy some Savoyard specialties for lunch.

    We can recommend the tartiflette at Elevation, the fondue at Le Monchu and the raclette at Le Dahu in Argentiere.

  • 8. Save room for desert and treat yourself to a creme de marron waffle (gauffre) at the take-out ice cream/crepe counter in the center of town.

    To-die-for!! Our mouths are watering at the mere thought.

  • 9. Walk around the village of Chamonix and do some souvenir shopping.

    It's 20 minutes from the chalet into town along a scenic footpath. The exercise will help work off some of those Savoyard specialties.