I wanted to snowboard in Chamonix, but had no idea where to stay, and decided on Valley Fever's chalet out in Argentiere, which is a 15min bus journey into town - and there's lots of buses.
Argentiere is a small village with a community atmosphere, and although there aren't as many bars as Chamonix, you can still find some decent apres-ski.
The hosts, Dave and Sally, an Australian couple doing their first season, are fantastic. They're both genuinely friendly, helpful, and fun, and although it's their first season in Chamonix, they've both picked up the area quickly, and can advise on all things.
The food was good - catered chalets are definitely the way to go if you're looking to meet people and make friends. The evening meal was always social, and then retiring to the open wood fire in the lounge - or further afield in Argentiere.
Valley Fever owner, Gary, organised my transfer and lift pass, and was excellent help during the booking process - I was disappointed not to get out boarding with him as he was a good laugh - I think the entire Valley Fever team take a hand in doing hosting which is an excellent way to explore the mountains too.
The chalet itself is reasonably old, and has a quirky charm. Many of the guests staying where "returning" from years previously, so that spoke a volume in itself.
As a solo traveller I got a single room, and didn't get charged a "single supplement" - another reason to go!
All round it's a good place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Argentiere Ski Chalet (also known as Chalet Falcon) is a beautiful, spacious chalet in an excellent location, with amazing views of Les Grand Montets, Mont Blanc & her massif. We host up to 10 people, in double & twin rooms, with 4 en-suite bathrooms. ... more less
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