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“Beautiful ride”
Review of Vallee Blanche

Vallee Blanche
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US$192.00*
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Chamonix Mont-Blanc Day Trip from Lausanne
Ranked #8 of 71 things to do in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A beautiful ski area in the Chamonix Valley.
Reviewed 11 August 2013

You will spend 50 minutes between sky and snow..and you will noit forget it ! just make sure you can open the gondola window to enable fresh air to come in

Thank flyingFrenchman29
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Took the Montenvers train from the centre of Chamonix and then used the gondola to get to the staircase to the glacier cave. Great views from start to finish and the cave was an interesting experience given the rate of melt and movement. Poor restaurant experience at the top - we gave up waiting to be served and left to get the train and ate in a restaurant opposite the station in Chamonix.

1  Thank Discerning1001
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Having been to the Mer de Glace in 1997 I wanted to go back and with children a see real and impressive glacier. We were lucky to go on a beautiful and clear day and took the train up from Chamonix. The train was not too busy and we got 5 seats quite easily and 15 minutes later we were looking out over the impressive Mer de Glace. What a sight to see the glacier coming through the valley in such amazing surroundings.

After an ice cream we took the cable car down to the stairs and started walking down to the glacier edge. Going down the stairs it was quite a way and coming up you could see lots of people struggling with the walk up BUT it was worth it. At the bottom we walked onto the glacier and walked through the carved out tunnels which on a hot day were great to shelter and cool down. Then the walk back up the stairs and there were around 350 of them to work off the earlier ice cream.

On the way up the stairs there are markings on where the glacier was at various years and it was SHOCKING to see how much it is receding over time. Since our last visit in 1997 the amount the glacier had dropped so much and it made us quite sad that this was tangible affects from global warning. Clearly from the size of the glacier it will be always be there but to what extent? The station and the rock had been next to the glacier 100 years back and now it is a considerable drop into the valley.

The only disappointment was stopping for a drink in the cafe with the view out. After waiting 20 minutes and multiple gesticulations to the waiters the drinks did not come and we gave in and headed for the train down. A great example of where a more commercial cafe could clean up with the view they have.

Due to the time (16:00 or so) we had to queue (or was it fight) for the train down - as a Francophile and with half of the family French I had not realised what aggressive queuers the French were! But that was down to leaving in peak time and when down it was long forgotten.

Go. It is one of the best views of a glacier in the world! And I have seen quite a few.

2  Thank Ed H
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Legendary off-piste run on winter time. Crowded on nice days.

Don't expect to find too much powder though because there are hundreds of skiers every day. Ski slowly with a guide and enjoy spectacular views.

Arrete (entrance) is the most exciting part but at the same time breathtaking. Make sure you have a backpack with you where you can attach skis/snowboard. Always go with guide!

1  Thank Tapi0
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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

An expensive trip at 105 euros for 3 adults and 1 child.....shame the family rate does not include your children once they are 16. The train ride has some nice views....try and sit on the left on the way up for the best views. The views over the glacier area are amazing and the ice cave...although a bit of a procession is truly memorable as the ice is so clear. The new multimedia presentation is interesting and has English subtitles. On a practical note the best loos are hidden at the back of the glaciorium. Plan to go in the morning and enjoy your lunch up there.

Thank Roozin
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