One thing you may not know about me, is that for 6 months, I lived in the stunning French town of Chamonix. It was there that I undertook a ski season, worked in a bar called La Terrasse in the evenings and skied in the day. Yes, it was the dream! I have incredibly fond memories of my time there with my fellow little bubble of seasonaires, but I hadn’t returned in about 6 years. At least not until a couple of months ago.
As you can probably tell by my photos, when I recently revisited Chamonix, it definitely was not in the skiing season, so I’m here to show you my trip to the mountains in late summer and compare it to living here through winter.
Above were snaps taken over 6 years ago whilst I was on season in Chamonix!
Chamonix is a wonderful town with so much to see and do in all seasons; unlike many other ski resorts – Chamonix was not purpose built, this means that it’s always been a lovely little town with all the amenities you can expect in that of a normal town like a cinema, churches, numerous restaurants and bars, a train station as well as shops, hotels and cafes, the motorway even goes right up to it so there’s no winding round and round the mountains to get there. To see everything that there is to do throughout winter in Chamonix, check out my blog posts here and here. In the mean time – let’s look into our summer trip…
Set in the quaint area of Argentière, Grands Montets Hotel lies at the top end of Chamonix valley and right at the foot of the Grands Montets ski area. This area for me, was always the most challenging and where keen back country skiers would head – perfect to get the blood pumping. However, just down the road at Le Tour, you can find wide, rolling slopes which was always my favourite (there are actually four different areas to ski in Chamonix!). So whilst staying residing at Les Grands Montets Hotel this time, we seized the opportunity and hiked up Le Tour area for some great exercise and beautiful views, it was actually quite funny to experience because the last time I was there, it was fully dressed in white.
One of my favourite aspects of Chamonix is that it’s home to Mont Blanc, the largest mountain in Europe. Because of this, you can only imagine the inspiring views across the Chamonix Valley. On my recent trip there, we stayed in the charming Grands Montets Hotel which faces this enormous mountain, offering picture-perfect views and an ideal location to explore the Chamonix valley and all it has to offer.
Les Grands Montets Hotel was incredibly enchanting, oozing a traditional chaletesque ambiance. With a beautiful wooden theme flowing through the whole hotel, in really gave an essence of being immersed in nature.
The stunning outlook from our bedroom, was quite surreal. Inside our room, we were welcomed with a box of chocolates, bath robes (always a winner), some cosy slippers and L’Occitaine toiletries adding a really touch of luxury.
Their spa is totally serene. A stunning space in which to relax after a day skiing on the slopes or hiking up the hills. The wooden theme adds to the relaxation through the natural calming effects of wood on our mind offering a sense of hygge.
Although we didn’t experience dinner, the breakfast was delightful. There was everything that we could have wanted with a delicious array of yoghurt, croissants, honeys, boiled eggs, cappuccinos, breads and cereals.
What a beautiful summer stay at Hôtel Grands Montets. The staff were all incredibly friendly; the receptionists were so welcoming and eager to please which is what always resonates with me and overall we had the most amazing trip down memory lane in Chamonix.
Summer or winter? My answer is you have to try both x