Cha­monix Mont-blanc

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• Never come to Cha­monix Mont-blanc un­pre­pared as its slew of win­ter sports suit adren­a­line junkies from the world over. Snow ex­po­sure is guar­an­teed with more than 90 per cent of its ski ar­eas at an alti­tude of over 2,000 me­tres. This ski re­sort in France was the lo­ca­tion of the first Win­ter Games in his­tory in 1924, and since then has been a reg­u­lar port-of-call for skiers. La Verte, Cha­monix’ iconic piste and one of the most won­der­ful de­scents in the world, fea­tures sev­eral tech­ni­cal pas­sages and jumps at a ver­ti­cal drop of

870 me­tres. A spec­tac­u­lar view of the Mer de Glace glacier and the moun­tain peaks of the Drus, the Aigu­ille Verte, and Gran­des Jo­rasses can be seen at La Flo­ria piste, while it will take a bit more to ac­com­plish the 23-kilo­me­tre Valle Blanche off-piste route, the long­est de­scent in Europe at 2,700 me­tres. Run by the Mail­let-car­rier fam­ily since the early 1900s, Ho­tel Hameau Al­bert 1er has been warmly wel­com­ing visi­tors to its re­splen­dent ac­com­mo­da­tions. Cosy up by the fire­place in your per­son­alised rooms and take a dip in the in­door-out­door swim­ming pool. Its 2-star Miche­lin restau­rant Al­bert 1er serves


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