Woo hoo! It’s ski season! And we live in Europe – so we get to ski the Alps! The first taste we had of skiing the Alps over two years ago in Innsbruck got us hooked! I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months now. We rallied together a group of 8 of our friends, rented the most INCREDIBLE chalet and headed off to Chamonix for a long weekend of shredding!
Let’s first talk about our Chalet. This was by far the best AirBNB I’ve EVER had. It was unbelievable! It was beyond perfect for the 10 of us, as it had 5 beds all with their own ensuite. The centre of the chalet featured a stunning fireplace, the peaked trusses made the perfect frames for large windows highlighting the French Alps, and I can’t forget the massive chef’s kitchen, which was a total vision board in reality. The host had a total eye for style as everything flowed together perfectly…from the funky, Moroccan lamps and rugs to the modern copper bath tubs. Not to mention, it was right in the middle of the Chamonix Valley, so all of the skiing areas were a quick 5-10 minute car ride away. Oh and while I’m mentioning a car ride…I feel I should share a photo of this beautiful beast that transported all TEN of us for the weekend! Dan was an incredible bus driver for all of us…this thing was hilarious, but totally perfect for the occasion! 🙂
For our first day of skiing, we visited Le Tour. Everyone was at very different skiing level’s, so we tried to all stick together, but inevitably, we ended up splitting into a few smaller groups. Conditions weren’t the best as the clouds were very low and there was a lot of snow so it was difficult to see about 5 feet in front of you sometimes. But we were skiing…in the Alps! So can’t complain! One of my friends recommended taking one of the very long red runs down the back of the mountain that ends down at an adorable little ski village, Valorcine. Although this run wasn’t very fast or difficult, it ended up being one of my favourites because of how beautiful it was!
That evening we were all exhausted from a full day on the slopes. I cooked a big family style spaghetti Bolognese. Erin decorated the table beautifully, and we all sat around the massive table stuffing our faces and enjoying the family-like atmosphere.
For our second full day of skiing, we went to Brevant/Flegere. The conditions were a bit better that day, but this area was definitely much easier than Le Tour.
That evening, we went into Chamonix for drinks and dinner. We found this really cool self-serve beer bar and then a pizza restaurant, where again, we stuffed our faces. It’s amazing how hungry skiing makes you! The actual village was adorable too. I wish we had a bit more time to explore the area (particularly the shops!)
On Monday, we had a half day before we had to go back to the airport. Dan and Kent went off skiing on their own, while the rest of us stayed back and relaxed/packed up. The two of them took Grand Montes by a storm and shredded hard for those 3 precious hours. They said it ended up being some of the absolute best powder skiing conditions either of them have ever had!
It was an incredible weekend with a fantastic group of friends! Can’t wait to get back on the slopes again!