Guest Testimonials

  • Exactly what I was looking for: a comfortable and relaxing place, made so by both the scenery/location, the personal attention/support provided to your stay and vacation intentions, and the comfort of the chalet itself. The feel is simply: it's your home too.
    Carol, september 2014
  • We had a great 4 night stay at Chalet Les Pelerins. We were a group of 10, sharing twin/double rooms...and it really exceeded our expectations. The hot tub outside which was perfect for post skiing beers and recovery. David and team were very helpful in arranging our lift passes, ski rental and gett...
    Anonymous, January 2013
  • Excellent accommodation with a wonderful ambiance. It was like home from home. Nothing was to much trouble, if you required anything you only needed to ask and they will try to accommodate your request. We would have loved to have stayed longer.
    Perelytic, February 2015
  • The staff are very welcoming and immediately make you feel at home. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and food is very good.
    Sue G, March 2012
  • The chalet is spotless and spacious with generous views of the Alps. David proved to be an excellent host and will go out all the way to make sure you are at home. Highly recommended place to stay in Chamonix.
    Indushanti, July 2012
  • The catering at Chalet Les Pelerins was first class and it was no problem for David and Asa to meet the requirements of those with slightly different diets. The Chalet has an excellent location just a few minutes walk from the town centre and with fantastic views across the alps.
    Richard October 2012
  • I was lucky enough to get to spend three nights at Chalet Les Pelerins on a quick trip to Chamonix while in Europe for work. The place was cozy and had all the basic amenities you'd need, and the breakfasts and dinner I experienced were all great.
    Alison H, May 2015
  • David and Asa were perfect hosts, very friendly, helpful and good company. David suggested some great hikes in the region and we even managed to get out one afternoon to take Poppy (the dog) for a hike in the hills. They went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent stay.
    Norm, August 2012
    

Winter

Chamonix is probably most well known for its skiing and there are five separate ski areas spread along the Chamonix valley. You can see a rundown of the various ski areas below. Where Chamonix really comes into its own is the off piste skiing with everything from the mellow slopes of Le Tour to some seriously steep extreme skiing. Chamonix offers one of the most vast and varied lift accessed off piste areas in the world including a great deal of high mountain and glaciated terrain. Chamonix is also home to the Valle Blanche which is the longest off piste run in Europe at 17km and takes in some really amazing scenery.

David and Asa have been living and skiing in the Chamonix valley for years and have a superb local knowledge which they are always happy to share. If you are not an experienced skier they can also help arrange a guide or lessons through their network of local guides and contacts.

There are also a number of other winter activities for non skiers or for days when you would like to do something a bit different:

  • Cross Country Skiing: Chamonix has a full cross country track for both the traditional and skate style. A great way to get some exercise and more challenging than it looks!
  • Snow Shoeing: Snow shoeing is a great way to explore the local tracks and trails in winter and you can hire a guide to take you a bit further afield and teach you about the local area
  • Dog Sledding: If you fancy something a bit different you can try your hand at dog sledding around Chamonix

The Ski Areas

Brevent is the closest area to town (walking distance) and offers a good variety of slopes for all abilities. It has a good beginner area and a selection of wide beginner and intermediate runs and well as some steep runs to keep the experts happy. Being south facing it is an excellent spot for sunny days although it can get a bit slushy in spring.

Flegere is accesible from La Praz and is also linked to Brevent via a cable car. There is a nice selection of pistes for all levels including some wider runs. There is a good selection of off piste accessible from the index chair lift as well as some nice tree skiing, an excellent option in low visibility or bad weather. Flegere is south facing but reasonably high offering sunny skiing and good conditions throughout the day.

Les Grand Montets is located just below the village of Argentiere. There are a number of very nice pistes at Grand Montets but they are somewhat overshadowed by the world class off piste. On powder days it’s not uncommon to find the pistes untouched at lunchtime while the crowds hunt down every last inch of fresh snow. There is a huge amount of accessible terrain including the Lavencher bowl and the Argentiere glacier (a guide is highly recommended for anyone not experienced in off piste skiing). Grand Montets is also the place to go for mogul fans or park monkeys with a good selection of bump runs and an excellent snow park. There are a few nice blues hidden about but the area is generally better suited to intermediate or advanced skiers.

Le Tour is situated just above the scenic little village of Le Tour at the top of the valley. It offers a large ski area with lots for all abilities, there are a number of more open and gentle slopes for intermediates and beginners and there is also a great beginners area at the bottom of the slopes. For more advanced skiers there is a great selection of off piste which tends to be a bit quieter than other areas. Le Tour also links to Vallorcine which offers some of the best tree skiing in the valley, a great option for days with poor visibility.

Les Houches is located in the village of the same name just down from the valley from Chamonix. It is a great area for beginners or intermediates with lots of green, blue and red slopes on which to hone your skills. Les Houches is also home to the Kandahar World Cup downhill race, you can try your hand on the same piste or though doing it as fast as the pros will require higher than average levels of skill and courage!