Hotel-Restaurant Arveyron

1650, Route du Bouchet, Chamonix, 74400, France
Hotel-Restaurant Arveyron
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Forum Posts

Chamonix Ski pack options

by GlenSullivan

I am travelling to Chamonix next Thursday for one week with my family of four. I have flights and accomadation booked and now need to organise lift passes and ski hire plus lessons.

Can anyone please advise on any companies who can offer a full ski pack including lift pass, ski equipment and lessons rather than booking everything seperately. The individual costs are very expensive so just looking for better value options.


Re: Chamonix Ski pack options

by lifeisatrip

You can check this out:

Usually, if you are staying in one of the big hotels, they can arrange all these for you.

Great skiing in Chamonix as well as great shopping!!

Have fun on the slopes!


Re: Chamonix Ski pack options

by Djinn76

I honestly don't think you would find a better deal by booking everything via a 3d party. I'd even be inclined to think the opposite!!

- Ski pass : no need to book them - simply go to the nearest tourist info point when you arrive, prices are fixed anyway!
- Ski courses : the reference is ESF, , apparently you can even book on-line!!
- Ski rental : even if it is not absolutely required, you can also book that online via some of the major 'brand', for example:

Travel Tips for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Learn some basic French phrases!!

by firechick

Learn some basic French phrases before you go to France - it's only polite to know how to say 'hello', 'please' and 'thank you'! Please ask if someone speaks English before starting to rattle off at them in a foreign language (ie, English!!).

Chamonix is in France, and oddly enough most French prefer to speak their own language rather than a foreign one. I hardly think this is a fault nor unusual. Of course it is a tourist town and you will find most people who work in tourism can speak English.

Over time the rudeness of certain tourists becomes wearing and they grow to resent the attitudes of people who come and assume that everyone does/should speak it, as this is a very busy town in the high season (mid-summer and winter holidays).

If you work here for one season in anything tourist related, you will find people do indeed walk up without even getting your attention by saying 'hello' and just start rattling off to you in German, Italian, English, Japanese, Russian or Chinese often without bothering to ask if you can even understand that language first.

Even when someone does learn tourism English it does not mean they can understand you when you talk 'at' them at 90 miles and hour. Speak in a reasonable tone and slowly, using simple words and no slang words if the person you speak with has a strong accent when speaking English to you. It never hurts to use 's'il vous plaît' and 'merci' liberally as well.

And certainly you can expect nothing but trouble if you walk up and blurt out something like 'hey can I get some service here or what!?', or yell at them 'English! English!' over and over in a loud voice as I heard two Swedish skiers doing to a restaurant worker earlier this season when trying to order take away from a menu. They were so rude that even I wanted to smack them upside the head! Believe me, if you act like that towards a service worker, you will hear nothing BUT French for your entire time in their presence, just to spite you (all done in total 'innocence' of course). :-) In fact even some English native speakers such as myself will speak to you only in French if you pull that kind of an attitude!

Be patient, friendly and polite, use a few common phrases in French to start with, and you'll find that people will be quite friendly back.

Endurance Trail Running

by firechick

Lately I have been getting into Endurance Running. If you are interested in this sport, Chamonix has 2 great races for you.

First in Spring there is the Marathon du Mont Blanc which is a mountain marathon with 2240 meters of uphill, run largely on trails (and only half that of downhill - it's a mostly uphill marathon).

Secondly in late summer there is the North Face Ultra Trail . This is a more advanced trail race, with entry requirements (it cannot be your first ultra marathon - you need to have completed at least 2 50K trail races or 1 80K or longer trail race to enter) and there are 2 race options - a huge effort in any case.

The CCC is the short one - only 90 kilometers and 4500 meters of uphill. The full Ultra Trail is 180 kilometers with over 9000 meters of uphill. The race is a running of the Tour du Mont Blanc walking path. They have time limits of 24 and 48 hours respectively.

If you are not running, you can watch the races from various points along the race courses, and also use it as an opportunity to go for a hike with the family. Check the websites for required equipment. The Ultra Trail requires you to be semi sufficient.

Tramway du Mont Blanc

by Martinewezel

Discover the oldest tramway of the valley!

The little rack-train departs from the village of Le Fayet, a few kilometers West of Chamonix, for a journey of over an hour.

The panorama is alternating: pine woods, villages with chalets and traditional farms... and then it opes to pastures, before getting rocky.

The Nid d'Aigle is the last stop, at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier.

The amazing spectacle over the high mountains at that spot is worth the trip!

From there you can walk to the glacier. The path is easy at the beginning and gets more difficult after a while. Hiking sticks are a must!

Good Traditional Savoyarde food plus variety

by firechick about Le Taverne de Chamouny

This is a 'touristy' restaurant in the center of town, yet has consistently very good food (unlike some of the other spots that cater to tourists!). It also has a variety of seafood available, and other regional dishes beyond the typical cheese and pork recipes (though they do also have pierrade, raclette, fondue etc.) Also specialties from Alsace (such as chacroute - saurkraut with various meats or fish).

The prices are definitely tourist prices (ie high!). The name is taken from the old-fashioned way to spell 'Chamonix' (you can see this spelling on old maps) -- so all the Parisians are entirely wrong when they say the name of Chamonix as 'Chamouneecks' - the 'x' is definitely not supposed to be pronounced! Mussels either in curry or white wine sauce - are lovely and fragrant. Spicy fish soup served with cheese and mayonaise sauce and croutons on the side, or the hearty french onion soup are also very good (these filling 'entrees' can easily be your entire lunch).

We have not had a bad meal here yet. Also they serve a special 'game' menu in Fall hunting season (very very expensive). Fresh lobster also available (in tanks).

**Unfortunately I have to update this tip slightly. The food here is still very good, but I recently had a very bad waiter experience here - so I will amend my recommendation to say that the service can be uneven (it was very very slow to get waited on - we clearly had the worst waiter that day and were waited on after several tables who came in after us) and even rude (we got a rolling of the eyes while the waiter was waiting for a small child to order). There is just no excuse for that kind of attitude towards a child.

Cable car to Le Brevent, for the view.

by dabidc

Admittedly you have to climb a little up the street past the church to get to the lower station for the frist stage of the cable cars to Le Brevent.

Follow the Rue La Mollard and the signs to the lower station and viola you are soon on your way.


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