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Chamonix – Mont Blanc, France

CLOTHING

  • Ice-Breaker – The 100% merino wool thermals specialists.  Try the bodyfit 260 and you’ll never look back (next door to North Face on Avenue Michel Croz).
  • Moncler – Designer French puffa jacket brand has a prime position in the middle of Chamonix’s centre but prices are not for the faint-hearted (90, rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 54 23 80 / Chamonix@moncler.com / www.moncler.com).
  • North Face – Does what it says on the tin (31 Avenue Michel Croz / t: +33 4 50 90 26 20 / www.thenorthface.com).
  • Perfect Moment – Perfectly designed Swiss ski wear brand; apart from a shop in Madrid, this is it’s only outlet outside Switzerland (159 rue Joseph Vallot, 7440 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 34 38 07 / www.perfectmoment.com).
  • POC – All the cool young things are wearing Swedish brand POC on the slopes and the shop, filled with its range of gorgeous colours and glacial white background, is a delight to visit (270 rue Dr Paccard, 7440 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 58 90 79 / www.pocsports.com).

GALLERIES

  • Galerie Pauline Galand – Local artists, including renowned Charlie Adams, and local scenes are exhibited and available for sale (29 rue Dr Paccard / t: +33 4 50 18 66 75 / +33 6 81 37 36 46 / www.galeriepaulinegaland.com).

HOTELS

  • The Clubhouse – Highly recommended, see post (74 Promende des Sonnailles, 74400 Chamonix, Mont Blanc, France /+33 (0)4 50 90 96 56 / +33 (0)8  CLUBHOUSE / Sandie@clubhouse.fr / www.clubhouse.fr).
  • Alternative, untried options:

MASSAGE

  • Pure-Fix Massage – Trained as a sports & holistic massage therapist, Kiwi Hattie Williams will work her chirpy magic on the worst muscle knots and achy ski legs (t: +33 6 43 07 50 88 / hattie@purefixmassage.com / www.purefixmassage.com).

RESTAURANTS

  • La Caleche – One of the best places in town for a fondue and traditional Savoie fare.  Despite the size of the restaurant, the staff is super-friendly and the vibe is nice (18 rue Dr Paccard, 74403 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 55 94 68 / www.restaurant-caleche.com).

SKI GEAR

  • Cham Sport – Very good ski-hire shop offering a 20% discount to guests staying at The Clubhouse (432, rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 53 23 36 / www.chamsport.com).
  • L’Oeil du Mont-Blanc – Specialist in sunglasses, masks and optical glasses.  All the best brands and cheaper options too.  Arnaud is patient and knowledgeable, and will sort you out (151, rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 53 27 65 / www.the-eye-shop.com).
  • Snell Sports – The biggest mountain outlet in the centre of Chamonix selling everything from socks to walkie-talkies (104 rue Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix / t: +33 4 50 53 02 17 / snell@cham3s.com / www.cham3s.com).

TRANSFERS

  • ChamExpress – Excellent service between Geneva airport & the valley (around 1hr 15mins) with specific departure times; 28Euros per person, one-way.  NB: Trains are frequent and take x6-minutes from Geneva train station to the airport (www.chamexpress.com).
  • Haute Transfer – Good service although you’re more dependent on other travellers’ timetables and risk being bundled into a group with an earlier departure time than you need (www.hautetransfer.com).