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Chamonix – come rain or shine

Chamonix – come rain or shine

February 2016 in Chamonix town will be remembered as wet – not what you hope for during winter in the mountains! So what is there to do when the most useful accessory is an umbrella? There are some that take the view that’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes. But […]

Gran Paradiso

Gran Paradiso

David Thompson describes his grueling three day ski touring trip to Gran Paradiso                             One of the beauties of living in the Alps is the range of activities literally on your doorstep, or if not literally then within a few minutes drive away. Since […]

Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake

Chamonix mobilises to help the Nepal relief –  Chamonix has always had a strong link to Nepal and particularly its capital Kathmandu. There is something strangely similar about the energy of the two towns, both are bases for some of the most respected climbing on the planet; both seemingly safe havens at the start and […]

New Beer in Ski Resort

New Beer in Ski Resort

  Piste Basher – a new beer from Skiers’ Beers  –  Ski holidays, for many people, are all about the Après! But for many of our British visitors there is one thing missing from the alpine selection, and that is a ‘proper’ beer. New for this season, and filling that gap deliciously, is the new […]

Chamonix or Samoens?

Chamonix or Samoens?

  Rhiannon Cook looks at two ski resorts in the French Alps – I am the Chamonix representative for France Property Angels and have lived in Chamonix for almost ten years.  During this time I have skied and spent time in many of the other ski resorts in the northern French Alps It’s hard to […]

Autumn in the Alps

Autumn in the Alps

Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Those of us lucky enough to live or have second homes in the Alps are able to enjoy this less celebrated season in a different but no less enjoyable way. In September the tourists disappear and the kids go back to school leaving us to enjoy the remainder […]

The eternal ‘Glam of Cham’

The eternal ‘Glam of Cham’

Why Chamonix has been drawing travellers since the 18th century Chamonix – it’s always on someone’s holiday hit list. But what is it about this alpine valley that keeps drawing people back year after year after year? What exactly do people do in the town of Chamonix? Well interest in Chamonix began all the way […]

Hiking in the Alps – Chamonix

Hiking in the Alps – Chamonix

Rhiannon Cook works with Alpine Angels in Chamonix. Here are her ideas for hiking in this region The Alps in summer have to be experienced on foot. Nothing quite compares to packing a bag, putting on your hiking boots and wandering freely through valleys, along rivers and over mountain peaks. A picnic at 2000 meters […]

Eyes off the Prize- St Gervais vs Chamonix

Sometimes we can be so focused on the prize we can’t see the wood for the chalets. Chamonix has always stood out as the ultimate mountain resort, but many people have found a bigger prize, and better value for money, in the lesser known St Gervais Les Bains. St Gervais is a 20th century spa […]

Diary Note: Chamonix Art Exhibition

Diary Note: Chamonix Art Exhibition

While the word Chamonix is synonymous with skiing, the town itself continues to excel in the field of arts with artisans and creatives not only choosing to buy property and base themselves in the Chamonix valley, but also to exhibit there too. This week saw the opening of an exhibition showcasing the sculptures of local […]

Diary Note: Shopping in Chamonix

Diary Note: Shopping in Chamonix

There are two truths in life. Ski clothing, ski equipment, and having the appropriate clothing for the mountains can be expensive. Sales in France are heavily regulated so when they are on, you take note. The January sales have just started in Chamonix and they will be running until 15th February. As the French government […]

Stylish apartment up for sale

Stylish apartment up for sale

This bright and spacious apartment for sale at the base of the Bossons ski lift subtly combines historic Chamonix architecture with a modern Swedish interior. It’s a true gem and a must see! The property is on for 520 000 Euros and is 110m2. It includes a tastefully renovated and large open plan living dinning […]

Ski in Ski out in the Chamonix valley

Ski in Ski out in the Chamonix valley

Its very rare to find a Ski in Ski out chalet in the Chamonix Valley for sale but this charming chalet is excatly that! Nestled in the hills behind Les Houches, this property has a stunning 40m2 terrace facing south and overlooking the incredible Mont Blanc Range. The chalet is beautifully presented and includes: Open […]

The French Property Market continued

Not content with just reading the news at Alpine Angels, we wanted to make a bit of our own. We are currently investigating what are neighbours, or at least our local network of industry professionals, have experienced in 2009 / 2010 in terms of property sales. First into bat is Thomas Andrieu from Alps Property, […]

Beautiful Chamonix family home

Beautiful Chamonix family home

New on the Alpine Angels site this week is this beautiful Chamonix family home. Situated in Les Pellerin and walkable distance into town, this traditional house in set over three floors with a seperate apartment downstairs. http://www.alpineangels.net/alpine-properties/chamonix-valley_R6/chamonix_L60/chalet-les-pelerins_P3541.htm Alpine Property: http://www.alpineangels.net

Great bargain in Chamonix Valley

This beautiful chalet in the Taconnaz area of les Houches, just down the valley from Chamonix Mont Blanc, is a bargain at only 560 000€ for a 90 m2 of habitable space on a terrain of 1000m2. Get in touch at info@alpineangels.net for more information. Alpine property: www.francepropertyangels.com

The Arts in Chamonix

There is sometimes a preconception that when you head for the mountains you say hello to nature and goodbye to all things artistic. This winter season Chamonix is once again holding its head high not only as the winter sports capital of all things extreme but as a capital of culture. Here are a few […]

Are your muscles aching in Chamonix?

Chamonix is often referred to as the winter sports capital of the world. Extreme skiers and ice climbers flock to the region every winter season. I’m not sure if such athletes are afflicted by achy joints and tired muscles. But for the rest of us, and I include myself, a massage at the end of […]

Midweek in Chamonix? – Wednesday 17th February

Chamonix offers an array of restaurants, bars and clubs. But if you would prefer to abstain from over indulge, or prefer your evenings to be as sport focused as your days, Wednesday night offers a perfect option for you. The NOCTURNE DE SKI DE FOND is a cross country skiing race at night. Teams of […]

Christmas in Chamonix.

The fun begins – season 2010 – Chamonix Winter has hit- and it is cold! Luckily the sub zero temperatures don’t seem to be holding back the chalet shoppers and viewings in the Alps seem to be on the increase. There is a fantastic selection of dream chalets and apartments available this Christmas, partly due […]

Life in Chamonix

Life in Chamonix

Life in Chamonix I relocated to the mystical valley of Chamonix at the beginning of 2006 quite by chance. Faced with the usual career dilemmas of a graduate midway through a third gap year, and fresh from the hedonistic hub of Kathmandu, I accepted an offer of employment in a well-known Irish bar called the […]