A Bit of France: Le Loop d’Été au Chamonix

When I think of things to do in Chamonix, I envision everything white – skiing, snowshoeing, snow, snow, snow. I’m here in the summer and those ice crystals have melted to reveal verdant valleys and moss-covered mountains. Even though we’re not in Austria, I do want to belt out a little “Hills are Alive!”

This time, I can breathe in the mountain air without fear of frostbite or falling down crevasses due to lack of prowess on the slopes. The sun stays out longer (even though it rained a bit when we were there) and you can venture even farther, trading skis for hiking boots.

There’s no rush to get to the slopes before the crowds or be at the end of jam-packed lift-lines – totally enough […]

July 28th, 2017|Chamonix, Destinations|2 Comments

A Bit of France: Off Piste in Chamonix

I am not a great skier, having begun too late in life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love ski resorts, and I am sure most of you non-skiers feel the same way. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by massifs, breathing fresh air, eating melted cheese in all forms, while drinking local white wines? Needless to say, I quickly fell in love with Chamonix.

Chamonix? One of the technically hardest places to ski in the world? Well, that was the whole point. My M.O. was to discover other ways a non-skier could experience the snow while the bombers* were cutting up the slopes.
(love that we were photo bombed!)
Even if you aren’t a skier, you have to try it at least once during every trip. Of […]

February 5th, 2016|Chamonix, Destinations, France|0 Comments