Chamonix Events – First Snow Weekend 5th-7th December 2009

Christmas officially comes to Chamonix during the weekend of 5th-7th December. Visitors and locals alike will see the town transformed into a Christmas wonderland getting everyone into the festive spirit.

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The town will turn on their Christmas decorations and from 5:15pm on the Friday right through to the Sunday afternoon children will be able to pay Santa a visit in Santa’s mailbox, enjoy the children’s parade and tombola and take part in the children’s ice hockey competition.

For great ski accommodation in Chamonix click here

http://www.independentmountain.com/resorts/chamonix/accommodation/all

Events in Chamonix – Chamonix Mont Blanc’s International Climbing Festival 11th-13th July 2009

From the 11th to the 13th July, Chamonix becomes the mecca for climbers worldwide during the Chamonix Mont Blanc’s International Climbing Festival. The three day event brings together Frances best climbers as they compete in a number of qualifiers over the event for the world cup speed climbing and world cup difficulty climbing titles.

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Visitors to the area will be able to see both male and female climbers in action as they test their skills against the numerous routes and competitors. For those, who want to try their hand at the great sport of climbing can practise on the beginner’s climbing wall which is open to all ages and is free of charge. In addition visitors will be kept entertained with sling competition, discovery activities and lots more fun and games for all the family.

For accommodation in Chamonix click here

http://www.independentmountain.com/resorts/chamonix/accommodation/all

For more information about the event click here

http://escalade.chamonixsport.com/index.php?rub=88

Heat Wave in the UK..Time to Book Your Ski holiday!

As the UK prepares itself for their first heat wave of the year, what better way to keep your cool as the temperature rises by booking your annual ski holiday in the Alps!

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It’s baking outside, there’s no air con in the office and opening the windows is making little difference so how else are you going to cool down during the heat wave??? How about checking out the cool crisp snow and icy views you can be enjoying this winter on your ski holiday!!!

Here at www.independentmountain.com we have some fantastic ski holiday accommodation available in 30 of the top French ski resorts. We also have some great deals available and some much sought after availability for the key weeks of Christmas, New Year and Half Term 2010.

Therefore, what are you waiting for check out the best ski accommodation here and start the countdown to cool!!!

http://independentmountain.com/resorts/all/accommodation/all

If you need a bit more advice on how to cope with the UK heatwave click here

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8057528.stm

Pass Portes du Soleil MTB Festival June 2010

As the weekend closes on the Pass Portes du soleil 2009 and the last mountain biker leaves resort, the only thing to keep the spirits up is to start planning next years trip to the Pass Portes du Soleil 2010.

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Now as the dust hasn’t even settled yet on this years event, information for next years has not been released, however, as soon as it does Independent Mountain will be posting all information up on our blog.

As far as we know, the event will be taking place towards the end of June 2010 and once again will see riders descend on the mountain biking mecca that is the Portes du Soleil. All riders will be able to test their skills on 1000-2250m of terrain over several resorts linking France and Switzerland.

It is so important to get the best mountain bike accommodation organised as soon as you can, so you are then able to relax and enjoy the build up to the event.  We have a great range of cheap mountain bike accommodation suitable for all budgets and requirements on www.independentmountain.com

To ensure you get in their early and organise the best mountain bike accommodation for the event click here

http://www.independentmountain.com/resorts/morzine/accommodation/all

Check out great mountain bike apartment here

http://www.independentmountain.com/blog/2009/03/mountain-bike-accommodation-morzine/

IXS Swiss Downhill Cup 2009 #3

verbier-bike-track3rd leg of the Swiss Downhill Cup
August 28-29-30 2009

Last chance for the riders to score some points before the final of the Cup in Bellwald.

It will be also the opportunity to discover once again this pist and try to beat the time of the best riders of the European Cup.

More than 250 riders are expected.

During this period of holidays, the public will also be present to support the best swiss riders.

See what the riders were put through last year click here

For accommodation in Verbier, Click here

Don Giovanni SOLD OUT

don-giovaniVerbier Festival’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni on 20 July at 7pm in Salle Médran is sold out.  But our patrons will have the opportunity to hear these singers in other concerts in Verbier:

René Pape, Thomas Quasthoff and Bryn Terfel – appearing together on stage for the very first time – join Lang Lang for the second half of his Carte Blanche concert on 21 July at 7pm in Salle Médran:  this concert celebrates their friendship with a group of popular songs. Quasthoff performs Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin on 25 July at 8pm in the Church with pianist Emanuel Ax and lieder by Brahms on 29 July at 8pm with Charles Spencer at the piano.

The tenor Matthew Polenzani will be accompanied by Malcolm Martineau in a recital on 23 July at 8pm in the Church.  Susan Graham offers a journey through French song from the 18th and 19th century in her concert on 24 July at 11am in the Eglise, also with Malcolm Martineau at the piano.

For More details on the Verbier festival, please click here

For accommodation in Verbier, Click Here

Hiking in the French Alps

For those amongst you thinking hiking is a sport for those over a certain age then think again. For someone who is enjoying her first six months of living in Morzine France it has come as a complete surprise at what a great work out it is and how cimg5616much fun you have along the way! When I was first introduced to hiking by my well heeled partner I imagined a hike was going to be a gentle walk through the meadows, taking in the breathtaking views, pretty mountain flowers and if I was really lucky a bit of Marmotte spotting!


How wrong was I!?! Of course, it included all of the aforementioned Alpine elements, however, one thing I didn’t account for in my romantic idea of hiking, was the amount of pain and hard work it was going to be! Yes, my idea of a gentle walk through the valley was quickly diminished and replaced by me being faced with an incredibly steep (and not to mention rocky) climb and this was just for starters!

Being quite a sporty person back in the UK and not shy of a little hard work on the exercise front (my motto being along the lines of the “no pain, no gain” variety) I was shocked at the new level of burn I experienced as my legs screamed for mercy as yet another steep climb beckoned.

However, the pain was all worth it as when you reach the top of one of these mammoth climbs the exhilaration and let’s face it pure relief that you got there in one piece, lungs and legs still in tact is overwhelming, as you look out over the most breathtaking Alpine views. Quite a difference to my workout routine back in the UK where, the only view meeting me after such a level of burn was that of a fellow and equally sweaty gym member or an overly tanned and overly pumped personal trainer screaming at me to run faster!!!!

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I must admit, after the baptism of fire that was my first hike, it is official I now have the bug, hiking most days (weather and workload permitting) and loving every minute of it. There’s nothing quite like throwing on your hiking shoes, picking up your sticks and getting amongst it in the outdoors, all whilst sculpting thighs and buns of steel!

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There are a number of fantastic hikes throughout the French Alps all with varying degrees of burn to suit all fitness and energy levels. It is a great activity to do with friends, taking you back to your childhood years as you set out on an adventure all of your very own discovering the great outdoors. So why not get a group of you together for a holiday in the hills filled with adventure, fun, great food and wine and your very own mountain retreat to relax in.

To learn more about how you can be holidaying in the hills this summer and for the best hiking accommodation then click here.

http://www.independentmountain.com/

A very musical summer programme for Les Carroz

concerts-les-carrozThere are free concerts every weekend throughout the summer as well as plenty of wonderful family shows to delight children, parents and grandparents, with clowns, games and activities on the village square, especially pedestrianised for this summer in the mountains…

 

See the full Summer programme

For accommodation in Les Carroz, click here

Balme – Les Carroz Hill Climb

Climbing a mountain pass!  Many a cycling enthusiast, following in the path of Tour de France “pros”, has attempted to climb these legendary passes!  The latest to join the list of twenty or so “notable hill climbs” is Les Carroz’s Pierre Carrée pass!  From the beginning of July, the “Balme – Les Carroz – Col de Pierre Carrée” climb will be lined with GSM beacons and kilometre markers to indicate the average gradient, maximum percentage incline and distance.  Microchips will be available from the Tourist Office for cyclists to record and calculate their time for this hill climb.  A reference time will be set by Patrice Halgand at the beginning of the summer.  Why not be one of the first to test yourself against him?

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See the climb

Organise a Corporate Event in the Alps!

We’ve all been there, dragged to the latest meeting or ‘Away day’ amidst promises of an ‘inspirational’ time away, only to end up in a boardroom 24/7 in the middle of the city with no means of escape!

Independent Mountain is here to rescue you and banish boring meetings forever! That’s why we are calling on all event managers and PAs out there, responsible for putting together the company’s annual meetings and offering our help in creating a fantastic getaway that meets your business needs, is in a great location that allows you to plan exciting break out activities and comes in on budget.

We have access to some stunning venues that lend themselves perfectly for you to hold a meeting with a difference – breakouts taken amongst breathtaking scenery, meeting rooms with views and excellent fresh local produce for lunch!  You send us your brief and we will send you some great ideas for your company meeting or conference!  Plus you’re in a great place where your entertaining will be second to none!

To find out how you and your delegates can be attending the best corporate event click here

http://www.independentmountain.com/event-management

For the best event accommodation in the Alps click here

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