BRING ON THE WINTER!!
It’s official, the summer is now over which can only mean one thing…..The countdown to season 10/11 has begun!! The time of using every spare minute to find the best accommodation, resort and latest gear is upon us and the great news is that your friends here at Independent Mountain are on hand to make the process a whole lot easier! Sooo what are you waiting for…. drop us a line or give us a call and let us take you one step further to the slopes!
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A beautiful chalet that combines traditional design with a contemporary twist. Located in Chatel, the luxurious self catered chalet sleeps 8 and boasts stunning views from its sunny south facing balconies and access to one of the largest ski areas in the world. To find out more about Chalet Loups click here. FLEXIBLE XMAS DATES AVAILABLE OFFERING 7, 8 OR 9 DAY BOOKINGS FOR XMAS WEEK!! BOOK NOW
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If you’re looking for a beautiful destination for your summer holiday that combines breathtaking views, glorious sunshine and a huge variety of activities to keep you, your friends and family entertained then the a summer holiday in Chamonix is ideal for you!
Similar to the ski season months, during the summer months the resort comes to life with visitors travelling from across the globe to take advantage of all Chamonix has to offer. Being the home of the famous Mont Blanc, climbing in Chamonix is renowned within climbing circles as a climbing mecca with an array of rock climbing and mountaineering routes in Chamonix to explore.
The mountain terrain around the Chamonix Valley is a fantastic base from which to enjoy it’s range of hiking and trekking routes in Chamonix including the popular Tour of Mont Blanc and The Haute Route. For the less experienced hiker or if you’re wanting to challenge yourself on a difficult route, you will find a great selection of professional mountain guides on hand to offer you an experience of a lifetime.
Prefer two wheels over two feet as a mode of transport then you will not be disappointed with the mountain biking Chamonix has to offer. Chamonix has become a haven for mountain bikers offering a great range of trails to suit a wide level of abilities including being able to challenge the more experienced rider with its technical and steep routes.
If water activities are more your thing then hold onto your wetsuits as you will be able to take full advantage of Chamonix’s fantastic water sports from white water rafting in Chamonix and canyoning to kayaking in Chamonix and hydrospeed in Chamonix you will be sure to have a fantastic time in the water!
After a fun day of activities in the sun we have a great selection of Chamonix holiday properties for you to relax and relive the day in. All Chamonix properties cover a range of budgets from luxury holiday homes to the more cosy and economical. If you’re planning a summer holiday to Chamonix, be sure to make us here at www.independentmountain.com your first point of call as we have a great range of self catered holidays Chamonix and catered holidays Chamonix Drop us a line with your requirements here or give us a call on 00 33 450 748 379 as we would love to chat to you about your summer holidays in Chamonix.
The Course of True Love Never Runs Smooth – Especially when that course involves proposing on the side of a mountain!
We felt a bit like God this week or should I rephrase that and say the God of Love! Yes, I am proud to announce that we played a key part in the best day of someone’s life to date and I admit the amore has gone slightly to our heads!!
This week myself and James headed down to the Three Valleys to organise a marriage proposal for one of our clients. Yes, here at Independent Mountain we not only deal with matters of holidays but of the heart aswell! (It was basically a little idea/business venture I set up in the UK and brought with me when I moved to the mountains organising Perfect Proposals on the Pistes!)
So all was in place, the client (female proposing to her boyfriend), were staying in Mottaret and unbeknown to her betrothed she was planning to pop the question up the mountain half way through the holiday. Here’s where we came in, as we were hired to recce the best spot up the mountain (preferably at one of the highest points to get the best views) where we would then organise a Champagne picnic with the words “Will you Marry Me?” etched in the snow against a backdrop of stunning mountain peaks and bluebird skies!
No problem, we said!
And it wasn’t a problem (as we had organised scenarios like this before) until, the aforementioned betroved took a nasty fall whilst snowboarding the day before and was rendered immobile! Hmm getting him to hobble up the mountain was going to be tricky!
Dreams of mountain side proposals were cast aside as we worked at lightning speed the morning of the proposal to find a suitable and equally as stunning plan B!
After a frantic couple of hours exploring the resort and keeping in mind it needed to be somewhere picturesque, private and not to far a hobble to from the hotel we found the perfect spot that ticked all the boxes! Phew!
Now all we had to deal with was digging a pathway to the snowy boulder that was going to be our canvas for the proposal, avert the oncoming snow plough that was set on a direction to plough though the champagne picnic and literally shoo away curious passers by who wanted to take pictures of the crazy lady in the snow digging out her marriage proposal! I received so many rounds of applause and shouts of “Bon Chance” from people wrongly assuming I was the proposee!
We managed to skilfully avert any incoming disasters and the proposal site remained in tact ready for the romantic pair. He said “yes” and both our client and new fiancé celebrated their happy news over a bottle of snow chilled Champagne! All in all a good days work for Independent Mountain!
Perfect Proposals is a bespoke marriage proposal service helping you to pop the big question in style! It has been set up in conjunction with mountain holiday company Independent Mountain organising marriage proposals in the Alps ranging from your very own igloo to balloon rides, romantic walks to torchlight descents with our main aim being to provide a host of ideas for a range of budgets.
Here at Independent Mountain we take care of all the marriage proposal organisation, from working with the proposee to design a proposal perfect to them, recceing the scenario to ensure everything runs to plan and organising all the elements to ensure the marriage proposal is perfect! So all the proposee has to worry about is the question!
If you are planning a romantic holiday for a loved one and want to make it extra special then drop us a line at email@example.com
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Cool mountain sports and fashion combine for a weekend geared up for the girls! During a weekend in mid January female visitors will enjoy a great range of activities brought to them by Salomon and Chamonix tourism.
There will be a mixture of activities both on and off the piste, including ski lessons, snow-shoeing, Salomon fashion show, ice climbing and acces to skiing at Les Grands Montets. Even better all the activities are free of charge to women and include free entry into the museums and exhibition centres of Chamonix!
It’s that time of year again, when even though it may be the summer holidays, thoughts are turning to winter holidays and the annual family ski holiday. Therefore, here at www.independentmountain.com we thought we’d give you a helping hand by bringing you the top five family ski resorts for season 09/10.
First on our list is the fantastic resort of Morzine. Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil with access to some of the best ski conditions in the world, families are spoilt for choice when it comes to keeping themselves and their little ones amused both on and off the slopes. Morzine, provides direct access to Avoriaz via the Super Morzine bubble or by the Prodains lift just a 5 minute bus journey away from the centre of town. Ideal for all level skiers with its wide variety of landscapes providing easier runs for the beginner right through to challenging off piste and steep terrain for the more extreme amongst us! There are plenty of excellent ski schools located in resort that will keep the kids entertained, whilst you get some quality grown up time up the hill. In addition to the great ski conditions suitable for all the family, there are 7 snowparks an ice skating rink and lots of tobogganing to keep all family members happy.
Off the slopes, there is a lot to see and do in and around resort with the tourist office providing a schedule of family fun and games throughout the season, a market every Wednesday and a cinema, not to mention all the fantastic après ski bars and restaurants the town has to offer.
Meribel in the Three Valleys is a great family resort, providing a variety of activities on and off the slopes. The ski region of the Three Valleys is famous for it’s fantastic ski conditions and any family who stays in this resort can rest easy that there will be something for all the family to enjoy.
Meribel has 375 miles of linked piste providing access to the ski resorts of Val Thorens and Courchevel, with an extremely modern lift system ensuring endless possibilities for on and off piste skiing. Located at 1450m and the home of 120 snow canons,visitors are assured of good ski conditions all season round. There are also a great variety of ski schools to ensure the younger and less experienced in the family are helped along the way and left feeling confident on the slopes.
Off piste there are endless possibilities of family friendly restaurants and après ski bars, ensuring there is something to suit all. Alongside, a great variety of activities including bowling, snow biking, dog sledding and an indoor pool.
La Tania is all about taking the hassle out of the family ski holiday. The centre of the resort is pedestrianised meaning that it not only provides the security that children can play safely outdoors, but also that parents wanting to spend time in the centre of resort can do so, minus the headache of trying to find somewhere to park with a car full of little ones!
All ski ing can be done from your doorstep which means that mornings of hiking small children’s equipment to and from the lifts is now a thing of the past, with there also being access to great ski schools, ensuring family ski novices are in good hands.
There is a sledge area especially for children in resort alongside Les Maison des Enfants, providing an itinerary of fun and games both indoor and outdoor, Kindergarten area ran by ESF for under three year olds aswell as a kid’s week from 22nd – 26th December.
Chamonix is a beautiful and bustling resort that is full of fun things to do for all the family. The ski area provides a fantastic range of terrain suitable for all levels with access to 700km of piste serviced by 200 lifts with all areas being above 2000m resulting in fantastic ski conditions all season through. Despite the criticism that it lacks the interconnectivity of other ski resorts, the variety of terrain including the pretty pistes of Le Tour provide great runs suitable for all the family, resulting in families returning for their annual ski holiday year on year.
The resort of Chamonix is fully geared up for children, with a fantastic range of activities including ski school, many beginners ski areas for children, tobogganing, husky rides and even a fantastic children’s day care and ski school called the Panda Club.
Families will be spoilt for choice as to what to do first when they take their annual family ski holiday in Chatel. Whether it be skiing the great area of the Portes du Soleil or taking part in one of the many off piste activities you will never be far away from keeping you and your children happily entertained.
There are lots of on and off piste activities for the family including, painting on canvas lessons, guided visits of the village on the little sightseeing train, under ice fishing, games’ festival, ice rink, sledging runs and snowparks to name but a few!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The legendary Fete de Lac on Lake Montriond is a must see event for everyones social calendar this summer! Plans are already well underway for the firework spectacular with organisers promising a bigger and better festival including full laser light display, large screens, a fantastic array of stalls, dare devil parapenting and of course lots of lots of jaw dropping and ear piercing fireworks to light up the Montriond skyline!
The festival is a great day bringing together locals and visitors all armed with gorgeous picnic hampers and lots of local produce for all to enjoy.
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