Chamonix has it all, and we're going back for more in 2018 - from the highest peak in the Alps - Mont Blanc, to the longest off piste run in Europe, the Valley Blanche at 12 miles it offers the ultimate European ski vacation. We had so much fun the first time we just had to return. The resorts are known the world over for steep, challenging runs, off-piste powder, and dramatic mountain scenery. Chamonix hosted the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924 and is considered by many to be the birthplace of alpine skiing. Six different ski areas cater to all levels, from beginners to extreme skiers. Chamonix is a traditional alpine village filled with historic churches and charming inns, but comes alive at night with some of the best après action in Europe.
The Chamonix trip takes skiers to the ultimate destination in Europe for big mountain skiing, off-piste, powder, or just long perfectly groomed runs. You have the opportunity to ski in two countries, getting a taste of both French and Italian Style. We will hire guide service for two days so we can ski the famous 12 mile Valley Blanche off the top of the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and other options based on conditions.
The famous Vallée Blanche in Chamonix is an off-piste ski route, 20km long with a vertical descent of 2700m. The views are stunning and the high mountain environment provides a real sensation of wilderness. This is one of those memorable life experiences that you'll never forget.
We will also travel by bus on an easy ride through the Mont Blanc Tunnel 11.6km to Italy to ski Courmayeur and enjoy their special brand of Italian mountain food. During last years trip we found powder in the trees and better conditions on days when just on the other side of Mont Blanc it wasn't favorable at all. Before heading back we will walk through the quaint car-less village of Courmayeur and enjoy apres food and drinks while checking out the many small specialty shops.
Only on Thursdays the public bus takes skiers from the South Bus Station, right outside our hotel to Verbier and back. Our lift tickets work there and its a great opportunity to experience the best of skiing in the Swiss Alps. A luxury resort and world acclaimed, we will ski and eat lunch before heading back in the afternoon.
When you aren’t skiing you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel spa, shopping in the lively streets of Chamonix, or reveling in the friendly atmosphere of the town’s many bars. There are also a healthy mix of traditional and exotic restaurants, gastronomic experiences in first-class restaurants and lastly, the fun ambiance of a Euro disco - It’s all possible.View Last Years Trip Photo Album
Kirk McEwan is the General Manager of Sturtevant's Sports, Ski Mart and Ski Bonkers and has been skiing since almost before he could walk. Since the age of two his weekend playground has been Crystal Mountain, WA. An all around skier, he skied on their race and freestyle teams until the age of 18 and even did some Nordic Jumping in college in Colorado. Kirk has skied thousands of runs but lists his all time favorite in the mid 90's at, yes - you guessed it... CHAMONIX. It was a guided off-piste tour down the 12 Mile run off the Aiguille du Midi - the powder was chest deep at the top and it took half a day to arrive at the bottom. He's been dying to go back ever since and share that experience with others.
Kyle Watson is the founder of the ADLskiclub and has spent the last 8 years coordinating and guiding ski & board trips to Japan, Chile and Europe. He has over 25 years experience in the travel and tourism industry both on the ground, in technology and as Executive VP of Justfares.com. His passion for skiing has led him to many parts of the world and his love of sharing these experience are what drive him to create lasting memories for everyone he travels with. When not on the road you will find him skiing locally in Washington State, chasing powder, masters racing, organizing the ADL summer race camp at Mt Hood with Phil and Steve Mahre and doing shot skis with friends at the bar!