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Winter fun in Chamonix, Part 1

I've been snowboarding now for over 7 years but I've never been to Alps or other large mountains. Finally, this winter it all was about to change. And we started with one of the most popular skiing resorts in Alps - Chamonix.

Flying over Alps

I've been snowboarding now for over 7 years but I've never been to Alps or other large mountains, but finally, this winter it all was about to change. And we started with one of the most popular skiing resorts in Alps - Chamonix.

Airport in Milan, Linate

And here we are in Milan, Linate airport. All ready for the mountains.

Packing in Milan. Renting a car

But immediately we run into a problem. Our two snowboards plus skis plus all other bags didn't quite fit the car.

Car is fully packed in Milan, Linate airport.

In the end we had to ditch one back seat. Even though we were 5 persons. But we had no other choice. And it was impossible to change for a larger car. Credit card issues.

Snowboards fit quite well in the car.

We had to drive for about 250 km. Which isn't that much but still quite uncomfortable.

Driving from Italy to France. Seeing Alps

Our plan was to drive out of the Milan and towards Mont Blanc tunnel in France. As soon as we crossed it and the border, we would be right in Chamonix - one of the best skiing resorts in France. And we can already see Alps in front of us.

140 km/h on Italian roads

Roads in Italy are for charge but the quality is really perfect. Just set cruise control and you're good to go.

Autogrill shop. Quick stop on our way to Alps

Having a quick stop on our way.

Beautiful houses near Alps

Passing an interesting village.

Outdoor party in Chamonix

By the time we reached Chamonix it was already dark. And it seems like there was some kind of a party in the city. A promising start.

A look around in the Chamonix

So we decided to find our apartment first and then take a quick look around.

Apartment house in Alps.

Turns out our apartment was right in the center. And boy was it worth it. Real Alpine style. Our guest room.

Bedroom in Alps apartment

This apartment is way better than any of the hotels we would pick. Wooden atmosphere is amazing.

Beautiful Chamonix

After the apartment we decided to check out the city a little bit more. Looks very nice and quite.

Chamonix village in Alps

Real mountain village. Just as we imagined it would be.

Party in Chamonix

And since it was Friday there was quite a lot of parties in the city. First time am I seeing a church like this.

Patagonia shop in Chamonix

All shops are about the Alps. Real paradise for winter sport fans.

Spirit Chamonix shop

Another sports shop. Every shop has its own style.

Christmas tree in Chamonix

Christmas tree in the center of the city even though it was March :)

Chamonix streets

We haven't been to the mountains yet but I already totally love this place. Real winter spirit. Want to celebrate New Years eve here.

Morning in Chamonix

The next morning we woke up had some breakfast and headed straight for the mountains. After all this is why we are here.

Great dog in Chamonix

As it turned out we had a wonderful dog living right next door. Someday I'll definitely get a dog like this.

Parking by the gondola ski lift in Chamonix

We had several gondola ski lifts in the city. Some were reachable by foot, others had to be reached by bus or a car.

Queue for a cable car in Chamonix

We had to wait for over 40 minutes to get to the cable car. The next day we were smarter and came much earlier.

avalanche danger sign in Chamonix

The avalanche warning sign. The danger level is 3 out of 5. Not very convincing if I'm honest.

Gondola cable car in Chamonix

Finally we are going up. It took us about 15 minutes to get up.

Chamonix village in the valley

The view on our Chamonix village is staggering. Real paradise in the Alps.

Beautiful Chamonix resort mountains

And here we are. At the very top of the mountain getting ready for snowing and skiing. Now all we had to do is to get on the second ski lift that would take us the skiing places.

Ski lift in Alps, Chamonix

Getting on the ski lift.

Going up with the ski lift

Peace :) Going up.

Ski lifts in Chamonix Alps

It takes another 10 minutes to get to the top. So there's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view.

Ski lifts in Alps, Chamonix

It's a good thing we had walkie - talkies. At least we could chat while riding in a different cabines.

Mountains in Chamonix skiing

Getting ready to go down the hill.

Sitting in Chamonix Alps

Stopped to admire the view once more. Just look at it.

Beautiful view on Alps in Chamonix

Can it really get any better than this? I don't think so.

Beautiful Alps in Chamonix

I've found my paradise. Don't want to go to Egypt. I'm totally in love with Alps.

Paragliding in Alps

Lots of paragliders as well. Would love to try it someday. By the way this is me there waiving.

Getting crazy in Alps, Chamonix

Boris is going crazy :)

No stopping sign in Alps, Chamonix

Some places forbid to stop as well. Usually these are more like crossroads so that you wouldn't bother other people.

Red track in Alps, Chamonix

This might look quite easy on the photo but in reality it was quite a steep about 2 km long track which took us about 15 minutes to get down.

Me in Alps, Chamonix, snowboard

Some photos on top of the world.

Ski lift over the track in Alps, Chamonix

Some track went right under the ski lift so it was possible to take cool pictures from above.

Walkie-talkie in Chamonix, Alps

Here I am, talking to someone.

Going un on the ski lift in Alps, Chamonix

And the person instantly knows where to look and what to do.

Beautiful Alps, Chamonix

Beautiful Alps, what else can you say.

Chilling in Alps, Chamonix

People are chilling.

Beautiful view on Alps in Chamonix

Another red track up above the others. It's hard to concentrate on snowboarding with such a view.

Warm weather in Alps, Chamonix

By the lunch time we all were pretty exhausted so we decided to have another photo session. After all it was unbelievably warm. +19C to be exact.

Happy in Alps, Chamonix

Feel tired but happy :)

Snowboarding in a t-shirt

Time to go for a ride :)

Happy in Alps, Chamonix

Guys are happy too.

Jumping on a snowboard in a t-shirt

Learning to jump while it's much easier without heavy clothes.

Open bar in Chamonix, France, Alps

After our photo session we decided to hit an open air bar. You really can't wish for more.

Open bar on a hill in Chamonix

To get to the bar you first had to go up the hill and then get down from it. A view from the ski lift.

Having a great tie in Alps

So this wraps up our first few days in Alps. The next morning we went to Geneve for an off day and then had another three days of snowing. To be continued..

Having a drink on a hill in a bar in Chamonix

And here we are. Paradise for snowboarders and ski guys as well.

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