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.
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.
And here we are in Milan, Linate airport. All ready for the mountains.
But immediately we run into a problem. Our two snowboards plus skis plus all other bags didn't quite fit the car.
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.
We had to drive for about 250 km. Which isn't that much but still quite uncomfortable.
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.
Roads in Italy are for charge but the quality is really perfect. Just set cruise control and you're good to go.
Having a quick stop on our way.
Passing an interesting village.
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.
So we decided to find our apartment first and then take a quick look around.
Turns out our apartment was right in the center. And boy was it worth it. Real Alpine style. Our guest room.
This apartment is way better than any of the hotels we would pick. Wooden atmosphere is amazing.
After the apartment we decided to check out the city a little bit more. Looks very nice and quite.
Real mountain village. Just as we imagined it would be.
And since it was Friday there was quite a lot of parties in the city. First time am I seeing a church like this.
All shops are about the Alps. Real paradise for winter sport fans.
Another sports shop. Every shop has its own style.
Christmas tree in the center of the city even though it was March :)
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.
The next morning we woke up had some breakfast and headed straight for the mountains. After all this is why we are here.
As it turned out we had a wonderful dog living right next door. Someday I'll definitely get a dog like this.
We had several gondola ski lifts in the city. Some were reachable by foot, others had to be reached by bus or a car.
We had to wait for over 40 minutes to get to the cable car. The next day we were smarter and came much earlier.
The avalanche warning sign. The danger level is 3 out of 5. Not very convincing if I'm honest.
Finally we are going up. It took us about 15 minutes to get up.
The view on our Chamonix village is staggering. Real paradise in the Alps.
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.
Getting on the ski lift.
Peace :) Going up.
It takes another 10 minutes to get to the top. So there's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view.
It's a good thing we had walkie - talkies. At least we could chat while riding in a different cabines.
Getting ready to go down the hill.
Stopped to admire the view once more. Just look at it.
Can it really get any better than this? I don't think so.
I've found my paradise. Don't want to go to Egypt. I'm totally in love with Alps.
Lots of paragliders as well. Would love to try it someday. By the way this is me there waiving.
Boris is going crazy :)
Some places forbid to stop as well. Usually these are more like crossroads so that you wouldn't bother other people.
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.
Some photos on top of the world.
Some track went right under the ski lift so it was possible to take cool pictures from above.
Here I am, talking to someone.
And the person instantly knows where to look and what to do.
Beautiful Alps, what else can you say.
People are chilling.
Another red track up above the others. It's hard to concentrate on snowboarding with such a view.
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.
Feel tired but happy :)
Time to go for a ride :)
Guys are happy too.
Learning to jump while it's much easier without heavy clothes.
After our photo session we decided to hit an open air bar. You really can't wish for more.
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.
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..
And here we are. Paradise for snowboarders and ski guys as well.comments powered by Disqus