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.
By the time we returned from Geneve it was already dark. So we decided to have some lunch in the city. After all at night it is as beautiful as it is at daytime.
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.
Beautiful cute night streets.
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.
Many different restaurants and bars.
The city even has its own train. Even though I haven't seen a single one.
We had to drive for about 250 km. Which isn't that much but still quite uncomfortable.
Night burgers. Probably the largest we ever had.
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.
After these enormous burgers we decided to call it a day and headed back to our apartment.
The next morning. Going for the bus stop.
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.
And this is how all buses look like. Feels like only skiers and snowboarders are allowed.
Passing an interesting village.
And this is the weather we are facing this time. Not as shiny as it used to be a few days ago.
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.
Doesn't seem like the weather is scaring off people.
Turns out our apartment was right in the center. And boy was it worth it. Real Alpine style. Our guest room.
Finally going up.
Once again admiring the wonderful view on the valley.
This apartment is way better than any of the hotels we would pick. Wooden atmosphere is amazing.
Exploring the map of the tracks.
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.
Quite a long queue to the ski lift.
And since it was Friday there was quite a lot of parties in the city. First time am I seeing a church like this.
The weather seemed to be ok at first, but then turned out to be worse.
All shops are about the Alps. Real paradise for winter sport fans.
Talking to others on the walkie talkie.
Another sports shop. Every shop has its own style.
This time no t-shirts. Winds are quite strong so there is no chance you can snow without a mask.
Christmas tree in the center of the city even though it was March :)
But still. The mountain view is terrific at any weather.
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.
You can see how clouds go over the mountains.
As it turned out we had a wonderful dog living right next door. Someday I'll definitely get a dog like this.
Taking photos you all are watching right now. Not as comfortable as it usually is. And quite cold as well.
We had several gondola ski lifts in the city. Some were reachable by foot, others had to be reached by bus or a car.
I guess it's a lunch time.
Having fun despite the weather.
We had to wait for over 40 minutes to get to the cable car. The next day we were smarter and came much earlier.
Finally found a place with snowboarders.
The avalanche warning sign. The danger level is 3 out of 5. Not very convincing if I'm honest.
BMW xDrive track that takes a video and your time lap. All you have to do is wait in line for your turn.
Finally we are going up. It took us about 15 minutes to get up.
Here I am finishing the lap.
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.
Boards are everywhere.
Different track sign. Green, blue and black tracks are available.
Here I am. Looks like the weather is getting better.
Getting on the ski lift.
Peace :) Going up.
Sanja getting ready for the ride.
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.
Chamonix valley, France, Alps
Getting ready to go down the hill.
Stopped to admire the view once more. Just look at it.
Yeap, I like it here.
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.
Finally, At the end of the last day the sky clears up.
Lots of paragliders as well. Would love to try it someday. By the way this is me there waiving.
Taking the last ride around this beautiful valley.
Boris is going crazy :)
Here is a small overview of the city. Very cute small streets..
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.
..with the small wooden houses and snow hats on the rooftops.
And of course beautiful mountains on the background.
Some track went right under the ski lift so it was possible to take cool pictures from above.
Nice menu in a restaurant. Can imagine how much snow there used to be.
Here I am, talking to someone.
I wish I had a view like this when I look outside my window.
And the person instantly knows where to look and what to do.
Found a funny horse in the middle of the city.
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.
The same church that you already have seen in the first part. Beautiful, isn't it?
It was getting late so we were lucky to witness a staggering sunset.
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.
The light became just perfect for great mountain pictures.
By the way this in Mont Blanc. The highest point in Alps. Looks amazing.
Of course it is possible to get up there but unfortunately the weather wasn't the best, so we would only see clouds all around us. And it costs 50 euro a person to get up there.
Feel tired but happy :)
It's a good thing they have web cameras so you can see is it worth going up there. And unfortunately it wasn't. But the view from the bottom is also quite inspiring.
At the end we decided to check out some souvenir shops as well. As always I take some close macro pictures.
Here are some more.
Time to go for a ride :)
Classical post cards. Reminder of the Olympic games that were held in Chamonix in 1924 and 1973.
Last evening is always the most beautiful.
Having a late supper. And it's Friday so all places are quite packed.
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.
Cheese store. Hundreds of real French cheese.
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.
So peaceful. Don't want to go back.
Classical clock on one of the buildings.
Since it was Friday there was some kind of a party on the top of the mountains as well. Looks like fun. It's a shame we didn't manage to get up there. Maybe next time.
One of the sport shops. Everybody are watching some snowboard movies on the big screen.
I would gladly sit there for another hour to watch it with the others as well.
By the way - every shop has a defibrillator. In case of the emergency. I think this is really awesome.
And at the end a little bit more about the apartment. Here is a special room for your skis and boards. Very useful.
A place to dry your boots. First time am I seeing something like this. You can dry not only boots but gloves hats and all other kind of stuff there.
One of the coolest things in our apartment was a shelf full of the National Geographic magazines starting from 1970-s.
You can see how many was there. Of course I instantly found the one that came out when I was born. August in 1985.
The 1896 year book. More then hundred years old. Amazing. I wish I had more time to read it.
But the coolest thing of all was of course the secret bed that we found just by chance. You can see here is just a typical furniture. There are the National Geographic magazines as well by the way.
This is how it works. You just press a button on a remote control a bad comes in and out of the closet. I've never seen anything like this. Feels like you are in a Sherlock Holms movie.
And here we are. Ready to go to bed. Simply amazing. And imagine how the saves place. One moment there is a table and a guest room, and the other you have yourself a double bed. Unbelievable. I want this kind of bed at my place.
And this is it. Thank you Chamonix for the wonderful holidays. We had a great time and will definitely come again.comments powered by Disqus