Resort: Argentière (France). This is a resort that has its own character that can hold its own with a famous and larger neighbour; Chamonix. Rising behind the village is an awe inspiring mountain of great character; Les Grands Montets (3,295m); a skiing area famous for its steep and demanding slopes, both on-piste as well as off-piste. The other main attraction in the entire area for experienced skiers is the fearsome Vallée Blanche, an off-piste 20km long route with a vertical descent of 2,700m. The views are stunning and the high mountain environment provides a real sensation of wilderness. For those foolhardy enough to tackle this dangerous route, it will certainly be an unforgettable memorable life experience.
The skiing at Chamonix and Argentière are not directly connected although there is a good bus and train service over the seven kilometres along the glacial valley floor. Whilst both areas can be ski heaven for expert skiers, there are 150 km of groomed pistes to appeal to all grades of ability at Argentière. There's the nursery slope at the base of the terminal, excellent red and blue intermediate runs.
Argentière is a charming rustic village with a dozen restaurants plus bars and coffee shops, the nightlife is low key. Everything is here for skiers and non-skiers alike as the Savoie countryside is simply beautiful with lots of opportunity for snow shoeing, alpine walkers.
It is an hour and a quarter from Geneva Airport.
Chalet: Chalet Libellule This new 400 sq.m. chalet offers panoramic views of the spectacular Mont Blanc mountain range and of the impressive Argentière glacier. The chalet and its sister chalets are the very successful result of a personal passion by the owner Jon Law. Internally, the style is mainly modern but with lovely wooden ceilings supported by large beams, it is spread over four floors and has six en-suite bedrooms; the bathrooms are finished with Italian slate tiles and designer fixtures. A spacious top floor mezzanine gives the option of two further beds and/or children’s area.
There is a large open plan living room, complete with log burning stove, large windows and a balcony offer panoramic views of the spectacular Mont Blanc mountain range and of the impressive Argentière glacier. Alternatively, they seemingly have every electronic devise to watch and play with.
The boutique spa has a relaxation room with massage table and luxury shower. An open glass solarium will make you smile and a sauna is housed in its own mini-building.
There are two outdoor Jacuzzis, a hot tub and a sauna housed in an insect-like mini-building with a ‘bubble eye’ window.
Uniquely in Argentière, with the usual good snow the chalet is ski in, (just) ski out as the lift is just a matter of meters away. The Argentière ski school and the Panda Club ski school for children is only a few minutes away. The heart of the quaint traditional French village is only five minutes on foot from the chalet.