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As a photographer, I can tell you that there a few places on Earth more photo worthy than this little corner of the French Alps, and no more so, than in the autumn. The light is soft and warm throughout the day, which adds a magical illumination to the landscape and offers a fabulous saturation of colours.read more
When sautéing wild mushrooms, as we want to intensify, not kill off their fragile earthy flavours. Follow our method closely for the tastiest sautéed wild mushrooms in France.read more
But in the French Alps, the low arc of the sun brings crystal clear blue skies. The landscape in perfect juxtaposition with the sky, burns orange and fiery red against the softer backdrop of silver birch and evergreens.read more
Squat. It’s not dignified, but it’s necessary, unfortunately. There may be something for you to hold onto if you are lucky. You may not be lucky…read more
Once the snow has melted away and with the sun quickly rising in the sky, the mountains spring into life with lush pastures and a myriad of alpine flowers carpeting the hillsides.read more
We all know that the French are renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the world, but do we really know why?read more
Triathlon training is tough, but it doesn’t have to be tough on your wallet. Triathlon training accommodation at Chalet Chocolat. Open to triathlon clubs and groups.read more
Our Limoncello recipe, makes an intensely lemony liqueur. Limoncello is traditionally served icy-cold as a single-shot, after-dinner digestif.read more
We say yes to all that is Italian! Pizzas, Gelati and Venice. These are things that make us feel good and this full flavoured, roasted red pepper antipasto is no exception.read more
The French are widely regarded as some of the worst drivers in the world – except, of course, by themselves If you want to immerse yourself in the French way of life, you must quickly acquire the French attitude to driving. Here’s the definitive crash course (ooh la-la) on the art of French driving:read more
Roasted red pepper hummus is a delicious variation on the basic hummus recipe.read more
The nearest bus stop to Chalet Chocolat is only 150 metres below the chalet, in Verchaix village centre.read more
There is no limit to the extent that some of us will go for a spot of healthy competition.read more
Location, location, location..
Yes, Chalet Chocolat is perfectly placed to visit some of Europe’s most beautiful towns and cities, in five awesome day trips. Each destination listed below is within a relatively short, stress-free drive from Chalet Chocolat. These may not be cheapest of days out, but the locations of these towns are to die for, so worth every single extra penny. You’ll never look at Ole Blighty the same way again!
Whether you like your mountain biking in the form of muscle-assisted XC epics on the best singletrack out there, or lift-assisted backcountry singletracks, there’s something in the Grand Massif for you!read more
The Giffre Valley and surrounding areas offer some of the best road biking in France.read more
Génépi, which is sometimes spelled Genepy, is the French name for certain plants of the Artemisia genus. These plants are used to make a fabulous liqueur!read more
Less is more when it comes to Gratin Dauphinois, its beauty lies in the simple flavour of potatoes, bound together with double cream, nutmeg and garlic.read more
It’s thought that almost 10,000 Britons get hurt on the winter slopes each year. Are these stats as terrifying as they seem..?read more
As you take the semi-squat skier’s position over your skis, your abductors and adductors muscles will burn with those killer lateral motions.read more
As a gift or an exquisite family dessert, this healthy chocolate strawberry recipe is a simple and beautiful way to show you care this Valentine’s Day.read more
The French macaron is a dainty, cream-filled almond meringue biscuit with a Parisian pedigree that will delight the most zealous of French food snobs.read more
This French onion soup recipe has to be one of the world’s favourite soups. There are many French Onion Soup recipes that are crude imitations lacking the flavour that is intrinsic to the recipe’s success!read more
Perched high above the valleys of the French Alps, mountain huts or mountain refuges offer a simple and cheap place to stay while you explore the high Alps.read more
For the French, Epiphany is synonymous with the Galette des Rois a frangipane-filled tart which is eaten ceremoniously on the Twelfth Day of Christmas or Epiphany Day.read more
it’s important to understand that your boots are key to your skiing performance, and are therefore, critical to your safety and enjoyment of the sport.read more
Want to try this French Croissant recipe? Well, it’s quite possible that even if you live in France, you may not have yet tasted a true French croissant.read more
This French Apple Tart is easy, sophisticated and delightfully French. A juicy-sweet tart with an adult kick.read more
This French chocolate truffle recipe can be made at home using premium natural ingredients and they taste sublime! Prep. time only 10 minutes.read more
A humorous look at French dining etiquette. You could commit some serious faux pas if you’re not careful.read more
Serious wine connoisseurs cherish the crisp white wines of the Savoie region which produces some of the best white wines in the country.read more
The heat of summer is sure to get your blood pumping, and there are awesome Samoens summer activities for those looking to enjoy the sunshine in style.read more
The French have always kept their market tradition strong. As well as the Samoens market, there is one in each town and village across the Haute Savoie.read more
We think James Bond was a bit of a ripper on skis and shred the backcountry in a style not seen since!
So to celebrate 50 years of Bond, we put together the 5 best ski-chase scenes for all your enjoyment.
Want to sound more like a ripper than a gaper? Don’t get left behind; sound sweet and check out the latest, coolest, hippest guide to ski slang terms!read more
Cross country skiing, nordic skiing, langlauf, ski de fond, this popular winter sport goes by many names and the best place in Europe to do it? Samoens.read more
We hope to help drive up green ski resort standards in the Grand Massif ski area, by highlighting what the operator Compagnie des Alpes, is doing to help preserve the environment.read more
We act responsibly by being transparent about our green commitment and by encouraging you to think about the green travel choices you could make.read more
Many of us panic when the roads become coated with ice or a dump of fresh snow. But there’s no need to freak out if you follow our safe winter driving tips.read more
What’s kind to the mountain environment, takes you away from the crowds, leaves nothing but footprints and is easy to do? Snowshoeing.read more
Berthoud: think of brown cows, flowery meadows and moo bells…an easy full fat French recipe, that tastes very good!read more
We’ve done the homework, so you don’t have to. Here is everything you need to know when booking your dog sledding ride in the Samoens Valley.read more
The Grand Massif Ski Area offers the lowest ratio of accommodation capacity to number of ski lifts anywhere, which is why they have the lowest queues of any resort in Europe,read more
We’ve done the homework so you don’t have to: Grand Massif Piste Map to download plus all the info. you need to make your ski chalet holiday complete.read more
Grand Massif lift passes are free for children under 5 and adults of 75 yrs. of age and over. However proof will be required for all reduced price passes.read more
Looking for a family day out? There’s so much fun to be had ice skating! With two great rinks on offer in the Samoens valley, in Morillon and Samoens.read more
Looking for a great family day out? It’s not all about the skiing and snowboarding. There’s just as much fun tobogganing off the pistes, as we find out…read more
Few recreational skiers wax their skis enough. Something as simple as a ski wax can make the difference between your skis crawling downhill or flying like the wind.read more
Despite the Grand Massif’s outstanding snow record and great high-speed infrastructure, investment continues with even more improvements to the already impressive list in both Flaine, Morillon and Samoens.read more
Sit back, grab a beer, switch to widescreen and watch these ski videos and the GoPro camera work its magic. Just tell the family you’re researching your ski holiday and then hope Santa pops one of these down the chimney this Christmas.. enjoyread more
It wasn’t long ago our ski wear looked woefully freakish in our synthetic cerise and sherbet, technicolour crotch one-pieces. We’ve moved on and mercifully.read more
Ski and snowboard lessons are open for reservations from mid-October until the end of the winter season and we highly recommend pre-booking well in advance.read more
Tartiflette is for those moments in life when only the best treat will do.. and preferably after a day on the slopes or you’ll need to fast for a week to atone for the indulgence.read more
Winter 2012/13 Snowfall is always a subject of great conjecture. However, an obvious misnomer is that there is a direct link between altitude and snowfall. In fact, a resort's position relative to or within a mountain range is far more significant than many skiers...read more
Once upon a time, the Alps were the preserve of the montagnards, spa town convalescents and eccentric English aristocrats attempting crazy alpine feats. This is the case no longer, as millions of us are drawn to the French Alps every winter and it's even considered...read more
Skiing when done in style, is an extremely cool method of getting around, but if you’re not ski fit, the only parallel turn you’ll make is to stop in front of a restaurant.read more
We offer you the low-down on where to eat on the slopes in the Grand Massif. Plus we reveal one of the best ski-lunch days in the French Alps.read more
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by deer and sheep ticks, it’s on the increase and is endemic across the French Alps.read more
Adapted by the French, this Fondue Savoyarde recipe is simple alpine food that warms the belly and radiates good vibes after a cold day on the mountain.read more
Travelling by car has a number of considerations and advantages.read more
We’d like to offer you some useful info to help you plan your ferry journey. Feel free to print it off.read more
We’d like to offer you some useful info to help you plan your journey through Eurotunnel, feel free to print it off.read more
Ski Train: The closest train station for Chalet Chocolat is Cluses which is 20 minutes away by taxi.
The booking window for the winter season opens on 11th October 2012.
Most journeys can be booked 90 days ahead of the date of travel.
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Car Hire from Geneva Airport Grab your discount with our Rhino Car Hire Car Hire from Geneva Airport to Samoens Grab your discount with Rhino Car Hire Back to the chalet Hiring a car is a good option for those guests looking for independent transport to the...read more