Journal

We write about stuff that interests us and informs you

Photography in the French Alps

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.

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French Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

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.

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Autumn Bed and Breakfast

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.

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Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto

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.

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How to Drive Like a Frenchman

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:

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5 Spectacular Day Trips

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!

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Mountain Bike Trails and Maps

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!

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How to Make Génépi Liqueur

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!

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Gratin Dauphinois

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.

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Have Fun-Ski Safe!

It’s thought that almost 10,000 Britons get hurt on the winter slopes each year. Are these stats as terrifying as they seem..?

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French Macarons Recipe

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.

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French Onion Soup Recipe

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!

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Samoens Mountain Huts

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.

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Galette Des Rois-Epiphany Cake

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.

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French Croissant Recipe

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.

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The Bond Ski Chase: A Retrospective

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.

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A-Z of Ski Slang Terms

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!

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Winter Driving Tips

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.

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Snowshoeing in Samoens

What’s kind to the mountain environment, takes you away from the crowds, leaves nothing but footprints and is easy to do? Snowshoeing.

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Dog Sledding in Samoens

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.

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Grand Massif Ski Area

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,

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Grand Massif Piste Map

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.

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Ski Pass Prices 2015/16

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.

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Ice Skating in Samoens

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.

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How to Wax Skis Like a Pro

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.

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Ski Samoens News Report for 2014/15

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.

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Go Pro with 4 Ski Videos of the Grand Massif

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.. enjoy

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Ski and Snowboard Lessons

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.

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Tartiflette Recipe

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.

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Snow History for Samoens

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...

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Skiing a L’Anglaise (Humour)

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...

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Get Yourself Well (Ski) Fit!

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.

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Where to Eat on the Slopes

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.

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Fondue Savoyarde

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.

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Eurotunnel

We’d like to offer you some useful info to help you plan your journey through Eurotunnel, feel free to print it off.

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Ski Train

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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Flights to Geneva

We’ve scoured the net for the best deals available, so you don’t have to!
In the box below, just fill in where you would like to fly from in the UK, then put Geneva as your destination.
An additional page will open on your screen with the very best flight deals for you and your family on the specific days you requested.
It just couldn’t be easier! Go on, give it a try!

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Car Hire

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...

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