This chalet is situated in the heart of the village just a 3 minute walk from the main telecabin, ski school and ski-hire shop.
Recently renovated, it now boasts a comfortable, modern, interior that offers guests a true home from home. The open plan living space includes a fully fitted kitchen with full-size oven, gas hobs, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. There is a large comfortable L-shaped sofa where you can spread out and relax, facing the floor to ceiling windows with views of the surrounding mountains. Doors lead out on a spacious wooden decked terrace which is ideal for dining on during the summer months.
To keep you entertained the living room includes a TV with Euro-Satellite channels and a DVD player.
With the slopes so close by it is in fact possible to ski back to the chalet's door allowing you to maximise your ski time.
The chalet sleeps up to 10 in five bedrooms. There is one double en-suite room, two twin en-suite room and a further twin and bunk-bed room which share a family bathroom and separate WC.
This property is let on self-catering basis, however, this doesn’t mean you need to cook for yourself! There are a number of private chefs you can book who can prepare your meals for the full week or the odd night. Alternatively you could opt for a food delivery service.
Also see: Catering & Private Chefs in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Families & Kids
You’ll need to book your own childcare, when staying here. There is a great choice of childcare options in Chamonix from full-time nanny services to the odd night of babysitting. In addition, during the winter season, many of the ski-schools operate creche services. Booking in advance is always recommended and strongly advised for the school holiday periods.
Also see: Childcare in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
You’ll need to book your own transfers when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination.
Also see: Transfers to Chamonix, France
You’ll need to organise your own bike hire when staying here. Things to consider are the type of bike you want to rent such as road, mountain, hard trail and/or an electric bike; and whether you’ll need helmets and protective clothing with your rental. You’re best off choosing a shop that is close to your accommodation for ease of access, and making it quicker to return the bike and pay at the end. Some companies may also deliver so it’s worth looking at all the options.
Also see: Cycle Hire in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
You’ll need to book your own ski hire, when staying here. There are many choices for hiring equipment. Generally, you’re best off choosing somewhere close for ease of access, & less far to carry your kit, easier to make changes, and quicker to return and pay at the end. Nevertheless, many suppliers will deliver and some snow-front rental stores offer ski lockers, so it’s worth checking out all the options.
Also see: Ski Hire in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Lifts & Passes
You can book all your lift passes through this company and they will ensure they are ready for you on your arrival in you accommodation.
Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France
Instructors & Lessons
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.
Also see: Ski Schools in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Guides & Tours
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover Chamonix whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.
Also see: Guides & Tours in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Situated just after Argentiere on the way to the Swiss border, Le Tour is one of the quieter of the Chamonix resorts. Surrounded by pine forests it sits in a clearing with the Domaine de Balme ski area separating it from its neighbouring village of Vallorcine. Used as a pasture in the summer by local farmers, you are more likely to be woken by the clanging of cow bells than the sound of revellers on their way home from a night out!
Le Tour is a tiny little village at the foot of the Domaine de Balme ski area; there is no village centre as such, more a cluster of pretty stone chalets surrounded by pastures and ancient farmhouses. If you're looking for the quiet life, then you're in the right place! It is a great base for hiking and mountain biking or cycling in the summer, and if you want super-easy access to an intermediate ski/snowboard area then it couldn't be better.
The best of Le Tour's restaurants are actually on the mountain, so lunch is a better option than dinner. Underneath the Autannes chairlift is a fantastic little place called Les Ecuries that serves what has to be one of the best croutes in the valley (another variation on hot cheese); it gets busy, so book your table as soon as you arrive. Just across the way at the bottom of the Possettes draglift is the Alpages des Balmes, a wonderfully rustic old barn that serves tasty local dishes and a great vin chaud.
Also see: Restaurants in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Le Tour is just a short hop on the train from the Swiss border, ideally placed for sightseeing in both France and Switzerland. Just a few stops on the train and you can catch the incredibly steep funicular up to the Emosson Dam, a huge hydroelectric dam surrounded by hiking trails and the famous dinosaur footprints. If you continue your train journey to Martigny you can also visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda art gallery and the Roman amphitheatre. In the other direction, you can be in Chamonix within about 20 minutes where you'll find shops, bars, sports centre, Aiguille du Midi and plenty of other attractions.
Also see: Sights in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
The nearest golf course to Le Tour is the Golf Club de Chamonix, an 18 hole course in Chamonix Les Praz, near to the Flegere lift station. It has a driving range, club house and pro-shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They hold regular competitions throughout the summer, the course is closed in winter.
Also see: Golf Courses in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Le Tour is linked to Vallorcine by the Domaine de Balme ski area; a gentle rolling terrain featuring lots of blue and red runs as well as a large beginners slope at its base. If this all sounds a bit tame then you can have a go at the timed slalom course beside the Autannes piste. Le Tour is also renowned for being one of the best places to head on a powder day, but don't tell everybody or they'll all be there...
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France
Apres-ski hasn't quite took hold in Le Tour, you have to make your own entertainment here! There is a large bar-restaurant at the foot of the Charamillon gondola that has a sunny terrace where you can enjoy a beer or two in the afternoon, and a smaller café in the carpark that has a nice ambience. Other than that you can hop on the bus to Argentiere or Chamonix, be aware of the bus timetable though as the last return is not very late!
Also see: Bars in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Location: Chamonix - Le Tour
Catering Basis: Self-catered
Property Style: Chalet
Run By: Agent/Operator
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional & Modern mix
Sleeps: Sleeps 10
Bedrooms: 5 bedroom
Bookings For: Lift Passes
Entertainment: DVD Player | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet
Kitchen/Laundry: Cooker / Oven | Dishwasher | Fridge-freezer | Tumble Dryer | Washing Machine
View: Mountain view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
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