WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT CHAMONIX? PART I
Chamonix is infuriating. The roads are pitted with potholes, but are unavoidable as the ski ‘resorts’ are so far apart and the bus service is ridiculous. The ski lifts are outdated and the pistes poorly maintained compared with the best in Europe. The mountain restaurants serve awful food at obscene prices and service to match, whereas a trip through the tunnel to Italy offers superb pasta for a bargain price. The infrastructure just cannot cope with the masses of visitors. So why do those visitors bother?
Because Chamonix is awesome!
I’d hesitate to call it a ski resort as there is barely enough to keep the average blue/red piste basher occupied for a week’s work-dodging, even if you include all five far-flung areas. But for mountaineers – with or without skis – it is a paradise. At least once you get above the smog-line.
I’ve been back in the UK…
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