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La Petite Kitchen, 80 Place du Poilu, Chamonix (+33(0)450 54 37 44). The little kitchen, open from 9 a.m., has just a handful of tables and serves traditional English breakfasts, pain au chocolat, and fresh fruit smoothies to fuel you up for the day.
Le GouThe, 95 rue des Moulins, Chamonix. For a quick energy boosting sugar fix, grab a sweet galette (crepe) and wash it down with a cup of thick hot chocolate with gingerbread or pistachio infusion.
La Bergerie (2,000m), Brevent/Flegere, Argentiere (+33(0)45 053 0542). This mountain restaurant, set at the mid-station of Brevent, has awesome views of the Mont Blanc massif. Taste hearty mountain dishes such as the cassoulet - a rich, slow-cooked bean stew.
La Caleche, 18 rue du Docteur Paccard, Chamonix (+33(0)45 055 9468). Tuck in to traditional alpine favourites, like fondue and raclette, in this rustic restaurant decked from floor to ceiling in pine. La Caleche's walls are adorned in everything alpine: a Swiss cuckoo clock, old skis, books about the mountains, and a bobsleigh from the first winter games of 1924.
The Bistro, 151 avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix (+33(0)450 535764). Michelin-starred chef Mickey experiments with seasonal ingredients and textures to create mouth-watering dishes like the warm chocolate macaroon with raspberry and red pepper coulis. Three courses from the Classic Menu cost €28.
Hameau Albert 1er, 38 Route de Bouchet, Chamonix (+33(0)450 530 509). Serves two-Michelin-starred French cuisine with influences from the Mont Blanc and Italian Piedmont regions. Specialities include seasonal white truffles or the spit-roasted duck foie gras (€95/two people) which must be booked in advance.
The Clubhouse, 74 Promenade des Sonnailles, Chamonix (+33(0)450 984 220). Serves simple unfussy food like steaks, salads, and Sunday roasts in relaxed surroundings. Round off the evening with a glass of vintage Armagnac dating back to the 19th century.
Creperie Gentiane, 64 Rue Lyret, Chamonix (+33(0)450 532 693. Slightly off the tourist map, this little creperie next to the river serves a good choice of sweet and savory crepes in a friendly, casual setting.
MBC, 350 Route de Bouchet (+33(0)450 536 159). This Canadian-run micro-brewery is popular for its Blonde de Chamonix, Soute des Drus, and Granite Pale Ale. During the winter months, MCB hosts live music twice a week (usually Tuesdays and Fridays).
Casino Barriere, 12 place de Saussure, Chamonix (+33(0)450 530 765). Located in the centre of Chamonix, the casino is open until 2 a.m (3 a.m weekends) and is restricted to the over 18s. You'll find fruit machines (from 10 cents) and gaming tables with roulette (English and French), black jack, and stud poker. It also hosts a range of events and shows throughout the year.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 12/01/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 05/12/2013
Projected Days Open: 162
Days Open Last Year: 158
Years Open: 89
Average Snowfall: 264"
Pros: Snow, scenery, food
Cons: High Mountain Company
Pros: Great boarding, great apres/nightlife, amazing scenery and views
Cons: Perhaps not as many runs as linked areas in France
Pros: Nightlife, variation of slopes, skiers, views
Cons: Bus and old lifts, low alititude village
Pros: amazing scenary, long, steep runs, challenging, good choice of pistes
Cons: difficult place to learn, expensive
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