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The World’s Most Bizarre Sports-Mad or Inspirational?

The World’s Most Bizarre Sports-Mad or Inspirational?

There is no limit to the extent that some of us will go for a spot of healthy competition, as we take a look into the weird world of Bizarre Sports…

Mountain Biking in Samoens-Mountain Bike Trails and Maps

Mountain Biking in Samoens-Mountain Bike Trails and Maps

Do you fancy trying some of the most awesome backcountry singletrack mountain bike trails in Europe? Whether you like your mountain biking in the form of muscle-assisted XC epics on the best singletrack around, or lift-assisted backcountry singletracks, there’s something in the Grand Massif for you!

Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Just how dangerous is skiing?

It’s thought that almost 10,000 Britons get hurt on the winter slopes each year. This terrifying statistic might suggest we’re all a bunch of masochists for even thinking about strapping ourselves to a couple of planks in order to hurtle down the mountainside. However, Dr Mike Langran at the research site Ski-Injury.com, indicates that only around three in every thousand of us, ends up requiring medical attention during their ski holiday. With an overall snow sport injury risk this low, it makes a game of football look positively treacherous, with an average of two players succumbing to injury after every game.

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Fed Up of Feeling a Plonker?  A Beginner’s Guide to the French Wine Regions

Fed Up of Feeling a Plonker? A Beginner’s Guide to the French Wine Regions

We all know that the French are renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the world, but do we really know why? If you are fed up feeling the ignoramus, whilst your friends discuss the aroma and delicate bouquet of an obscure wine, then fear not – there are others like you and help is here!
Check out our cheater’s guide to the French wine regions, so you can relax on holiday and impress others with your expert knowledge.

Limoncello Recipe-An Intensely Lemony Italian Liqueur

Limoncello Recipe-An Intensely Lemony Italian Liqueur

Our Limoncello recipe, makes an intensely lemony liqueur – Originating from Sicily Italy, Limoncello is traditionally served icy-cold as a single-shot, after-dinner digestif. However, after extensive research we can confirm it’s wonderful drunk any time of day.

Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto

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. Enjoy it in a baguette with chorizo and rocket, in a fresh garden salad or knock up a Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with crudités. Roasted […]

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Alpine Skiing:The Health Benefits of Downhill Skiing

Alpine Skiing:The Health Benefits of Downhill Skiing

If you want to burn up to 5000 extra calories a day and rev up your metabolic rate by shocking those complacent muscles into action, then book a holiday chez Chalet Chocolat, and we’ll tell you why a ski holiday is about more than getting through the day with a flush in your cheeks, a few tales to tell and your ego intact!

Get Yourself Well (Ski) Fit!

Get Yourself Well (Ski) Fit!

Anyone who has been to a ski resort will know that there’s a lot more to skiing than merely sliding about on snow. It’s not just a nifty way of travelling from A to B in winter. For one thing when done with style, it’s an extremely cool method of getting around; but if you’re […]

Lyme Disease-Why all the Fuss?

Lyme Disease-Why all the Fuss?

Why all the fuss? 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. Ticks can be picked up from vegetation or by direct transmission from animals.The symptoms are varied and diagnosis tricky, if left untreated Lyme disease can be serious. […]

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Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Just how dangerous is skiing?

It’s thought that almost 10,000 Britons get hurt on the winter slopes each year. This terrifying statistic might suggest we’re all a bunch of masochists for even thinking about strapping ourselves to a couple of planks in order to hurtle down the mountainside. However, Dr Mike Langran at the research site Ski-Injury.com, indicates that only around three in every thousand of us, ends up requiring medical attention during their ski holiday. With an overall snow sport injury risk this low, it makes a game of football look positively treacherous, with an average of two players succumbing to injury after every game.

Ski Boot Sizing and Fitting

Ski Boot Sizing and Fitting

We think ski boots are the most vital part of your ski equipment. Apart from the fact that your ski holiday could be ruined if the circulation in your foot is compromised (leading to cold feet and excruciating pain), it’s important to understand that your boots are the key to your skiing performance, and are therefore critical to your safety and enjoyment of the sport.

A-Z of Ski Slang Terms

A-Z of Ski Slang Terms

If you want to sound sweet on the slopes this year and master the art of ski-speak; or make sense of the cool dude in the queue when he turns round and says, “With the flat light and this chowder, you’ll have to ride good or eat wood..” then get working on some totally awesome ski slang to sprinkle liberally into your conversation. With any luck you’ll sound like a ripper even if you’re still a gaper… what?

summer resource guide

Triathlon Training

Triathlon Training

  Why choose Chalet Chocolat? Open to triathlon training groups and clubs, Chalet Chocolat can comfortably accommodate 12 people. You pay a flat rate in the spring and autumn which means you can hire this magnificent chalet for as little £150/per person. Read here how much people appreciate the luxury and location of our award-winning […]

Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Jazz is at this festival’s historic core, but many styles of music have been welcomed over the years, making the festival’s musical range, both colourful and eclectic. This year’s festival line-up, is no exception..

5 Spectacular Day Trips-Alpine Towns and Cities

5 Spectacular Day Trips-Alpine Towns and Cities

Chalet Chocolat is perfectly placed to visit some of Europe’s most beautiful towns and cities on five great day trips. Each day trip listed below is within a relatively short, traffic-jam-free drive from Chalet Chocolat.

winter resource guide

La Grande Odyssée 2014 Grand Massif

La Grande Odyssée 2014 Grand Massif

Ever been to a sled dog competition? Well it’s definitely not something to pass on.This year we see La Grande Odyssée event return to the Grand Massif, and on its 10th anniversary, it’s bigger and better than ever before!

Ski Bus Times: Morillon, Samoens, Sixt and Verchaix

Ski Bus Times: Morillon, Samoens, Sixt and Verchaix

Samoens, Morillon and Sixt Fer a Cheval are not purpose-built resorts. Despite this, the ski bus infrastructure supporting free and speedy access between each ski station, village and town centre in the Grand Massif is superb and the most efficient way to get around the resort. Warning Ideally, your accommodation should be close to a […]

Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Have Fun-Ski Safe!

Just how dangerous is skiing?

It’s thought that almost 10,000 Britons get hurt on the winter slopes each year. This terrifying statistic might suggest we’re all a bunch of masochists for even thinking about strapping ourselves to a couple of planks in order to hurtle down the mountainside. However, Dr Mike Langran at the research site Ski-Injury.com, indicates that only around three in every thousand of us, ends up requiring medical attention during their ski holiday. With an overall snow sport injury risk this low, it makes a game of football look positively treacherous, with an average of two players succumbing to injury after every game.

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Get Yourself Well (Ski) Fit!

Get Yourself Well (Ski) Fit!

| September 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Anyone who has been to a ski resort will know that there’s a lot more to skiing than merely sliding about on snow. It’s not just a nifty way of travelling from A to B in winter. For one thing when done with style, it’s an extremely cool method of getting around; but if you’re […]

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La Grande Odyssée 2014 Grand Massif

La Grande Odyssée 2014 Grand Massif

| January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ever been to a sled dog competition? Well it’s definitely not something to pass on.This year we see La Grande Odyssée event return to the Grand Massif, and on its 10th anniversary, it’s bigger and better than ever before!

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Fed Up of Feeling a Plonker?  A Beginner’s Guide to the French Wine Regions

Fed Up of Feeling a Plonker? A Beginner’s Guide to the French Wine Regions

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

We all know that the French are renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the world, but do we really know why? If you are fed up feeling the ignoramus, whilst your friends discuss the aroma and delicate bouquet of an obscure wine, then fear not – there are others like you and help is here!
Check out our cheater’s guide to the French wine regions, so you can relax on holiday and impress others with your expert knowledge.

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Triathlon Training

Triathlon Training

| May 8, 2013

  Why choose Chalet Chocolat? Open to triathlon training groups and clubs, Chalet Chocolat can comfortably accommodate 12 people. You pay a flat rate in the spring and autumn which means you can hire this magnificent chalet for as little £150/per person. Read here how much people appreciate the luxury and location of our award-winning […]

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Limoncello Recipe-An Intensely Lemony Italian Liqueur

Limoncello Recipe-An Intensely Lemony Italian Liqueur

| May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Limoncello recipe, makes an intensely lemony liqueur – Originating from Sicily Italy, Limoncello is traditionally served icy-cold as a single-shot, after-dinner digestif. However, after extensive research we can confirm it’s wonderful drunk any time of day.

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Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto

Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto

| May 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

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. Enjoy it in a baguette with chorizo and rocket, in a fresh garden salad or knock up a Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with crudités. Roasted […]

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Driving in France-How to Drive Like a Frenchman

Driving in France-How to Drive Like a Frenchman

| May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

| May 2, 2013

Jazz is at this festival’s historic core, but many styles of music have been welcomed over the years, making the festival’s musical range, both colourful and eclectic. This year’s festival line-up, is no exception..

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

| April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Hummus is believed to have originated from Egypt in the 13th century. It’s tasty, high in iron, vitamin C and is a complete protein when served with bread. All we need now are a couple of pyramids and perhaps a mummy or two. Feel free to add your own

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Ski Bus Times: Morillon, Samoens, Sixt and Verchaix

Ski Bus Times: Morillon, Samoens, Sixt and Verchaix

| April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Samoens, Morillon and Sixt Fer a Cheval are not purpose-built resorts. Despite this, the ski bus infrastructure supporting free and speedy access between each ski station, village and town centre in the Grand Massif is superb and the most efficient way to get around the resort. Warning Ideally, your accommodation should be close to a […]

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The World’s Most Bizarre Sports-Mad or Inspirational?

The World’s Most Bizarre Sports-Mad or Inspirational?

| April 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

There is no limit to the extent that some of us will go for a spot of healthy competition, as we take a look into the weird world of Bizarre Sports…

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