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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!

Samoens Mountain Huts and Refuges

Samoens Mountain Huts and Refuges

All the mountain huts listed here are located in exceptionally beautiful places and every single one is worth a visit. If you looking for sensational views, wildlife in abundance and the serenity and majesty these mountains are so famous for, we recommend you spend at least one of your holiday days hiking to one of these refuges. The details for each one are listed below.

food forager

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 […]

fitness freak

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. […]

powder hound

How to Wax Skis Like a Pro

How to Wax Skis Like a Pro

Few recreational skiers wax their skis enough.

You know when you hit a slush puddle and feel a jolt right through your skis? Well that’s due to friction changes on the surface of the snow. What’s less obvious are the smaller, impercetable changes in snow texture that without regular waxing, can affect the performance of your skis leading to a grippy and sticky ride.

Something as simple as a ski wax can make the difference between your skis crawling downhill or flying like the wind.

Ski Samoens News Report for 2014/15

Ski Samoens News Report for 2014/15

What’s new in the Grand Massif for 2014/2015? 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. We can’t wait to check them out, so here’s our very own Ski Samoens News Report on what’s in store.. […]

Go Pro with 4 Ski Videos of the Grand Massif

Go Pro with 4 Ski Videos of the Grand Massif

This is a small ski movie shredding some powder as the Grand Massif season opened last season using a GoPro HD Hero camera. Filmed by skiingmonkey. For the powder hounds among you, this is the time to sit back, grab a beer, switch to wide-screen and watch the GoPro camera work its magic… Just tell […]

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 […]

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.

Samoens Cycle Routes- 3 Classic Rides

Samoens Cycle Routes- 3 Classic Rides

The Giffre Valley and surrounding areas offer some of the best road biking in France. The Tour de France makes a regular appearance here, when athletes battle each other on the Joux Plane road, as do tens of thousands of people from all over Europe, pitting their fitness and strength against unforgiving roads that wind their way past some of the most magnificent landscapes on Earth.

winter resource guide

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Unlike London’s Swiss Cottage which benefits from excellent bus and tube connections, getting to Chalet Chocolat may well require the use of a car and quite possibly in less than perfect road conditions! Many of us panic when the roads become coated with ice or a dump of fresh snow. But don’t worry, all main roads are frequently attended to and the roads to the chalet are usually fine. However there are occasions when a sudden heavy blizzard can quickly make driving hazardous for the unprepared. So here’s advice we’ve learned the hard way , so you don’t have to!

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

What’s kind to the mountain environment, takes you away from the crowds, leaves nothing but footprints and is easy to do? Snowshoeing! The beauty of snowshoeing is that you don’t have to pay for a ski pass, and any area with public access that’s covered with snow is a viable snowshoe adventure!

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is another winter activity not to miss as not much beats the experience of a dog sled driven by a musher. As you are pulled along by the dogs, you’ll witness the stunning snow-covered scenery of the Upper Giffre Valley. Dog sledding is only available once a week only so advanced booking is highly recommended!

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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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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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Summer Gallery

Summer Gallery

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Click on images to enlarge, then click on right arrow to view each image in turn-enjoy!

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Génépi: The Best Génépi Liqueur Recipe to Make at Home

Génépi: The Best Génépi Liqueur Recipe to Make at Home

| April 10, 2013

Génépi, which is sometimes spelled Genepy, is the French name for certain plants of the Artemisia genus. These plants are used to make a liqueur of the same name.Génépi plants are found in the alpine region of France, particularly in the Savoie. They can be found in other areas of the country as well, but only on high ground such as in the Pyrenees. Those plants found in the Alps are the ones that are usually used to make the Génépi liqueur and boy, it tastes good!

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Happy April Fools!

Happy April Fools!

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY! Chalet Chocolat isn’t really submerged by snow, but if you want to take advantage of the best Easter ski conditions for years, ( 375 cm of snow) then why not book the remaining ski weeks at Chalet Chocolat? 6-13th of April 2013 RRP £ 2380 now £1700! 13-20th of April £1380 Price […]

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Gratin Dauphinois

Gratin Dauphinois

| March 29, 2013

At Chalet Chocolat we believe less is more when it comes to this magnificent dish, and that its beauty lies in the simple flavour of waxy potatoes, bound deliciously together with double cream, nutmeg and garlic.

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A Chocolate Strawberry for your Valentine?

A Chocolate Strawberry for your Valentine?

| February 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

A chocolate strawberry combines the natural sweet taste of fresh voluptuous fruit, ripe with the goodness of warm sunshine and the luxurious, dark velvety taste of chocolate. As a gift for a loved one, or an exquisite family dessert, this chocolate strawberry recipe is a simple and beautiful way to show you care this Valentine’s Day.

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French Macarons Recipe

French Macarons Recipe

| February 2, 2013 | 10 Comments

The French macaron (pronounced Mack-ah-ron) 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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Ski Samoens: Winter has arrived – Book Your 2014 Ski Holiday Today!

Ski Samoens: Winter has arrived – Book Your 2014 Ski Holiday Today!

| December 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

The ski season in Samoens is off to a good start with lots of early season snow. Quote the voucher code in this article to get 10% off the list price!

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Galette Des Rois-Epiphany Cake

Galette Des Rois-Epiphany Cake

| December 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

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. Epiphany has been celebrated in France every year since the 14th century AD.

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