Sunday, January 30, 2011

What to do when the FIS World Cup comes to town

What do you do the weekend when the FIS mens world cup ski race comes to town? Over the past month Les Houches has been hard at work...hours and hours of piste preparation, miles and miles of safety netting, construction of grandstands, hospitality venues and press offices. This week was dominated by the arrival of Ski teams, TV crews, VIP's and by the time race day arrived ground level was grid locked and the air was full of loud speakers, race commentary and aerial photography. 

So what do you do? Well I have seen it before and yes its fairly exciting not to mention all the lycra! but the preferred option was to dig out the snowshoes and head out in opposite direction. Heading up out of Les Houches though the idyllic alpage of Charrousse you couldn't be further away from the events occurring across the mountain. 

Charousse is a haven of peace, preserved from the excesses of the valley of Chamonix, a set of traditional chalets with preserved architecture that has stood still in time. The cottages are no longer used for farming but they are kept in authentic character to ensure the future protection of pastoral history. The view is truly gorgeous as the Mont Blanc massif stands before you... see for yourself.

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