Welcome to the Collineige website, a window on my world. That world is the Chamonix valley, where I arrived as a keen young skier and traveller …. and never quite got round to leaving. I have raised my family here, and Collineige remains the same small specialist chalet company dealing solely with Chamonix, that it was when I set it up over 30 years ago.
We are proud of the standards we have maintained, here are some testimonials from our guests and the press over the years:
'We were very well looked after by Stuart and Bettina. And dinner was simply the best standard I've experienced in 20 years of chalet holidays all over the world. You have a great team in Chamonix currently.' DK, March 2012
'I have been skiing for over 25 years and this was one of the best experiences ever and easily the best European one. The company felt more like family than a supplier and nothing was too much trouble. Our day out with Jean Marie was beyond brilliant!' KO, Feb 2011
'Why risk sharing a chalet with rowdy strangers, or even rowdier friends? Here's our pick of five romantic retreats in the Alps. Mazot Les Tines, Chamonix, France. This cute cabin is total fairytale fantasy, all made of wood with little shutters...' The Guardian Feb 2012
'I want to do little other than eat and crash at the chalet, run by Collineige, whose chefs are plucked from some of Australia and London's top restaurants – even a banana cake at afternoon tea comes with a personalised flourish of, I was told, 'an Earl Grey-infused crème anglaise'. By Wednesday, when I reluctantly leave chef James's cooking for one of Collineige's central self-catered apartments, après ski has become nothing more than a quest for food, a hot bath, and an 11-hour sleep'. The Guardian Nov 09
'To sample Chamonix's famous off-piste, reserve a mountain guide (about £270 a day) and follow his/her lead; Jean-Marie Olianti, contactable through chalet operator Collineige (01483 579242), will not disappoint.' The Telegraph, Dec 10
'Our chalet, St Hubert, Argentiere, was superb; a beautiful fireplace, sweeping staircases and sauna. We were greeted by a roaring fire and a gourmet dinner.' Daily Mail Feb 08
'The best supplier of chalet accommodation in the valley is Colleen, a South African married to a mountain guide, contactable through Collineige' The Telegraph, Dec 04
'These (Val d'Arve) apartments have been built to a high standard with large rooms and quality fittings. They have been designed using lots of natural wood and country-cottage fabrics'. Guardian Nov 02
'Collineige's South African owner is married to a respected Chamonix high-mountain guide and her status in this close climbing community has allowed her to build an exceptional portfolio of chalets.' Telegraph Oct 98
'Collineige has the loveliest chalets in the Chamonix valley and the best connections with Chamonix guides. Even intermediates will want to ski the Vallee Blanche, and everyone benefits from a mountain guide's choice of the day's skiing, in an area where altitude and exposure mean heaven on one face and hell on another.' Times Nov 96
'Colleen'll fix it. In case you hadn't heard, Chamonix has the most exciting skiing in the world. Colleen is a Chamonix insider, with a toehold in pretty chalets tucked away in the most secluded corners of the valley.' Harpers & Queen Dec 93
March and April skiing in Chamonix
Easter in Chamonix
Chamonix's snow record is exceptional and we ski until the beginning of May. April is a stunning month to ski with long days, warm sun and brilliant skiing on snow sure slopes and north facing glaciers.