Luxury Chalets, Chamonix Chic

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.  

I am proud of the collection of ski chalets and apartments I have put together over the years.  They include some of the most beautiful properties in Chamonix and its spectacular valley. The team of chefs we have assembled for our catered chalets is second to none.
 
I am equally proud of the reputation we have built, for the service we offer. ‘Personalised service’ is a tourism cliché. With Collineige it means, if you take a holiday with us, we are on the spot to put our local knowledge and contacts at your disposal, and to listen, respond and react to any problem or request without delay.     
 
Why Chamonix?  We think the skiing is the best.  Famously challenging, if you insist, but there are plenty of gentle runs too.  In summer the place is idyllic, and the range of opportunities fans out: hiking, white water rafting, climbing, golf, mountain biking …. against the stunning backdrop of Mont Blanc.  And we are only 70 minutes’ drive from Geneva.    If you haven’t tried Chamonix, you certainly should.  
 
Please browse the website to see what we have to offer, and if you have any questions do get in touch. I will make it my business to respond, without delay.  
Colleen Olianti  |  Director, Collineige

Colleen Olianti  |  Founder, Collineige


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

Latest News

Summer in Chamonix

We still have limited availabillity for summer accommodation - do call us now to secure the chalet of your choice!

There is lovely spring snow in Chamonix.... see the weather forecast.

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. 

 
The Vallée Blanche by Moonlight!   
 
The weekend of March 15th was full moon and we skied the Vallee Blanche by moonlight! Photos to follow.  If you would like to do this next winter contact us at for more details. 
 

Vertiginous Stuff

After a long wait the 'Pas dans le Vide' or 'Step into the Void' has opened.  It is in effect a glass platform, suspended at 3842m, from which the public can enjoy vertiginous views.  It is included in the Aiguille du Midi lift pass. Take a virtual tour of the facilities at the top of L'Aiguille du Midi with this video from the Compagnie du Mont Blanc.  Also the Guardian has some impressive pictures.
 

 

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