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Welcome to Collineige

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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, and 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

Founder, Collineige

Latest News 

July 27th 2016 

Chamonix Summer Chalets

The mountains are glorious in the summer and we still have some availability in one or two chalets and apartments, see our summer chalets page. Please call or email for any further details!  

Late Availability Offers for Chamonix Accommodation. 

Check out the webcams and weather for Chamonix here.  We have last minute rooms and chalets available in Chamonix at reduced prices. See our offers on the special offers page. 

Xmas or New year in Chamonix 2016/17?

As both Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on Sundays this year we are proposing weeks 22nd - 29th December for Christmas (Thursday to Thursday) and so 29th December - 5th January for New Year. There is also a little flexibility here.

Sorry the website is not happy with this hence the dates on the pricing grids for the festive period (and the week before) are not correct!

Many of our chalets are booked months in advance.  To secure your favourite chalet or date, especially Christmas, New Year and peak February weeks, do contact us.

The Ultimate Guide for the Chamonix Tour de France Tourist

Tour De France 2016 is coming! Your ideal spectator plan, transport, restaurant and Chamonix Chalet Guide lies below!

Chamonix is at the heart of the Tour De France 2016 cycling action this month. The 103rd edition of the Tour is returning to Haute-Savoie from the 17th to the 20th of July. Follow our ultimate itinerary guide and enjoy the world’s best cycling in the spectacular French Alps with Collineige, and Chamonix as your base.

Sunday 17th

Arrive in Chamonix where fabulous Chalet Les Tissourds awaits you and your closest friends, family and bike fanatics!

With four double/twin rooms, Jacuzzi and cinema room it’s the perfect place to relax and follow the action of the Tour on TV.

The breakfast of champions (croissants!) are a phone call way, our Chamonix team are available to deliver your bakery requirements from 7am! 

Monday 18th

The Alps stages are here in one sleep so why not get a better perspective on them from the “Aiguille du Midi”. At 3842m altitude you can cast your gaze to Italy and nearby Switzerland where Stage 17 will begin and end tomorrow!

Impossibly delicious and healthy too, we recommend nearby L’Impossible for dinner. Their set menus are to ride for!

Tuesday 19th 

Get on your bikes and ride! Chamonix to Sallanches (retour) is the perfect “warm up” ride for enthusiasts. A mild 68km and an elevation of 787m you can burn off last night’s dessert. 

If you can’t bring your own bike, don’t worry, our team in Chamonix has friends in all the right places to get you on a race ready saddle!

Wednesday 20th

AND THEY’RE OFF! Stage 17: This route begins in Berne at midday and is expected to finish around 17:00 following an incredible 10km climb to the edge of the Emosson Dam (Martigny). This finish line is a 32km drive from Chamonix but we recommend the public transport. Take the bus to Finhaut, departing every hour, minutes before the top of hour, from the Chamonix Bus terminal.

Once in Finhaut there are buses taking you from the main station to the dam every 18 minutes past the hour. 

Better still take the scenic funicular train to your destination, be sure to book your tickets online as this will be a popular choice. (search Finhaut>Lac d'Emosson Minifunic, 20.07.16, at 13:16)

Thursday 21st

For stage 18 the peloton faces a 17km uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megève. Before reaching Megève, the best climbers will be pushing themselves on the tough Côte de Domancy into the Côte des Chozeaux.

We recommend finding a place on the side of the Route de Saint-Gervais, here the climb really begins and the riders will be looking for encouragement! Get there in 20 minutes by car or 2 hours on your bike from Chamonix OR simply jump on the free train to St.Gervais Le Fayet and follow the noise! The action starts around 9am with riders every 2 minutes. 

Friday 22nd

Stage 19 is Albertville to Saint-Gervais and covers 146 km including passing by the stunning Lake Annecy. Follow yesterday’s plan and watch the starting line near the train station, or pack your pique-nique and head just over an hour for the thrilling lakeside action in Annecy (remember the Autoroute tolls will set you back about 19 euros). Alternatively you can take a paid 2.5 hr train ride or 3 hr bus. 

You could even book in advance and test the best of the local cuisine at our favourite Annecy restaurant: Le Chalet

Saturday July 23rd

Stage 20, the final before the final! Before the final showdown on the Champs-Élysées in Paris the climbing-fest comes to a conclusion; Megeve – Morzine with a grueling 146km. As the finish line approaches, the riders have to show their skills and keep a good position on this decisive stage.

Watch it all begin at 12:55 just an hour away from Chamonix in lovely Megève. 

Alternatively set up spectatorship at Scionzier, the essential place of passage between Chamonix and Genève. You’ve probably never given this small village a second glance, but here you’ll find the half way point of this critical stage and many proud locals to ring your cow bells with!

Then it’s finally rest day and you can watch the last Paris stage broadcast on TV in your own private chalet.

Book now: Chalet Les Tissourds

 

Booking Security

Rest assured your booking is safe with Collineige.  We have an ATOL licence and IPP for non-flight package reservations.  We have a secure website and take credit card payments which also offer consumer protection.

The Vallée Blanche by Moonlight!

We ski the Vallee Blanche by moonlight! When the conditions are right (normally in February and March) this is an incredible adventure. Contact us if you would like to take part in this once in a lifetime experience.

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The Times, November 1996

'Collineige has the loveliest chalets in the Chamonix valley and the best connections with Chamonix guides...’

The Guardian, February 2012

'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 Telegraph, December 2004

'The best supplier of chalet accommodation in the valley is Colleen, a South African married to a mountain guide, contactable through Collineige...'

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