As the title implies, this is the second time that my husband and I have stayed at Chalet Annabelle. We fist visited as a couple in 2009 (mixed chalet) and have just been back with the family for the Christmas week (full chalet). Both times have been wonderful experiences.
Jude and Mike are great hosts and handled every query with care and expertise. Their local knowledge is great and they were able to give us advice and information prior to arrival and during the trip itself.
Jude's cooking is wonderful. I didn't think it could be better than the first time but somehow it was. Afternoon teas and a firm skiing favourite, the breakfasts are plentiful and dinner is always out of this world.
Having Mike drop off and pick up from the Ski resorts is a real plus, although the free Chamonix bus service is pretty good and we took advantage of that too.
The chalet itself if beautifully decorated and furnished and the luxury extras such as the hot-tub, bathrobes and slippers are perfect for after a long day on the slopes.
Our family group is very mixed in terms of skiing ability and general fitness levels. Chalet Annabelle worked really well for us as a base as the beginners took lessons as Les Houches, the intermediates were able to ski at all the resorts including a day in Italy at Courmayeur and the experienced skier in the group was able to do a days guided 'off piste' and avalanche training - arranged by Mike. My father, who has mobility issues, was able to spend time relaxing at the chalet, going for gentle walks and doing the various tourist attractions in Chamonix including the Glacier Mountain Railway. Mike even arranged for him to do 2 hours of handiski with EFS which was the highlight of his trip - going down the world cup run at Les Houches.
All in all, a great place for anyone to have a relaxing ski holiday.
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