First snow in Chamonix

Some people say its a good thing when the snow comes early, I can’t comment on that. What i do know is that this year the first snow has come early in Chamonix and all over the Alps.

Les Houches ski area 4/10/2020

Its been raining/snowing now in Chamonix for well over a week and the forecast says more is on the way. Its going to be a strange ski season 2020/21 with Covid restrictions and the possibility of being shut down if things get out of hand.

What-ever happens, Deluxe transfers will be available for all types of transport in resort using our registered “Taxi” licence or our airport transfer service between Geneva airport and Chamonix.

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Summer in Chamonix 2020

The 2020 summer Season in Chamonix is going to be very different to normal. Firstly, All the major sporting events are cancelled. No Marathon du Mont-Blanc, No climbing championships and no UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc) to name just a few. Although this might be very annoying for the thousands of people who were planning to come and run one of the events (myself included), it could prove to be catastrophic for some of the local businesses who rely heavily on these busy periods to get through the summer.

Travel restrictions and travel concernes are also going to effect the tourist industry in Chamonix either through an inability to travel or a reluctance for people to travel. At the time of writing the UK have just introduced a 14 day quarantine to all travelers arriving in the UK, France have returned the move, so…until we hear more there will be very little travel between these two counties.

How can any of this be good news, well, for those people that manage to jump through all the hoops and actually make it here to Chamonix it’s largely business as usual. Bars and restaurants are open or opening with little or no restrictions. Hotels are opening and offering great deals to try and fill up their empty rooms. The Chamonix ”Golf” is open, Montenvers mountain railway, L’Aguille du Midi télécabine and most importantly the mountains haven’t gone anywhere. In fact the mountains are empty, very few visitors mean only locals are able to appreciate the valley trails.

The local bus services are starting their regular services over the next few weeks and of course our taxi service is available for anyone needing to get around so in many ways there has never been a better time to visit Chamonix or indeed anywhere in the Alps, provided you can get here!

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Geneva to Chamonix Transfers Covid Situation

Since the beginning of the Covid crisis its been difficult to know if we are allowed (or even able) to travel over the Swiss boarder and into France transiting through Geneva airport.

Geneva airport arrivals

Firstly, are there even any flights?…….. At the time of writing there are exactly 6 flights per day into Geneva airport, so your chances of even finding a flight that suits your needs is slim. however, Easyjet have announced that from 15 June they are starting to fly into and out of Geneva airport with the intention of increasing flight numbers over the following weeks into July.

Am i permitted to travel over the Swiss boarder into France? Well…..the Swiss boarder isn’t closed just heavily controlled. People travelling into Switzerland are allowed if they have a valid ticket. The same goes for people travelling into France, and remember there is also a French side to Geneva airport if ever the Swiss authorities decided somebody wasn’t allowed into Switzerland.

Is my Transfer/Taxi company allowed over the boarder. Sounds like a silly question but depending on the type of license your chosen transport company has they might actually have problems travelling over the boarder. Simply put Taxi companies with a Taxi license and VTC companies have new regulations to clarify how they are to operate. They are allowed to travel over the boarder and should be equipped according to a strict set of COVIS-19 regulations. The old “transport de Voyageurs” internal license is being phased out in France and as such may encounter difficulties travelling over the boarder, as such companies using this type of license should be avoided.

For further information regarding Covid-19 travel regulations or anything else please feel free to contact us at Deluxe Transfers. We havent stopped operating over this difficult period and as the summer season starts to get going we will be here to help for the foreseeable future.

james Coates

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Covid 19

With everything shut down across Europe and the World we wanted to to let people know that we also on a type of forced shut down. We are physically based in Chamonix and will be available as soon as things open up again.

Our partner company “Taxi Alpin” are holders of a French issued Taxi License for the commune of Chamonix. As a result we are required to remain open through the Covid 19 shut down to provide, Transport Publique. As a result depending what your requirements are we may be able to help through this difficult period.

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TGV Bellegarde a Chamonix

Vous pourriez penser que la meilleure façon de se rendre à Chamonix est en avion…

Si vous arrivez de l’étranger, cela pourrait être correct.

Cependant, si vous venez de Paris, le moyen le plus rapide et le plus simple est d’arriver en TGV a Bellegarde-sur-Valserine.

Pas de stress, pas d’embouteillage et moins de temps dans la voiture.

temps en voiture … 1he20 même aux heures de pointe

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Luxury Mercedes Transport to Chamonix

At Deluxe Transfers we offer a variety of luxury transport from VW Caravelle to Mercedes V Class and S Class. We service Geneva airport, Lyon airport, Chambery airport and travel to all destinations.

We have been in operation for over 15 years during which time we have gained a large amount of experience. Our experience in Luxury Geneva airport transfers and in-Valley Chamonix luxury transport makes us the only choice for your transport needs.

Our vehicles are never older than 3 or 4 years but normally are less than 2 years old.

Chamonix Mercedes Class V
Mercedes Class V in Chamonix
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Luxury Transfers From Geneva.

Our Luxury and VIP transfers for winter 2019/20 are now fully up and running. We provide standard transfers too.

Mercedes V Class Chamonix

Our VIP options over winter are Mercedes Class V and Mercedes S Class.

Luxury options include VW Caravelle and Mercedes Vito 4×4.

In resort TAXI is in Either Skoda Octavia 4×4 or VW Caravelle.

All Destinations in the Alps are available including Chamonix, Megeve, Morzine, Avoriaz, Courchevel, Meribel, Val D’Isere and anywhere else you can drive too!

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CHAMONIX SKIING NOW OPEN 27/11/19

As of the 21 October 2019 Chamonix Valley is open for skiing! The snow conditions can only be described as early season but at least its open.

This is quite a bit earlier than Chamonix has been able to open over the last few years. At the time of writing it is snowing above 1200m which means rain in town but snow on the mountain, so, the conditions will be getting better and better.

The other “Condition” at the moment is that only Grand Montets ski area will be open until the beginning of December AND only at weekends.

Deluxe Transfers and our sister company “Taxi Alpin” are available all season to get people from town to the piste if waiting for the bus doesn’t sound like something you fancy doing.

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V Class photo shoot

With the recent snow falls across the Alps we decided it was time to have a little photo shoot to best show off our fleet.  The results were great with the blue sky and fresh snow creating quite the contrast.

Mercedes V Class in Chamonix

We also took a few outside one our Chalet Partners wonderfully picturesque chalet.

rcedes V Class parked outside a luxury chalet in Chamonix

If you require luxury transport in the Alps dont hesitate to contact us for further information.

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Day trip from Chamonix to Zermatt

One of our most popular destinations for a day trip from Chamonix is the wonderful car free town Zermatt In Switzerland.  The drive takes a little over 2 hours.

We recently went there with a lovely family from India who spent the entire day looking around before we drove them back in the evening.  At this time of year the colours are fantastic and there is normally a bit of snow on the higher summits, if not in the town itself.

Wonderful colours in Zermatt

While the clients were checking out what was on offer up in Zermatt, I went for a little hike up to the Longest suspension bridge IN THE WORLD.  This recently built bridge is a few hours hike above Tasch and is well worth the visit.

Known as the “Charles Kuonen” Hangebrucke (Hanging Bridge?) it is very well sign posted, but some people might find the sign posts a little “strange”.

Although the route up is well sign posted this doesn’t mean its an easy walk, in fact its actually quite steep.  According to my watch there were about 700m of vertical.  The bridge itself is located at an altitude of 2080m

Freaky sign post

The bridge itself is long, at 494m and takes a good few minutes to walk across.  I couldn’t help wonder why they didn’t add 6 more meters just to make it a nice half kilometre!

Does it move? yes, even the action of walking on it makes it move about slightly, i didn’t try jumping up and down.  Although its long its not very high off the ground only about 85m at the highest point.

View from one side looking across towards the North side

In the evening I collected the clients from the train station because Zermatt is accessed only by train (its car free).  We were back in time for the clients to have a late meal in one of their favourite restaurants in Chamonix.

At Deluxe-Transfers we have a selection of luxury vehicles for all sorts of occasions.  We have the flexibility to provide any type of transport required.  Contact us for more information.

Outside the Tasch train station

 

 

 

 

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