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"Personally I wouldn't say Chamonix is good for families. "

Based on last year's experience, I would disagree... now, I define Chamonix as the valley so I think it offers lots of options depending on your family. Staying in town might take more effort (unless you have a car) but you have access to restaurants, shops, the nearby snow park with sledding, train up to the Mer de Glace... lots of stuff to do.

Now digging into Aletsch which seems quieter but very cool.
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ItaloSkier wrote:
"Personally I wouldn't say Chamonix is good for families. "

Based on last year's experience, I would disagree... now, I define Chamonix as the valley so I think it offers lots of options depending on your family. Staying in town might take more effort (unless you have a car) but you have access to restaurants, shops, the nearby snow park with sledding, train up to the Mer de Glace... lots of stuff to do.

Indeed, it depends. Clearly your family needs are very different to mine. Not saying that is an issue or either view is right. Just different.
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Fair enough. Last year, we stayed in Argentiere... I would have to drop the family off at the Charamillon lift for their lessons and I would head back to Grands Montets to ski with my guide. It was a bit of a chore but doable. What was nice though is that we could make decisions based on weather. On one bluebird day, we went to Courmayeur and they played in the snow while I "played in the snow". Nice to be able to hop from Chamonix.
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@ItaloSkier, whilst the ESF doesn’t (for some odd reason) publicise this, they often provide transport for their lessons. I had friends stay in in le praz, and ESF used to collect their kids each morning at 8.30, drive them up to le tour, and return at the end of the day.

They do this for grown ups as well. A beginner friend staying with us last year moved between le tour, Argentiere and Flegere, with an ESF minibus transporting her each day.

It’s by no means a direct substitute for ski in ski out, but can smooth the process a lot.
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Evolution 2 lessons are at GM and meet at the base, the more advance groups sometimes go off somewhere else but the beginner groups stay at GM. The loss of the bins won't impact on that much. Ref Chamonix not being a family resort it does depend on the family. My kids love the Luge and the leisure centre and we alternate between Montevers and AdM for an afternoon if they ever want time off or if the weather is bad. They've even been around the Alpine Museum so apart from the skiing the MBU Pass is worth it for us. We'll still be going once in 2019.
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@RobH2017, you see quite a few Evo2 around La Tour.

Anyhoo, I have a suspicion that Evo2 and ESF will be modifying their programmes to make better use of the new beginner and intermediate slopes around Plan Joran this year (as in, why would you not?)
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@RobH2017, you see quite a few Evo2 around La Tour.

Anyhoo, I have a suspicion that Evo2 and ESF will be modifying their programmes to make better use of the new beginner and intermediate slopes around Plan Joran this year (as in, why would you not?)

Yes, I think they do their adult group lessons at La Tour although as you said with the new beginner areas that might change. We always have a couple of private lessons in the week each to improve technique and they're at GM historically (over lunch).
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@RobH2017, TBH I have no real idea where they do group lessons (I suppose I should in case a client asks).

I was rather surprised a few years ago when some friends who were out and more or less rank beginners were offered GMs for their private lessons.

Cue a swift conversation and agreement from the prof after the lesson that that would have been a Very Bad Idea.
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We always do private lesssons since they are MUCH cheaper in Europe than in the U.S. I can confirm that the ESF can help, at times, with transportation as one time my instructor/guide helped me take my family to La Tour and then we headed back to GM to go ski off piste at the top. ESF Argentiere was great - probably helps going during quieter times.
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Cham and Arg suck for families in Winter.

Valley is way too spreadout.
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@Whitegold, you have never actually been here, have you?

(Rhetorical question, I already know the answer).

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