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Ski touring from the Dix Refuge

Cabane des Dix Ski Touring

Six of us drove to Arolla in Switzerland having booked a couple of nights at the Dix Hut.  Unfortunately the ...
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Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Sunshine has featured quite heavily recently. Today was no exception.  Three of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi ...
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Group photo in front of the Dent du Geant

Splitboarder telemarker and alpine ski touring

The forecast was for sun with cloud coming in through the afternoon.  There had been a few spots of rain ...
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Fresh tracking powder

Reasons to ski and snowboard Chamonix for Easter

Why ski Chamonix at Easter? The days are longer and the lifts are open longer too.  Generally the lifts open ...
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Group photo

Col D’Entreves ski tour

We just had to profit from the glorious sunshine. Plus get up high where there is still some snow which ...
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Crevasse

Ski Tour from the Aig du Midi for coffee in Italy

5 of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge and on to the "tourist route" Valle ...
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Coffee stop at Le Brevent

Mad March Gang Week

The time comes each year when the Mad March Gang show up.  There is a lot of skiing and a ...
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Ken

Day 1 for Ken on the VB

Crazy Ken arrived yesterday with a completely new rig, skis, bindings boots and more. We decided to book an Aiguille ...
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Alpage de Balme

Sunshine celebrations

The last week of so has been fantastic sunshine.  Not always scorchers but we have had a couple of days ...
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Knives

Saturday Market

Glorious sunshine Saturday so took a stroll through the Market. Every Saturday morning there is an amazing market in Chamonix.  ...
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Breezy

So much snow, so much fun

The recent snowfall in Chamonix has opened up a world of possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. We opted to head ...
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Bochard

A picture is worth a thousand words

February has been busy with family groups in the chalet. All keen skiers they have been out the door early ...
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possy

Croise Baulet ski tour

A great friends Birthday so a small group of us set off ski touring from Combloux up to the Croise ...
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Long shadows

Les Contamines Ski Touring

On our day off from serving food at the chalet we set off to meet some friends for a gentle ...
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Powder skiing

Col de Passon best ski of the season

Yesterday we had a bin booked for the top of Les Grands Montets so headed up with a crevasse kit ...
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Sarah

Pow Pow and Pow

The last week or so has given us some unstable conditions. By that I mean that we have had weather ...
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Visit from Lonely Mountain Skis

Last week in the chalet we had a really interesting and enthusiastic chap, Jamie, who came out with his Dad ...
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Chris heads for the trees

Courmayeur v Chamonix

I still struggle to get my head around the fact that a mere 16km away the general population speak a ...
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Into the shade

Col de Berard and into Buet

What an adventure! Three of us set off for the Crochues-Berard traverse into Buet. The Foehn wind was blowing and ...
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Rustic barn

Seeking out the soft snow

It has been a while since our last dump of the white fluffy stuff but there are still odd spots ...
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Col des Chasseurs

Col des Chasseurs ski tour Les Contamines

Day off at the chalet so teamed up with David and Asa who run a chalet at the top of ...
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Breezy

The snow has arrived

At last we have a significant dump of snow and the valley is opening up. This week we have cleared ...
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A short hike

Snow pizza prosecco

Having just cleared the drive of the chalet and sat down with a coffee here are a few pictures from ...
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Dramatic cloudscapes

Little by little the snow is being laid down

This morning was the second time the driveway needed clearing. The cloud in the valley gave way to clear skies ...
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Alpage Restaurant vista

Ski Tour to the Alpage Restaurant Domain de Balme

We decided we would try to avoid the hoards at GM and headed to Le Tour with Carolyn, who usually ...
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Brigitte & Lisa

Festive round up

The whole Christmas and New Year thing has been a little mad this year with people arriving and leaving all ...
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Cosmique Arrete

Cosmique Arrete off the Aiguille du Midi

Day off and a good forecast so we had an adventure planned! Climbing the Cosmiques Arrete from the Aiguille du ...
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le brevent

Le Brevent Opens

Decided to check out some skiing in the sun. Although only the top was open we saw only 3 other ...
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Start of the day Courmayeur

Fabulous ski course with Alison Culshaw

That's the end of the course with Alison and all her clients thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. The course ...
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Alisons Group

Learning to ski again

The weather is cold and the snow that we have is in good condition. Day one of a ski course ...
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Great pistes

Our first ski day of the winter season

The first day that we put skis on is always a little scary. Can you actually remember how to do ...
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Chamonix

Winter Lift Pass Specials

This winter the Compagnie du Mont Blanc are once again offering a "1st Snow" discounted rate for lift passes which ...
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Snow has arrived in Chamonix

First snow has hit the town. Yesterday there was over 20cm at the top of the Prairion ski lift in ...
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New puddings

Testing out new puddings

A summer of testing new recipes, both on ourselves and visitors in the Pyrenees.  Having loads of fun with new ...
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Off Piste Chamonix

Breezy is booked on a ski course

For anyone who has skied with Breezy you may wonder why she has booked on an off-piste skiing course. There ...
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Panorama from the Daubenhorn

Lamerenhutte Ski Touring in Switzerland

We managed to take advantage of the weather and get in a trip to Switzerland for some ski touring. It ...
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Boarder Cross at Grands Montets

Easter with snow, sun, cloud and wind

This week in the chalet we have had a family of 5 and 4 people on one of Alison Culshaw's ...
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Roast Chicken & Prosecco

March and spring skiing has just arrived

Just had an amazing ski week with repeat clients who have been coming out year on year since the doors ...
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Hillary at Le Tour

Powder snow and sunshine Chamonix

The chalet has been busy with guests the last couple of weeks who have enjoyed very varied weather and plenty ...
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Cath

Chalet de Loriaz ski tour

We managed to wrangle our day off to coincide with a friend's Birthday celebration with a stay at Chalet de ...
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Lilly

Mixed weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix

February has been lots of weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix. Thankfully the rain snow limit has been ...
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Crochue Berard ski tour

Great Day on the Crochue Berard ski tour

There must have been a couple of hundred folk skinning up the Col de Crochue. Some with guides and some ...
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Fresh tracking powder

Two days tracking fresh powder at Le Tour

A week of unstable weather finally rewarded us with fresh powder days at Domaine de Balme. The sun came out ...
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Touring up

Ski Touring Les Contamines

The sun shone so we headed out of the valley with ski touring kit. Les Contamines was the destination as ...
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Pizza

Italy – never take a picnic!

What can we say, pizza in Italy is not to be missed. Especially when you can sit in the sun ...
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Dave on telemarks

Champery skiing with great friends

Managed to get over to Champery on our day off from the chalet to ski with Derbyshire friends Dave and ...
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Powder hunting

Cold keeps the snow light & fluffy

The weather has turned super cold which is keeping the snow in good condition. We spent a few hours up ...
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Pow Pow

Powder everywhere

The recent snowfall in Chamonix has been relentless. Having said that today we got a glimps of the sun. Unfortunately ...
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unlimited festival

Forthcoming Events in Chamonix

Want to know what is happening in town and up the moutain when you are out in Chamonix. Or maybe ...
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Waist deep

Powder Day in St Gervais

With the recent heavy snowfall in Chamonix it is taking a little while for the lift company to get the ...
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Julia enjoying snow

Christmas and New Year plus lots of snow

The Festive Season is over and the snow has arrived big time. Fabulous guests and great fun was had over ...
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Aig du Midi

Aiguille du Midi on a perfect day

American clients in the chalet skied at Les Grands Montets and then got the last telecabine up the Aiguille du ...
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chalet extension

The extension on the chalet

We have finally got the chalet ready for the winter ski season (in between playing up the mountain). The new ...
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Les Houches

Getting fit for opening of all the lifts

Grands Montets and Les Houches opened last weekend but are shut during the week, so we have made the most ...
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Its snowing

Early Opening of Skiing in Chamonix

The Compagnie du Mont Blanc have just announced early opening of the Chamonix Ski slopes. This weekend, for a couple of ...
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Snow blow

Abundant snowfall this weekend

Received a mail from Mike Sweeney this morning who let us know about the forecast for the weekend. Snow in Chamonix ...
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Easybus

Easybus Sale now on

3000 seats on sale at 2€ each way between Geneva and Chamonix in February and March. That's 4€ return. You ...
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Alt 2000 Le Brevent

El Niño and Bumper Snow?

Could be in for a good snow year. "Weather experts say that the Earth could be experiencing the strongest El ...
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Barn project

Summer Update Chamonix

Just back from a fabulous weekend in Chamonix for David and Asa's wedding. Sitting above Montenvers looking down on the ...
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Fruits for Jam

Home made Jams this winter

This summer we have been growing fruit for a range of home made jams for the chalet this winter. So ...
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Prosecco

Ski Touring from Rifugio Benevelo Italy

End of season ski tour with great friend Sauze and hubby Alun Barrett. Glorious sunshine for the walk in the ...
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At the top of the Col

Col de Serena Ski Touring Italy

Day off this week took us into Italy for an adventure. We teamed up with friends from Les Houches to ...
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Ceracs on the Vallee Blanche

March skiing and Eating in Chamonix & Courmayeur

Roundup of the last couple of weeks The chalet has been busy and so reports have been lacking but spring ...
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Grippy pistes at Grands Montets

March and spring skiing plus touring

Roundup of the last few days. Chamonix has been lucky with snowfall over the last couple of weeks and blessed ...
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Le Tour

Day off in powder at Le Tour

Fresh tracking all day long. The sun shone and the mountains were covered in powder snow. What better way to ...
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Fresh tracking

More fresh snow arrives in Chamonix

Powder everywhere. Having had over a week of great weather over the Half Term break, the snow has once again ...
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Carving up the off piste

Chalky snow off-piste at Grands Montets

Off piste better than the pistes at the moment. The pistes at Grands Montets were fairly bullet proof today and ...
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Massif du Mont Blanc

Ski Tour up the Croise Baulet in Megeve

Day off Wednesday, so we headed out of teh valley with ski touring kit to head up the Petit Croise ...
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Pizza and prosecco

Courmayeur pistes pizza and prosecco

Tuesday took us through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur to meet friends. The pistes were in fantastic condition, the ...
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Ben in Courmayeur

Findin’ fresh in Cham and Courmayeur

Still fresh tracks to be had. The last couple of days we have been venturing within the lift systems to ...
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Les Houches

Les Houches for tree skiing and getting the legs going

Great snow conditions at Les Houches. New guests skied at Les Houches to get their legs going so we headed ...
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Powder and sunshine at Le Brevent

Gradually the lifts open up in Chamonix after the dump of snow. Saturday morning and the sky is completely clear.  ...
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Snow & Saftey Warning

Snow and Safety Warning for Chamonix

Heavy snowfalls expected this Thursday. An official communication has been issued to the Chamonix population today regarding the expected snowfall ...
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Grandes Jorasses

Chamonix Mountain Scenes

A cold spell has gripped the Chamonix Valley which is fantastic for keeping the snow. There has been a temperature ...
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Dot steep & deep

Tree skiing is about aiming for the gaps

The more trees there are the more gaps there are. Day off on Thursday this week so we popped through ...
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Tree skiing Courmayeur

Playing in the trees in Courmayeur

Tree skiing in Courmayeur Recent snowfall has made the trees skiable in Courmayeur and freshened up the pistes both in ...
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Carolyn's trail

Powder and Saturday Chicken picnic

Fresh powder skiing at Grands Montets Swung by the market on the way to Grands Montets to pick up a ...
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Powder skiing

Powder day at Les Grands Montets

The sun shone and the wind Blew It was a powder day at Les Grands Montets. The wind had blown ...
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Lucy playing in powder

General roundup of the last 3 days

Two countries and some Powder Sunday took us up to Le Brevent. Got on the lift at the bottom in ...
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Kate

On and off piste at Les Contamines

A Grand Day out A friend's Birthday was a great excuse to get out of the Chamonix Valley and explore ...
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Great day at Domaine de Balme

Recent snow has freshened up the pistes. Headed up the valley to Le Tour to ski the Domaine de Balme ...
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Breezy Ruth & Pete at the Chaumiere Courmayeur

Chamonix New Year

NYE at Brevent/Flegere and New Years Day at Courmayeur Glorious sunshine followed us around on both New Years Eve and ...
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Col Cornu

Good snow for New Year week guests

The snow has arrived in Chamonix The snowfall over the weekend has opened up the skiing and snowboarding in the ...
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Les Vieilles Luges

Christmas at Les Vieilles Luges

The poor snow coverage meant that we had to walk in to the Vieilles Luges at Les Houches for our Christmas ...
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From Grands Montets towards Le Tour

First ski of the season in Chamonix

Grands Montets Opening Day Saturday 20th December and the lifts have finally opened at Grands Montets.  Limited opening due to ...
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Chamonix Ski Pass deals

On-line discounts for multi day Chamonix ski passes

Buy a 6 day ski pass for the price of 5 on-line Winter 2014-15 Chamonix lift ticket deals. Buy online ...
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Ladies Choir Chamonix

Chambelles Christmas Carols in Chamonix

Sunday 14th December at 6pm Chambelles are singing again this Christmas at the Eglise Reformee (Little church near the train ...
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Courmayeur helicopter shot

Courmayeur delayed opening again

New opening date is now 13th December. Once again Courmayeur have delayed opening the lift system due to insufficient snowfall ...
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Ski Touring

Introduction to Ski Touring Course Chamonix January

January 23rd - 25th  a 3 day course in Chamonix to learn ski touring techniques Lead by an IFMGA Mountain ...
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Pizza

Courmayeur opening delayed to 6th Dec

Heavy snowfall followed by mild weather Unfortunately the snow conditions in Italy are not gonna be good enough for the ...
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Easybus

Easybus new route Geneva to Chamonix

Airport Transfers from 2€ each way The service will start up on the 20th December 2014 and you can book ...
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Avalanche

Free Avalanche Awareness lectures this winter in Chamonix

Terrace Bar Monday evenings 7.15pm Once again there will be an Avalanche Awareness lecture in La Terrace Bar on Monday ...
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Big grins all round

Courmayeur Opens 29th Nov 2014 for the ski season

Recent reports suggest that Italy has had more fresh snow that Chamonix so far this winter. Facebook has had pictures ...
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Snowpark at Grands Montets Chamonix

Kickers Hits Lips Rails & Boxes

Freeride facilities in Chamonix Apart from the acres and acres of off-piste hits and lips in the different ski domains ...
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Aig du midi

What has Chamonix got to offer

This is a great little video produced to show off Chamonix. Something for everybody! ...
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Cham sign

Chamonix Ski lift opening Dec 2014

The venerable Compagnie du Mont Blanc has "provisional" opening dates for different lift systems in the Chamonix valley.  Of course, ...
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Argentiere

Grands Montets New uplift from the valley floor

We have already mentioned the new lift at Grands Montets to replace the old Plan Jouran. The new 84 cabin ...
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Yoghurt Cake

Video for the yoghurt pot cake recipe

Finally, we have got round to putting together a video for Breezy's Yoghurt Cake Recipe. Less than 1 minute long ...
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New Lognon lift

New lift at Grands Montets and the train is running

Great news for the 2014-2015 winter ski season in Chamonix. Firstly, the new replacement lift from the bottom of Grands ...
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Bar

Parting shots

The end of another winter season is upon us and we are cleaning the chalet to had back to the ...
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