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Planning your trip to Vallee Blanche, France

December 13, 2009|By Benoit Lebourgeois

THE BEST WAY TO CHAMONIX

From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Geneva is offered on Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British, United, Continental and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $580.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 33 (country code for France) and the nine-digit phone number.

WHERE TO STAY

Hôtel Richemond, 228 Rue Docteur Paccard, Chamonix; 450-53-08-85, www.richemond.fr, is a stately property minutes from the Aiguille du Midi cable car and other lifts, and near a town shuttle stop; doubles from about $130.

SKIING THE VALLÉE BLANCHE

Reserve a guide through the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix at 450-53-00-88 or www.chamonix-guides.com. Group rates are about $120 per person, with a three-person minimum. The one-way ride on the Aiguille du Midi cable car costs about $56. You can reserve a seat for an additional $3, in person, by phone at 450-53-22-75 or online at www.compagniedumontblanc.fr/pages/book_your_cabin..

TO LEARN MORE

French Government Tourist Office, (514) 288-1904, www.franceguide.com.

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