I spent last week in the company of 26 amazing travellers (plus a bunch of really awesome staff) in a Chalet in Chamonix, France, under the shadow of the great peaks of the Mont Blanc range. I had never met any of the people before, and the same was true of most of them. We were all there as independent skiers or snowboarders to meet and ride with new people. It’s a great alternative to the traditional Chalet holiday where you may well be staying with lots of people who have no desire to know you whereas at Coldfusion everyone is in the same boat, so you are sure to find people to hang out with until 3 AM in the hot tub, and more to ride the vallee blanch with you the following morning.
There are actually two Coldfusion Chalets in Chamonix (and a third in Mornize), but they are located next door each other, just about close enough to make a mad dash in a bikini and not much else through the snow back to your own
bed shower. Seriously though, the Coldfusion experience is not a single’s holiday. Whilst it’s true that most the participants (guests doesn’t seem quite right, it’s much more big-brother-esque, but without the cameras, diary room or Davina McCall) are single it’s aimed at the “Independent Traveller”, with some guests have partners who simply don’t like the cold. It doesn’t really matter which chalet you are in, I was in the smaller, 9 person one. But spent much of my time in the 18 person one. The only time you really have separate is for meals (though I did take the odd cheeky breakfast across the way).
Everyone’s personal experience will, of course, be different. Mine was truly epic. Some of the people I met will be friends for life, others I hope to ski / drink with again, other’s still I didn’t really have a chance to meet. I really was in the hot tub until 3 AM one day, followed by a mad dash back to to my chalet (I was in the other’s). Another night I was found brining a hotel doorman to book a minibus for 6 of us to make our way back after a night of clubbing in Le Garage. I really did ski the vallee blanche with harness and transceiver, and despite the fact I cried almost every day (for a multitude of reasons, including being stuck in some deep powder, watching “Music and Lyrics”, and knowing that the week had to end), I had one of the most amazing holidays of my life. Thank you Coldfusion.