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      15.04.2010 16:15
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      Great for the better skiers.

      I have just returned from a trip to Argentiere in France where I stayed for a week snowboarding. I travelled with a company called action outdoors (who I wouldn't recommend) but stayed with the French company UCPA who I would recommend to anyone who wants a cheap but fun holiday! Argentiere itself is located in the French Alps, Argentiere is one of the resorts which makes up the famous resort of Chamonix. All the resorts such as Flegere, Le Tour and Chamonix are linked by train or bus which are all very regular although the bus does get VERY busy at peak times and it's a case of push and shove. At UCPA we were given a card for free to let us use the buses and the trains, otherwise I think it's 2Euros. Argentiere doesn't have a whole load of stuff to do but it's nice enough especially when Chamonix is so close, Argentiere is a lot cheaper though. There are several bars in the area and a few restaurants as well as 2 patisseries, a pharmacy and a meat shop. The most handy thing was the supermarket though, 19cents for bottled water which saved loads by taking that up into the mountains. The bar I would recommend was called The Savoy, it was a very friendly place and not overly expensive, shots were 2euros each and coke was about the same. For English sports and football The Office is the best choice, but the drinks here are far more expensive. If you head into Chamonix for a night out then Chambre Neuf is well worth a look, it's right opposite the train station, drinks were extortionate but the cost was balanced out by the amazing band that were playing. The food is quite expensive here but there are a couple of little gems, take a look at the pizza places through the tunnel walkway, we found these to be the best. You're talking 8 Euros for a pizza. I would assume most people go to Argentiere for the skiing, this resort is best suited to intermediate to advanced skiiers. The best resort for beginners is Le Tour which is a 10 minute bus journey down the road. If you have the expensive ski pass, you can go into Chamonix and up L'aguille de midi for free (usually 41 Euros) which is worthwile, this is the highest point in Europe. You can get another lift across to Italy from this point as well, but I didn't do this. If you are looking to travel out to Chamonix a fair bit there is a lot more to do, there's an ice rink, cinema, swimming pool and a lot more shops although things are a lot more expensive there. If anyone has any questions about UCPA or Argentiere, leave a comment and i'll try and answer!

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