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The chalet is superbly located near the end of the road leading up from the Evolene valley to Arolla. Be aware that in the winter you really should have snow tyres and chains (although the latter is are a just in case as the road is well maintained and kept clear).
La Monta is a small collection of just a handful of chalets, but only 5 minutes drive or a 20 minute walk/snowshoe through the woods to Arolla, where there is a small handy supermarket, a friendly sports equipment shop and a couple of hotels.
The chalet is well designed, warm and cosy with lovely touches - in Winter a traditional stone heat source as well as the radiators and a roaring wood burner will keep you warm and cosy.
The main living/dining room upstairs has fabulous views of the mountains, including the Pigne d’Arolla and daily visits from some friendly squirrels on the balcony. The two bedrooms downstairs are a good size and the main one leads to a sunny terrace.
If you enjoy snowshoeing there are many trails on your doorstep or a brief car ride away. If you like cross country skiing, you can put your skis on by the chalet and join well marked pistes which are groomed daily in season. And a short drive gets you to the downhill pistes at Arolla, which comprise chair and drag lifts and didn’t seem too busy during our stay.
We’ve been to the area in summer and keen hikers will enjoy a range of day walks - there’s a couple of refuges in the area open in season if you fancy a night in the mountains.
Chalet Bams is a delight. We’d recommend it highly and will certainly return.