When we decided to build BlackRock Ski Lodge we realised that as well as providing a luxurious location for skiing holidays it would be the perfect base for Chamonix triathlon training camps. We are passionate triathletes and want to share the best swim, bike, run locations that the Valley has to offer. Just staying at the Lodge, which sits at 1000m above sea level, we know, helps to kick-start improvements in stamina.
• book the lodge on an exclusive basis – we sleep up to 14 adults comfortably in shared rooms.
• decide which support services you’d like us to provide – check out our Support Crew page for all the details.
• let us create a bespoke Chamonix triathlon training package for you.
It all started on a Tuesday morning of November 2016 at the Bay Club, San Francisco. Like every Tuesday a bunch of us triathletes were riding indoor while watching videos of the Tour de France. Then one person said: “How about we go ride there for real someday?”Then the coach responded: “Anne is French; she will help us do that”. I did not say anything but I was thinking: “What? But hell yes! I’ll bring you there”.Actually I was super excited at the challenge and got to work on it almost immediately. But this would not be just about riding. It would be a triathlon trip where we would: swim, bike and run. In the Alps or the Pyrenees for the beauty and the challenge.I searched the Internet for triathlon articles, reviews, testimonials about training camps in the Alps or the Pyrenees. I quickly shortlisted 3 places. BlackRock Ski Lodge was one of them. I talked to the 3 places. It did not take me long to decide that BlackRock Ski Lodge was the place.Firstly, Lizzy knew it all. Having been a triathlete herself I felt she understood what I was after: lodging and nutritious meals. Secondly, the chalet seemed perfect: atop Les Houches in the foothills of the Massif du Mont-Blanc, just off running trails, 10 minutes west of Chamonix, 20 km east and up from Lac de Passy. And finally, we could have a chef, which meant no grocery shopping or cooking for the entire week!Of course, the camp was not just about lodging and meals but for everything else we wanted, from photographer to bike ride support to running routes to shuttles, Lizzy knew someone who could help and had experience.After several months of excitement with the preparation, the trip took place this past July. 2017. Twenty-six of us travelled from San Francisco to BlackRock Ski Lodge to swim, bike (lots of biking) or run every day for a weekAnd yes! We rode famous Tour de France routes: Col du Bettex, Col de Joux-Plane, Col de la Colombière and Barrage d’Emosson. We swam looking up the Mont-Blanc from Chamonix Olympic pool. We ran, still looking up the Mont-Blanc, on the steep trails of the UTMB. We ate awesome food while enjoying the beautiful and peaceful chalet.It felt like a dream. Everyone is already talking about coming back at BlackRock Ski Lodge for more triathlon training. I can assure you: BlackRock Ski Lodge is not just about Ski. It is about Triathlon too.
If you are planning on taking part in one of this summer’s great Chamonix triathlon races, then BlackRock is a great place to stay whilst you recce the routes or to have as your race base come the big day. Check out our availability and book your stay now.
Not unsurprisingly the backdrop for the Mont Blanc Triathlon in August 2021 is as picturesque as it sounds.One of our favourite triathlons, this August event has grown in recent years to offer a fantastic mix of distances so there really is something to suit everyone from novice triathlete to endurance professionals. There are also races for children aged 8-11 or 12-15, opening up the possibility of family triathlon holiday and the chance to introduce the next generation of athletes to this amazing sport. Or if you want to create the perfect family activity holiday we can help with that too.