Black Rock Ski Lodge is a purpose built, luxury mountain sports chalet nestled in the foothills of the Mont Blanc Massif, France, and its owners (TriDubai triathletes, Lizzy and 'Beej' Mercer) have teamed up with sports scientist and endurance performance coach Garth Fox to put on a triathlon training camp in the French Alps for TriDubai from 10th - 18th May 2013.

Garth Fox

Black Rock Ski Lodge is proud to host Garth Fox, a renowned sports scientist and endurance performance coach.  Garth has worked with triathletes of all abilities (from novice to British and World Champions) in both triathlon and cycling. He is also a regular contributor of articles on training science and physiology to Runner’s World and Triathlon Plus magazines as well as holding an MSc in Sports Science & Human Performance. Visit his site at

Black Rock Ski Lodge

Black Rock Ski Lodge is a purpose built, luxury mountain sports chalet nestled in the foothills of the Mont Blanc Massif, France.  The chalet is owned and run by Lizzy and 'Beej' Mercer, two keen amateur triathletes who between them have represented GB at Age group level in the Long Distance World Championships in Perth, Australia and Las Vegas, USA.  Black Rock Ski Lodge is proud to welcome multi sport endurance athletes, at all levels, to their mountain sports retreat in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc. The region hosts many international triathlons, most notably the Mont Blanc Triathlon, Thonon Triathlon, Annecy and Geneva triathlons, to name a few. The area also hosts some of the worlds top triathletes who use this spectacular terrain, made so famous by 'Le tour de France', to prepare them for the highest level of international competition.

Black Rock Ski Lodge: Built for triathletes!


Camp participants will enjoy swim training like never before at two spectacular locations. Chamonix town offers a newly renovated 50m open air pool in which, whether you breathe right or left, you are treated to stunning views of Mont Blanc and Brevent whilst improving your stamina training at over 3000 feet. In the valley, less than15 minutes away from the lodge, Lake Passy, host of the Mont Blanc Triathlon, offers athletes a 1 km long alpine lake, sighting on the breathtaking Mont Blanc Massif.

Biking from Black Rock Ski Lodge opens the door to a world of French alpine cycling made so famous by 'Le Tour de France'. Tour climbs such as the Col du Montet, Col des Aravis and Col de la Colombiere can be accessed from the front door of the chalet, whilst other challenging routes a little further a field such as the Col de Joux Plaine near Morzine can be arranged with Land Rover support from our team. Road bike hire can be arranged for delivery to the chalet and maintenance can be carried out at your accommodation with trained mechanics if required.

Running from the chalet provides our athletes with varied and challenging terrain. A route down the river valley along undulating forest tracks will improve strength and endurance whilst speed and interval training can be carried out next to the pool in Chamonix on a brand new 300m sprung running track that is open to the public. For those training for more mountainous races such as Alpe D’Huez you can train on the trails of the spectacular Tour du Mont Blanc, adding an altitude aspect to your training vacation. 

Black Rock Ski Lodge has been designed specifically by triathletes to support the sport they love. You can focus on your training whilst we look after the rest. We can provide nutritious food to support your training needs and after a breathtaking and challenging day you can recover with a sauna, and a Jacuzzi with spectacular views of the valley, relax in front of the fire and rehydrate in the bar or just collapse on our sun soaked terrace to prepare you for another inspiring day in the mountain sports capital of the world.

What's Included:

  • Transfers to/from Geneva Airport
  • All accommodation, full board for 6 nights (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner with wine).
  • 2 nights are not catered to give you time to sample the restaurants in the valley
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided for the 8 days.
  • Support Vehicle and driver on all rides.
  • All coaching – Swim, Bike, Run
  • All transportation and Geneva airport transfers
  • HotTub/Sauna/wifi

See full details of the camp here [click the image to download the pdf]

Cost per person per week

The chalet has 5 bedrooms. 3 rooms can be set up as a double bed or 2 singles. 1 room can sleep up to 4 in either a double or 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. I room can sleep up to 4 with a double bed and 2 bunk beds. We can therefore offer these options with indicative pricing:

Option 1.  Based on a 5 person camp

  • Single Occupancy – 1525 Euros
  • Twin room – 1200 Euros

Option 2.  Based on a 10 person camp

  • Single Occupancy – 1275 Euros
  • Twin room –950 Euros

Option 3.  Based on 14 on the camp

  • Twin room – 880 Euros
  • 4 in a room – 820 Euros

(NOTE: If we have final numbers in between 5, 10 or 14 we will set the price based on a division of fixed costs to make the camp as cost effective as possible.)


To book, or for more information, contact Lizzy and Beej here.