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Chamonix   Resort Information
Season Dec to May
Nearest Airport Geneva (60 mins)
Ski Area 155km
Ski Lifts 47
Ski Runs 89
Longest Run 22km
Resort Height 1035m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 4.5 / 5
Families 3.5 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5


Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, is a lively and quite pretty town at the foot of Mont Blanc.  It is France's oldest ski resort and really came to prominence when the first Winter Olympics were held there in 1924. The town is at an altitude of 1035 metres, and the River Arve runs through it as it does through the other hamlets and villages of the commune - Le Tour (1453m), Argentière (1252m), Les Tines and Les Praz (1060m) and Les Bossons (1012m). 

Whilst skiing and snowboarding in the winter is the obvious attraction to Chamonix, there is also plenty to do in the town itself.  Unlike modern resorts Chamonix existed well before skiing, let alone snowboarding, were even dreamt about, so there is a huge wealth of cultural and other activities to entertain visitors to the town, which also makes it a good choice for non skiers too.

There is a multitude of fabulous shops - Chanel, Patagonia and Helly Hansen to name but a few, and Chamonix is a gourmet's paradise boasting many superb restaurants.
Quite apart from this  there is a cinema, a bowling alley, a casino, an ice rink, a modern sports centre with a pool, gym etc and tennis and squash courts.  There is also a museum which  gives a fascinating insight into the history of the valley in both geological and human terms.  As in any self-respecting French town there is a bustling open-air market which offers a plentiful array of local produce, including some particularly wonderful cheeses!

The 'Pas dans le Vide' or 'Step into the Void' is well worth a visit.  It is in effect a glass platform, suspended at 3842m, from which the public can enjoy vertiginous views.  It is included in the Aiguille du Midi lift pass. Chamonix is well placed for visiting other places of interest and not only in France - it is on the borders of Switzerland and Italy.  Courmayeur is only a short drive away through the Mont Blanc tunnel and Geneva, just 60 mins away, is a must for those needing a little retail therapy.

Chamonix, if you did not already know it, is a mountaineering Mecca and world class ski resort.  It sits with Switzerland on one side and, through the Mont Blanc tunnel, Italy on the other. Justly famous for some incredible off-piste, such as the world renowned 17km Vallée Blanche glacier run, the valley also offers wonderfully inspiring slopes for beginners and intermediates.  

From the highest cable car in Europe, L’Aiguille du Midi, the famous Vallée Blanche starts.  This is a magical 22km off-piste run down a glacier. You can also ski in Verbier in Switzerland or at Courmayeur in Italy, both covered on the pass.  Chamonix has over 150 km of pistes and 15,000 acres of off piste skiing, and with a skiing altitude of 1035 – 3842 metres it has an excellent snow record, the season lasting from December to May. 

Alternatively discover the mountains from another perspective, on snow shoes, cross-country or touring skis, a hanglider or by paragliding. You can ice-climb a frozen waterfall or mountain bike along the valley floor in spring.A resort for all reasons and ideal for both skiers and non skiers.


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