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Chamonix (France)

Based on 8 reviews

Chamonix in short

  • Height: 1035 metres
  • Charming ski resort at the foot of the Mont Blanc
  • Excellent après-ski
  • Great downhill and cross-country skiing

Chamonix was the host resort for the 1924 Winter Olympics, adding to this ski resort's mythical status. Besides skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, you can also try mountain climbing, hiking, ice climbing and even hang gliding under the watchful eye of the Mont Blanc. Chamonix offers ski accommodation in all categories for all budgets and is renowned for its good variety of quality restaurants. From live music to late-night venues, even the most avid après-ski fans won't get bored in Chamonix! For a quieter alternative that still gives access to the skiing around Chamonix, try visiting the villages of Les Houches or Argentière.

It's impossible not to mention the "roof of Europe" when talking about Chamonix! The Mont Blanc is the third most visited natural site in the world and attracts millions of visitors from every nation. You’ll get the best view from the 3842m high Aiguille du Midi, accessible to skiers and non-skiers alike. Mont Blanc played key role in the history of mountaineering and climbing this mythical mountain is a dream shared by many climbers. The Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area offers a more accessible way to experience this legendary site! Also within reach of Chamonix is the legendary glacier, which can be reached by train from Montenvers. For 50 years now, a cave is carved out each year and can be visited - an ephemeral work of art. Accommodation in Chamonix ranges from cheap apartment complexes to beautiful old hotels. As Chamonix is a rather large mountain town, the après-ski and nightlife scene is varied and offers something for everyone. Chamonix is easy to reach via Lyon Airport or by car from Calais.

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Visitors' reviews

based on 8 visitor reviews

Latest review by Lily

“"You HAVE to ski Chamonix!" We were getting tired of hearing this all the time so we decided to check it out for ourselves - and we weren't disappointed. We are both serious skiers and we found ourselves right at home both on and off-piste. Chamon...”

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Cross-country trails at Chamonix

The region surrounding Chamonix and Mont Blanc has around 50km of prepared cross-country trails for nordic skiing enthusiasts. The cross-country trails around the lake of Les Chavants and the neighbouring forest is free to access. The other areas, available in a variety of difficulties from blue to red, charge a nominal fee. These trails wind their way along rivers, valleys and picturesque larch woods, offering a peaceful way to explore the area. Although the trails are not lit at night, it is possible to ski on some of them if you bring your own head torch. A true way to unplug and relax on your ski holiday!

Chamonix keeps up its reputation with its packed events schedule

Chamonix is a lovely village with plenty to do. Wellness in Chamonix takes the form of swimming pools, massage parlours and spas. If you’re keen to go shopping, there is a variety of shops to browse in Chamonix, as well as several museums and art galleries. The ski season offers a busy event calendar, hosting everything from sports competitions to concerts. Chamonix is a regular stop on the Freeride World Tour. The ski resort also hosts a week-long music festival, The Unlimited Festival, near the end of ski season every spring. This is the chance to combine a love of skiing with the raw energy of top electronic DJs playing on spectacular outdoor mountain stages.

Eating out in Chamonix

Foodies will be pleased to know the village of Chamonix boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants: L’Albert 1er (2 stars), Le Bistro (1 star) and Du Bois Prin (1 star). There are also plenty of more laid-back places to grab a quick snack or a drink, such as the Chambre 9. And night owls can check out the Bunker Nightclub, Le Privilège or L’Amnésie. There is something for everyone off the slopes in Chamonix. Don’t forget to order a Reblochonade while you’re in Chamonix. This is a sumptuous traditional Savoyard dish made from Reblochon cheese and potatoes.

Skiing in Chamonix under the watchful eye of Mont Blanc

The ski area at Chamonix has around 150km of slopes, evenly distributed between beginner, intermediate and expert-friendly slopes. But the real draw of Chamonix is the off-piste terrain. Imagine yourself at 3300m, at the top of the Grands Montets cable car of Chamonix - ecstasy! In the heart of the wild mountains, on virgin slopes, a skier's and snowboarder's paradise awaits you. Some of the most famous off-piste routes in the world can be found here, notably in the Vallée Blanche, accessible from the cable car at the Aiguille du Midi and only suitable for expert skiers accompanied by a guide. The Vallée Blanche is a MUST for all off-piste enthusiasts – this kind of spectacular setting can not be found anywhere else than in Chamonix.

Chamonix hasn't forgotten the little ones

Even though Chamonix certainly attracts mountaineering fans and experienced skiers who come to be at one with the Mont Blanc from around the world, this French ski resort hasn't forgotten the little ones and welcomes families and children too. The ESF ski school in Chamonix offers ski lessons for children aged three and up, the "PetitVi " offers kids’ craft and visual art workshops, "Petit Didi Dance" welcomes children under four years old to keep fit while having fun. The cross-country skiing area of Chamonix is quite suitable for family activities to help kids discover the joys of snow with a sleigh ride in the valley as well as up on the slopes.

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Weather in Chamonix


Overcast with steady rainfall

Overcast with steady rainfall
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Frost line

3346 metres


27 mm


Regular sunshine with some clouds

Regular sunshine with some clouds
10 / 21

Frost line

3326 metres


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Après-ski & nightlife in Chamonix
Restaurants 130
Bars & cafés 25
Discos 4
Cinema 1
Concert Hall
Ski schools & ski lessons in Chamonix
Number of Ski Schools 5
Number of Ski Instructors 260
Instruction slope
Ski lessons in Nederlands
Private ski lessons 360
Ski lessons 6 days, 24 hours, € 205,00
Snowboard lessons 6 days, 24 hours, € 205,00
Cross-country skiing 6 days, 12 hours, € 130,00
Book your ski school online in Chamonix
Adult Ski Lessons 5 offers available
Cross Country Skiing 2 offers available
Kids Ski Lessons 6 offers available
Off Piste Skiing 3 offers available
Snowboard Lessons 5 offers available
Ski Touring 1 offers available
Facilities in Chamonix
Number of hotels 47
Number of hotel beds
Number of tourist beds
Supermarkets 6
Tourist information for Chamonix
Name Office de Tourisme de Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Telephone 530024
Distance to Chamonix
Distance from Brussels approx. km
Airport Genève approx. 88 km with bus service
Train station Chamonix Mont-Blanc approx. km with bus service
From the highway approx. 20 km 10-minutes drive
Chamonix for the children
Childcare from 36 months
Number of hours of childcare 5 hours a day
Price without lunch € 91,00
Price with lunch
Children's Carousel
Magic Carpet
Child Lift 1
Adventure Park
Mascot Name Piou-Piou, Garoloup
After skiing in Chamonix
Public sauna
Fitness Centre
Public solarium
Spa & Wellness
Indoor pool
Balloon flight
Indoor tennis
Squash court
Hiking trails
Torchlight Tours
Indoor skating rink
Ice skating rink
Snow rafting
Dog sledge
Toboggan run