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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apres-ski & entertainment Chamonix
|Restaurants 130||Theatre -|
|Bars & cafes 25||Casino|
|Nightclubs & discos 4||Concert hall|
Ski school and ski lessons Chamonix
|No. of ski schools 5||Private ski lessons € 360|
|No. of ski instructors 260||Ski lessons6 Days, 24 Hours, € 205|
|Area for beginners||Snowboarding lessons6 Days, 24 Hours, € 205|
|Ski lessons in -||Cross-country skiing6 Days, 12 Hours, € 130|
Book ski schools in Chamonix online
|Skiing-Adults||6 Offers available|
|Skiing-Kids||5 Offers available|
|Snowboarding||6 Offers available|
|Freeride||2 Offers available|
|Cross-Country||1 Offers available|
|Ski-Touring||1 Offers available|
|Ski-School-Kids||1 Offers available|
|No. of hotels 47||Supermarkets 6|
|Total no. of hotel beds -||Banks|
|Total no. of beds -|
Tourist information for Chamonix
Office de Tourisme de Chamonix Mont-Blanc
0033 - 0450 - 530024
Distances from Chamonix
Chamonix Mont-Blanc - by bus
Genève approx. 88 km by bus
|From the motorway:approx. 20 km 10 minuten by car|
Chamonix for families and children
|Childcare -||Magic carpet|
|Playground||Ski lift for children|
Leisure & sports activities Chamonix
|Public sauna||Footpaths 17 km|
|Fitness centre||Torchlight descentfakkeltochten met kerst en in de februarivakantie|
|Public solarium||Indoor ice rink|
|Massage||Outdoor ice rink|
|Spa & wellness||Curling -|
|Indoor swimming pool||Snow rafting -|
|Hot air ballooning -||Dog sledding|
|Paragliding||Snowmobile tours -|
|Indoor tennis court||Toboggan run|
Chamonix is a skiing destination for the bucket list if ever there was one. This renowned ski resort was the host village for the first-ever Winter Olympics in 1924. Today, Chamonix is a lively ski resort with not only fantastic ski slopes but also great shops, restaurants and plenty of alternate activities if you need a break from skiing. The winter sport possibilities in and around Chamonix are endless - in fact, Chamonix has a multitude of ski areas to its name! In this article we give a quic... More ›
The history of winter sports at Chamonix goes way back. This Savoyard ski town lies at the foot of the legendary Mont Blanc, which at 4810m is the highest mountain in the Alps and is credited as being the birthplace of modern mountaineering. The ski area offers slopes for every level of skier, while the bustling town centre is alive with shops, restaurants and bars. Chamonix is a must for the bucket list, drawing thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year who come from all over the world. H... More ›
|Green slopes||7 km|
|Blue slopes||42 km|
|Red slopes||55 km|
|Black slopes||41 km|
|20 Mar||4 tobogganing tracks in the Skicircus|
|15 Mar||Skiing and the environment: The impact of a ski holiday|
|14 Mar||Skiing technique: How to control your speed|