Chamonix is one of the largest and oldest ski resorts in the French Alps. Its popularity among fans of skiing and cultural entertainment is growing year by year.
The ski season in Chamonix begins in early December and lasts until April. At the heights, the snow cover lies until mid-May. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes everyone will find entertainment to their liking.The valley with beautiful snow stretches for sixteen kilometers. There are over a hundred kilometers of tracks on the territory of 762 hectares, most of which are located in the highlands (from 2,000 m).
The area is divided into 4 zones:
- 55 slopes on slopes of different levels in Les Houches at an altitude of 950 – 1,900 meters surrounded by picturesque nature;
- The altitude difference on the slopes of the Grand Montets is 2 000 meters. It’s the highest place for downhill skiing, as well as freestyle and snowpark areas;
- On the south side of the resort is Flégère-Brévent (2,525m). It is an ideal place for downhill skiing, the Savoy is better suited for beginners. The area is organized springboards for freestyle and airbag;
- Not far from Switzerland is located Balme-Vallorcine (2 525 m). The highlight of the area is the opportunity to go down the route BMWxDrive to get a video of your skiing.
The maximum height of the slopes on Mont Blanc is 4,810 m. Extreme skiers will be delighted with the longest route on a smooth snow-covered road to the White Valley with the length of 23 kilometers. It is a dream of any professional. The descent begins from the Aiguille du Midi and ends in the center of the resort town.
In terms of complexity, the routes are divided into 3 categories:
- 13 trails for beginners;
- 34 routes of medium complexity;
- 32 for professionals.
Those who prefer gentle skiing will enjoy 42 kilometers of flat tracks.
There are several schools in the resort, where experienced instructors can teach children and adults how to ski and run down a mountain.
The vast skiing area is connected by:
- 49 elevators;
- 6 funiculars.
There are free buses to areas that are not connected by funiculars and elevators.
When you arrive at the resort it is better to buy a pass, the cost of which depends on the number of days of stay.
Some ski passes include pleasant bonuses:
- Pool visits;
- The price includes the privilege of visiting all resorts
Lovers of active recreation
Tourists will also be interested in a variety of active sports:
- Sledding and tubing;
- Cable car rides;
- Swimming pool and baths
Walking through the boutiques on the quiet streets of the resort is a delight. You can fill your basket with groceries or visit local artisan shops and buy unique handmade crafts.
Large stores offer sports gear, jewelry, fur and leather goods, and fine spirits.
Where to Stay
Chamonix is a small town of 16 villages and settlements at the foot of the mountains. Most of the accommodation is located in the areas of Les Houches and Argentière. Each commune is a separate resort area:
- Le Tour, Argentière and Les Chosalets are known ski routes;
- Montroc – old natural stone houses are built here;
- Les Gaillands is a favorite destination for rock climbers;
- Les Bossons commune is chosen by extreme ski jumpers.
Chamonix is one of the most popular resorts. You need to take care of a comfortable holiday in advance and book a room according to your preferences:
- Two- to five-star hotels;
- Chalets and apartments;
- Renting cabins from locals;
- Comfortable campsites and igloos;
- Colorful bungalows and budget hostels.
- Bubble in the woods;
- Cottages in a sparsely populated village and on a mountainside.
The French resort of Chamonix is not only a place for skiers but also for contemplation. Tourists can enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery to their heart’s content.
The following places are especially popular with tourists:
- A visit to Eagle’s Nest on the Montblanc Tramway or via the legendary Montenver Railroad;
- Extremes will enjoy a flight over Mont Blanc by helicopter;
- The real daredevils will be delighted by the “Step into the Void” lookout on the Peak du Midi;
- The Alpine Museum, where you can discover the history and life of the Chamonix Valley;
- Museum, whose halls house unusual and precious stones that have been found in the surrounding area.
- Every year in the spring, the resort hosts a music festival.
Restaurants and Pubs
Bars and fast food places are everywhere. It is worth stopping by the pedestrian street with its famous restaurants and cafes serving food from all over the world.
Gourmets will love a visit to the panoramic restaurant Egyuy du Midi, where you can taste French and Italian delicacies and at the same time enjoy the amazing view of the Mont Blanc peak.
Chamonix in summer and autumn
At the end of the winter season, the resort’s vibrant tourist life does not end. In summer, apart from leisurely strolls through the picturesque surroundings can enjoy outdoor activities:
- Extreme climbing;
- Hiking through the mountain ranges of the Alps;
- Mountain biking;
How to get there
From the airport of Malpensa the resort town of Chamonix is located 238 kilometers Faster, convenient and comfortable is better to pre-order a transfer from the company Elite Royal Cars. The trip time is about 2.5-3 hours.