If you want charming architecture, beautiful mountain views, and unbeatable ski and sport, then Chamonix is the destination you’ve been searching for. Even more than that, Chamonix offers cultural and historical points of interest, fun activities, and excellent restaurants. Chamonix is a year-round mountain resort with ski season from December to May.
- Mount Blanc is one of the most famous mountains in all of Europe. Its peak at 4,810 metres makes it the highest in Western Europe.
- Chamonix offers 157 kilometres of piste and expansive off-piste skiing. Vallée Blanche is a 20 kilometre off-piste route with an impressive 2,700 metre descent.
- There are many beginner areas. Les Planards is a learning ski area with parking, a daycare for children under 3, a snack bar, and restaurant.
- Of Chamonix’s multiple ski areas, Grands Montets is the largest and most popular. This is where intermediates and more advanced skiers can have some fun. There are two black runs, Les Pylônes and Point de Vue, and a 2,000 metre drop from the summit.
History and Culture
- Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France, opening its first inn in 1770. There are also three palaces from the 1900s in Chamonix.
- Chamonix was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
- Visitors can learn about Chamonix’s history at the heritage centre Maison de la Mémoire through interpretive exhibits and preserved photographic archives.
- Montenvers-Mer de Glace – Tour this ice cave and stand inside the heart of the glacier.
- Step Into the Void – Feel the rush of adrenaline as you stand in a glass cage that extends 1,000 metres over the precipice of Aiguille du Midi.
- Chamonix Leisure Park – At the foot of Mount Blanc, the park offers a roller coaster, slides, toboggans, trampolines, a playground, chairlifts, and more fun.