Chamonix

Chamonix Mont Blanc France

Chamonix is world renowned as the skiing and climbing capital of the world. It hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and since then has been a centre for extreme sports in both summer and winter.

But Chamonix offers far more to you than extreme sports. Sitting at the base of the majestic Mont Blanc (Europe's highest mountain) it is an area of outstanding natural beauty with an elegant and cosmopolitan town centre to couple with its internationally renowned ski area.

So what is there for you to do in Chamonix?

Chamonix has without doubt some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring scenery to be found anywhere - not just in the Alps - with tumbling glaciers, soaring Aiguilles, one of Europe's highest cable cars - the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m - the Mer De Glace and a beautiful alpine town.

There is plenty for the non-skier to do in Chamonix: an impressive sports and swimming complex, beauty salons, spas, ice rink, cross country skiing, paragliding, husky sledding, guided snowshoeing, cinema, museum, casino and weekly market with fresh local produce; and a plethora of shops, designer boutiques, bars, restaurants, terraced cafe's and night-clubs.

Chamonix offers a combination of skiing, old town charm, apres ski, shopping, sightseeing and great Chamonix accommodation, which few resorts can match.

The Skiing

The birthplace of alpine history and home to the magnificent Mont Blanc- at 4807m Europe's highest mountain - Chamonix boasts a superb snow record, a long season (Dec-May), unrivalled off-piste skiing, and views to die for.

Indeed Chamonix has an international reputation as having some of the most spectacular, challenging and exhilarating skiing and boarding available anywhere in the world.

The Chamonix valley is both huge and daunting, and that's before we figure in the neighbouring resorts. The Mont Blanc lift pass covers 8 local and 13 regional ski areas with terrain up to 3840m, over 200 lifts and 700km of piste - with the majority of the ski areas being above 2000m. It caters for all standards, from beginners right through to experts.

Visit our ski areas page for an in depth look at each of the major areas: Brevent, Flegere, Les Grands Montets, Le Tour, Les Houches and the Aiguille du Midi.

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