With the snow all but gone Chamonix recasts itself as a lively summer outdoor activity resort with a bewildering array of activities available for thrill seekers and sightseers alike. As one of the few alpine resorts with year round appeal Chamonix draws mountain bikers, walkers and climbers alike. It really is possible to do as much or as little as you like from climbing Mont Blanc to a slightly more sedate round of golf with a spectacular mountain backdrop of soaring peaks and tumbling glaciers.
The only difficult decision you'll face in Chamonix in the summer is deciding what activity you'd like to do, and how best to make the most of your time. With this in mind our resort manager is always on hand to help advise, organise and book activities, restaurants and instructors leaving you more time to relax and enjoy yourself.
With all its lifts running during the summer months Chamonix's beautiful balcony walks and downhill bike tracks are easily accessible. You can wind up the mountain side through pine forests on the Montenvers tramway before visiting the famous Mer de Glace and stopping for lunch overlooking the glacier. Or, for the more adventurous, the Aiguille du Midi cable car will whisk you up to a height of 3842m from where you can enjoy breathtaking views over France, Italy and Switzerland. Or perhaps just a stroll round the Saturday market with its array of fresh local produce and regional artefacts.
If you want to see a little more of the region then a day trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel into the Aosta region of Italy offers up a different cuisine and culture; and less than an hour away is Annecy with its idyllic setting by the lake encircled by mountains. This Venice of the Alps has a stunning old town populated with interesting shops and bustling restaurants.
Chamonix offers something for everyone from easy undulating rides to classic downhill descents all enjoyed against stunning mountain scenery. Chamonix has numerous dedicated bike trails and if you're looking for a relaxing ride then you don't even have to cycle up hill - either catch a lift up the valley sides or a train up the valley and its all downhill from there. Of course for the more experienced there are steep and committing rides where you'll be glad of your body armour and helmet. As always we are more than happy to help arrange bike hire and equipment and assist in planning your itinerary.
Chamonix is a spectacular setting for paragliding with strong thermals rising as high as 3500m and enormous height difference between Chamonix town and its surrounding peaks making Chamonix a mecca for paragliders. Tandem flights are available for those who wish to sample the joys of paragliding, or courses are available for those who wish to learn to fly solo.
Fully equipped with wetsuit, harness and helmet and combining climbing, abseiling, swimming and diving canyoning is an true adrenalin sport. With icy snow melt waters, deep gorges and fast flowing rivers canyoning is not for the faint hearted.
If rafting is more your cup of tea then there's the river Arve through Chamonix or, further afield, the Dranse river in Morzine and the Dora Baltea in Italy both offering more challenging rafting.
Alternatively you can do without the raft and with a padded wetsuit and a pair of flippers you can tackle the river the hydro speed way.
With over 350 kms of marked trails Chamonix has a range of walks to suit everyone from valley floor strolls, to mid mountain balcony walks and multi day high mountain hikes. At the other end of the spectrum there is the famous Tour du Mont Blanc which is a nine day, 160 km, hike of Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland.
Chamonix is justifiably world famous for its unique range of challenging climbs in breathtaking settings. There are 19 bolted outdoor routes for beginner and social climbers on crags on the valley floor, indoor climbing walls for inclement weather days and the almost unlimited possibilities of the Aiguilles Rouges and Mont Blanc Massif with long and challenging multi pitch rock and ice climbs - not to mention Mont Blanc itself.
Whether you are an experienced climber or a novice we can arrange activity days or entire weeks with a mountain guide to improve and test your climbing skills to the limit.
If you fancy climbing Mont Blanc we can organise mountain guides and reservations. Generally guides recommend a minimum of four days to acclimatise and successfully summit, and return from, Mont Blanc. Preferably a week's training and acclimatising is preferred with the most experienced guides and places in the refuges being booked up early.
In a majestic setting, between the Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouge, the Chamonix golf course has a truly exhilarating location and, with Robert Trent Jones Snr as its designer, the 6076 metre long, 18 hole course is a real gem. There are also a variety of beautiful courses, such as Megeve, Les Gets and Annecy all within an hour's drive from Chamonix.
All our properties are available on a self catered basis in the summer, although a catered option can be arranged if desired.