Chamonix - Something For Everyone
1. A world-famous location
One of the world's most visited natural sites, the Chamonix valley is located at the foot of the Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest summit at 4810 m. Registered on the world heritage list, Chamonix, the birthplace of mountaineering, is considered the grand old lady of alpine resorts. Internationally renowned for its exceptional environment, Chamonix is the reference when it comes to mountain holidays.
2. Easy international access
Thanks to its geographical location, Chamonix Mont-Blanc is a genuine European crossroad; less than 15 km from Switzerland and only 20 minutes from Italy via the Mont-Blanc Tunnel.
3. A charming cosmopolitan resort next to traditional hamlets
With 200 years of mountaineering history to its name, Chamonix is a town where charm and tradition share the scene with modern resort facilities. The architectural heritage has been preserved, giving a unique atmosphere to the resort. Traditional village hamlets are located up and down the 23 km Chamonix valley.
4. Numerous services and a dynamic atmosphere in an authentic French mountain town
A large sports complex offers : sports hall, indoor and outdoor ice rink, speed skating rink, 19 tennis courts (quick and clay) including 4 indoor courts, squash courts, swimming-pool complex with water-slide & fitness center (saunas, Turkish baths, solarium). Numerous runways are available for hang and paragliders. The Alpine Museum and a range of exhibitions with varied themes are offered throughout the season... Chamonix is the only ski resort able to offer such a wide selection of entertainment.
5. Guaranteed snow
Despite its low altitude (1035 m), 90% of the ski areas are located above 2000 m, making Chamonix a « guaranteed-snow » resort. The ski terrain is divided into three areas all linked by an efficient shuttle bus service and a panoramic sightseeing train (free with Guest Card or Ski Pass). The world famous Grands Montets is considered the Mecca for skiers, snowboarders and freeriders but there are many different possibilities available for skiers of all levels throughout the resort. The winter season begins around mid-December till the beginning of May with excellent spring skiing in April.
6. A paradise for non-skiers
If you prefer walking or snowshoeing to skiing, Chamonix has just what you need to enjoy high mountain scenery : discover the Mer de Glace with the picturesque cog railway of Montenvers, take Europe's highest cablecar to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, ride on the Tramway du Mont-Blanc, France's highest cog railway, fly over over the Mont-Blanc range with Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopters - or simply enjoy the 17 km of footpaths which take you deep into the winter landscape. For a change of scenery, the Chamonix Bus Company offers day trips to beautiful nearby cities such as Annecy, Geneva (Switzerland) and Aosta (Italy).
7. Lively, renowned « après-ski »
Chamonix hosts a wide selection of typical cafés and tempting pastry shops along with around 30 bars, 80 restaurants, 100 shops and 7 discotheques. The world-class casino in the center of town will tempt the gambler in you with black jack, roulette and slot machines of the purest tradition. The Vox Cinema delights moviegoers with all the latest films - and frequently in the original version.