Host to the very first Winter Olympics in 1924 and the birthplace of mountaineering, Chamonix is a hub for thrill seekers attracted by its challenging terrain which offers some of the best off-piste in the world. Situated just an hour from Geneva, the bustling Alpine resort of Chamonix also provides the perfect option for a ski weekend.
Chamonix spreads for miles along the valley but wherever you are you will be greeted with stunning views of the highest summit in the Alps, the majestic Mont Blanc, and its dramatic scenery. Despite being a large resort, the car-free centre maintains a traditional French atmosphere which radiates from its charming cobbled streets and pavement cafes.
skiing in Chamonix
Chamonix is divided into a number of different ski areas which are accessed from various points across the valley and connected by a free shuttle bus. On opposite sides of Chamonix centre are the two base stations for Le Brevent and the Aiguille du Midi, whilst the other areas of Le Tour, Balme, La Flagiere and Les Houches are accessed from smaller nearby villages. Finally, Les Grand Montets is reached from Argentiere.
Ski holidays in Chamonix are best suited to expert skiers due to its challenging terrain and exhilarating off-piste itineraries. Most famously, the Vallee Blanche is the longest off-piste route in the world offering 3000m of vertical descent and accessed by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Even if you are not skiing, this amazing cable car ride is worth experiencing for the breathtaking views alone, and continues to attract visitors year round.
There are several low beginner areas and intermediates are well catered for with a selection of easy blues and steeper narrower reds across all areas. Those taking a Mont Blanc area lift pass can also experience the neighboring Italian resort of Courmayeur for the day.
Chamonix offers excellent nightlife with its two main pedestrianised squares each boasting a selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There are plenty of informal, lively bars and a selection of nightclubs for those looking to party into the early hours.
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