At the foot of the behemoth that is Mont Blanc, the aptly named Chamonix-Mont-Blanc sits just inside the junction that joins France with Switzerland and Italy in the French Alps. "Discovered" by the English in 1741, the Hotel d'Angleterre, the first in the valley, was built in 1770, and the town held the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924. But it was Mont Blanc and the fiercely steep and jagged Chamonix Aiguilles – needles – which made it a Mecca for
the British, before the bars and clubs put it firmly on the party map.
However, while the cluster of resorts is easily one of the most popular skiing locations in France, that is not all this area’s known for. Counting breath-taking scenery, historical sights and exciting year-round activities as popular draws, there's plenty of things to do in Chamonix for all the family to enjoy. In fact, you will be surprised to know that there are more tourists visiting Chamonix in the summer than in the winter. In spring, with a fewer crowds than in winter, you can probably have the chance to ski without risking a collision with someone. During the summer season, the mountain becomes paradise for anyone looking for some fresh air, awe-inspiring landscapes and fantastic activities, such as hiking (like the Tour du Mont Blanc or the Vallée blanche), mountain biking, paragliding, alpine slides, etc.
1.5 hour max
from the airport
to the ski bus
in the valley
1 hour to
a golf course
There is no bad season in Chamonix because the decor is always magical whatever the time of year. Nature-lovers appreciate it in any season, but the choice depends mainly on the type of activity practiced. A hiker will prefer the summer to trudge along the hiking trails surrounded by marmots and ibex. Ski enthusiasts and other snow sports will prefer to visit Chamonix in winter.
Arrive in the region directly by rail via the Chamonix station or by plane landing in Lyon or Geneva before boarding a train. Geneva is the fastest and most convenient option, which can be reached by car or train. The main excursions are from the city centre and everything can be visited on foot.
August makes a lot of sense for me and my family. I go to both ski and beach holidays every year and could not decide whether I should get a summer house or a flat in the Alps. Now I’ll get both!
Thanks to its steep sides and weather-proofed routes, the area is popular with off-piste fanatics. But with nursery slopes and tamer routes available, there's something to suit all abilities.
The Mont Blanc area has numerous lakes at altitudes between 2,000 and 2,500 metres which are easily reachable and attractive destinations for hillwalking.
The valley offers 350 km of superbly maintained hiking trails, with 170 different itineraries offering walks adapted to all with wonderful forest scents and fantastic panoramas.
Whether you’re keen to conquer La Marmotte or just looking for a leisurely lakeside pedal, cycling in the French Alps is no longer the preserve of the professionals.
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