Legendary Chamonix has been forging its reputation for almost a century. Surrounded by the most majestic peaks – including of course Mont Blanc – “Cham” is a must-visit destination for skiers from the world over.
Chamonix feels very international and since both Italy and Switzerland are very close, they have influenced the mix of cultures. Many different nationalities visit both in high and low season, which lends this valley a lovely cosmopolitan atmosphere and reveals a positive aspect of the social mix here in the French Alps.
No doubt, this aspect was part of the reason for choosing Chamonix to host the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924. This immediately put Chamonix on the sporting map and the resort was able to exhibit the wonderful diversity of pistes and skiing environments during those first ever games almost 100 years ago.
The small town is also known as the world capital of alpine skiing and it offers many facilities and opportunities to learn the sport.
For après-ski, or if skiing is not your thing, there are many recreational activities to try right here, such as: ice climbing, paragliding, a scenic helicopter flight, dog sledding, paintball, etc.
Skiing-wise, there are no fewer than four ski areas for you to explore this winter, each with something different to offer. This means that you can take a different route or explore a new area each day.
Thrill-seekers take note! If you want to indulge in freeriding, many of the pistes in Grands Montets have an exhilarating vertical descent and there are also excellent off-piste trails. In Balme, the runs are easy and there is fun to be had without needing to be an expert skier. In Brévent, you can take in the fabulous panoramic views over Mont Blanc from the pistes that are suitable for intermediate skiers. This terrain is also linked to the ski area of La Flégère which has varied slopes. You can also enjoy great skiing adventures in Les Houches for more amazing views.
Beginners will get the most out of the slopes closest to the town centre in Les Planards and Le Savoy areas. Expert skiers won’t want to miss the legendary Vallée Blanche run which starts off at an elevation of 3,800 m on the Aiguille du Midi.
Good to know
· Legendary and very cosmopolitan town
· Located in the heart of the mountains at the foot of Mont Blanc
· Varied skiing terrain
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