Known as the ‘Ski Capital of the World’ and situated just over an hour from Geneva, Chamonix is one of the most inspiring and challenging ski destinations on the planet, and a mecca for off-piste skiers and boarders.
Snowboarding legend Xavier de la Rue is a regular visitor, scoping out extreme backcountry slopes for Red Bull movies, while record-breaking ultra runner Killian Jornet is based in the town.
Chamonix also carries a wealth of alpine history, from tales of the Golden Age of Alpinism in the mid 1800s to the glamour of the 1924 Winter Olympics. Its diverse nightlife, sport and leisure activities, high altitude slopes and gorgeous scenery are what make it one of the leading resorts in the world.
WHAT OUR SKI EXPERTS SAY
"We recommend Chamonix to intermediate or advanced level skiers. A Mont Blanc lift pass covers ALL ski areas, The Ice Caves and the Aiguille du Midi. Take this and ‘Step into the Void'. The town has great aprés ski so it’s great for skiers who want nightlife. Sample some of the many great restaurants & don't forget the local macaroons!"
Step into the void
The “Step into the Void” is a glass room with a glass floor, situated off the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi at an altitude of 3842 metres. It claims to be "the highest attraction in Europe".
A small cable car allows visitors to descend from the train station onto the Mer de Glace glacier where they can enter a man made ice grotto. The ice grotto is cut into the living glacier. The grotto has to be dug out every summer since the glacier moves about 70m every year.
Excursions are available to many nearby towns including Les Houches, Argentières and Chamonix Centre.
The old Chamonix town centre is charming with cobbled, pedestrianised streets. Après ski is lively and varied with everything from live rock music in Chambre Neuf to jazz in the Maison des Artistes. Rue des Moulins is your go-to spot for late night fun. Skiing in Chamonix actually means skiing five different areas, all serviced by bus or cable car and offering an incredible mixture of slopes and possibilities, particularly for strong intermediate skiers who will find themselves pushed to the next level.
Les Houches is an ideal area for families and beginner/ intermediates with panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The slopes are tree-lined and perfect for an easy day’s skiing and fun forest runs. When snow conditions permit, more experienced skiers in the family can ski down to St Gervais.
Off-piste skiers like being based here to access the Grand Montets glacier and its many exciting routes. We recommend this area for confident skiers who have already skied or are beginning to ski off piste.
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