With a resort height of 1.035m and a lift that takes you as high as 3,842m, Chamonix is the place to go for any thrill seekers. The 20km Valley Blanche is the longest off-piste run in Europe. Chamonix also offers some the best skiing throughout the season, with long runs below the tree line ready when the bad weather comes in and high altitude glacier runs for when the suns out. The resort itself is a busy mountain village located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the towns old buildings and traffic free centre means a pleasant walk around town offers beautiful scenic views throughout. Chamonix was the host for the first ever Winter Olympics back in 1924 and is considered to be the birthplace of Alpine skiing.
Chamonix has a verity of slopes ready for any level of skier or snowboarder and ski passes suitable for each. For more advance skiers i would recommend the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass which gives you access to 410km of pisted slopes and 124 lifts across 3 countries (France, Switzerland and Italy). The Grand Montets cable car gives you access to a massive free rider playground with a 2,000m vertical decent back to the village. Chamonix is undergoing the development of a new 6-seat chairlift and a dedicated beginners area, which is expected to be open ready for the 2018/19 winter season.
There is accommodation options for all budgets to suit anyone in the lively town center. Chamonix is the location for La Folie Douce’s first hotel which will be opening its doors ready for the 2018/19 winter. Situated in the former Savoy Palace hotel it will have a total of 250 rooms, 3 restaurants, spa, heated outdoor swimming pool and a suitable apres-ski bar which will have live Music and DJ’s.
The center of Chamonix is where the party is at with a seemingly endless choice of different bars to chose from to top off the epic days skiing. While there are bars located at the base of each of the different ski areas, however most of the action takes place in the center of town. Located in Chamonix Sud, the Monkey bar is the place to be for an apres-ski, with live music and a generous happy hour. From here you can go to any of the bar located around until 1:30am and if you are still looking to continue the party there is the Cantina club.
Chamonix is suitable for skiers and non-skiers alike, whilst not skiing the village offer a huge number of other activities including Helicopter tours ranging from 10-30 minutes, Husky sledding, Fat biking, wine tasting and a verity of gourmet restaurants to test your taste buds. Or if your idea of a good time is relaxing why not try one of Chamonix’s many spas.