Chamonix Ski Holidays
France

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Home to the world-famous Mont Blanc, the French town of Chamonix represents, to many, the pinnacle of outdoor adventure in the French Alps. A proper town in its own right, Chamonix is a back-country skier’s paradise in the winter months — with some of Europe’s finest and most challenging off-piste terrain right on the doorstep.

Chamonix itself is remarkably pretty; a French Alpine village nestled at an altitude of 1,000 metres with slopes running up to nearly 4,000 metres. Traditional and characterful, Chamonix offers spectacular views, outdoor adventure, and plenty of things to see and do away from the slopes.

From Chamonix and the surrounding villages and hamlets, an impressive array of cable cars and gondolas are in place to whisk skiers up into the peaks and valleys above. One of the most famous of these is the Aiguille du Midi, and even if you’re not skiing, a trip up here is unforgettable for the views alone. If you are skiing, you’d better take a guide… The Vallée Blanche is widely considered among Europe’s finest back-country runs, but it’s not for the feint-hearted.

Overall, Chamonix is not a particularly learner-friendly resort. The best beginner terrain is centred around the La Tour area, but even here it’s limited. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can push themselves on the resort’s exciting blue and red runs, but it’s the experts who can really make the most of this magical destination.

Although in need of an upgrade here and there, the lifts and gondolas across the Chamonix Valley are in good condition. The snow-making infrastructure is strong, too, typically ensuring decent coverage from December through to the end of April.

Families skiing in France would, perhaps, be better off in learner and family-friendly resorts such as Morzine, les Gets, Courchevel, les Arcs or Meribel. Chamonix is perhaps best left until the kids are older and more capable on their skis. If you do have youngsters and you want to tick Chamonix off the list, la Tour is perhaps the best base.

On the nightlife front, Chamonix and the surrounding villages — especially Argentière — are home to a wonderful array of diverse bars and cafes. Anybody keen to hit the bars as hard as they hit the slopes, and enjoy a little vibrant après ski at the end of long days on the snow will have a wide array of venues to pick from, especially in Chamonix town.

The town itself sits in the Chamonix Valley, surrounded on both sides by neighbouring villages and hamlets such as la Tour, Argentière and les Houches. Buses run all day long and cover all the main villages throughout the valley, but progress can be lumbering and slow. Many visitors bring their own cars, so they can visit nearby resorts like Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland with ease.

Many of Chamonix’s chalet companies run shuttle services from their chalets to the base of the nearby lifts, which solves the problem of ski access. But Chamonix is a sprawling resort and access can be tricky. It’s not designed like a ski resort, because at heart it’s an authentic Alpine town.

On the accommodation front, Chamonix boasts a wonderful array of charming chalets and hotels — some run by UK tour operators with flights and transfers included, but most based on independent travel allowing visitors to arrange travel independently. You’ll find everything from cheap and cheerful 2* and 3* chalets and hotels all the way up to luxury 5* accommodation — there really is something to suit all budgets.

Accessing Chamonix is really very easy — the resort lies a mere 1 hour 15 minutes from Geneva Airport. If you book a package holiday, your airport transfers are included. If not, you’ll have to arrange them separately and there are plenty of companies plying the route. Many visitors to Chamonix from the UK hop in the car and drive it — it’s about a 10 hour drive from Calais.
Après ski is quite lively in the main town of Chamonix, with a broad range of different bars to choose from. Things are far quieter in the surrounding satellite villages but even peaceful base villages like Argentière do have a couple of lovely venues for a drink. Chamonix itself has a lovely atmosphere too, and as it’s busy all year round you get a definite feeling of staying in a proper Alpine town rather than just a ski resort.

If you’re in Chamonix and in search of a cold beer in a decent spot, look out for bars like Chambre Neuf, Munster bar, Monkey bar, Boogie Woogie, Le Vert Bar, Quartz bar, La Terrasse, The Bunker, La Herse, Le Privilege, Savoy bar, Brev'bar, South bar, Moo bar, Le Tof, Le Spot, Cha Cha Cha, O' Byrne's and Elevation 1904. If you’re out for the long haul, hit l’Amnesia — but don’t expect to catch first lifts the next day!
Whether you have a non-skier or two in your group, or you’re simply keen to enjoy the Alps in other ways than skiing, Chamonix has plenty to offer. Alpine hiking and snowshoeing tours are popular, and the scenery around Chamonix and Mont Blanc is breathtaking.

You can give the kids a thrill with a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or hop onto a sled and zoom through the Alpine wilderness with a pack of happy huskies leading the charge. In March and April, when the warm thermals rise from the valley floor, parapente is very popular and affords bird’s-eye views over the soaring peaks and valleys.

Down in town, there’s a wonderful array of shops and boutiques to browse. The weekly market attracts locals and visitors alike, and you can catch the latest releases in Chamonix’s large cinema. On top of that, you’ll find ice-skating and indoor climbing — ideal for those looking for adventure off the slopes.

If you’re looking for a spot of pampering off piste, you can choose from a whole host of relaxing spots to rest and recuperate those weary muscles. Les Aiglons Deep Spa is a luxury spa in the town centre, and Le Morgane is a hot spot for facials and massages.

Chamonix also attracts an impressive range of national and international events and competitions; the FIS championships and the Freeride World Tour to name but two.

Dog Sledding

74 Place Edmond Desailloud

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 86 68 87 16

Paragliding

11 Avenue du Savoy

74400

Chamonix

+33 6 61 84 61 50

Snowshoeing

190 place de l'Eglise

74400

Chamonix

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88

There’s a fine array of restaurants, cafes and eateries lining the streets and walkways of Chamonix. While the choice is more limited in the surrounding villages and hamlets, there are still some good options. From traditional Savoyard specialities such as fondue, raclette and pierrade to fine-dining establishments and basic burgers and chips, Chamonix has it all.

Good for Couples

La Yaute

2100 Route d'Argentière

74400

Chamonix

+33 9 66 83 58 18

Good for Couples

Le Bistrot

151 Avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 50 53 57 64

Good for Couples

Albert Premier

38 Route du Bouchet

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 50 53 05 09

Good for Family

Le Vert

964 Route des Gaillands

74400

Chamonix

Good for Friends

La Terrasse

43 Place Balmat

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 50 53 09 95

Good for Friends

Monkey Restaurant

81 Place Edmond Desailloud

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 50 96 64 34

Good for Friends

Chambre Neuf Brasserie

272 Avenue Michel Croz

74400

Chamonix

+33 4 50 53 00 31

If you’re taking the family to Chamonix and you’re in need of a little helpful childcare while you hit the slopes, there are a number of good options available.

MeriNannies offer excellent childcare services for babies and children from 4 weeks to 14 years of age, with experiences d and qualified nannies. Ratios are carefully planned, with one nanny for two children under the age of 2 years, one nanny for 3 children over the age of 3 and one nanny for 4 children over the age of 4. Activities are prepared to ensure fun and adventure whatever the weather.

In Argentière, the Panda Kids’ Club offers a crèche facility and ski lessons for kids from 3 years and upwards. Aside from childcare, they also ffer ski lessons for kids up to age 12.

Apart from the diverse childcare options, families can choose from a wide range of non-ski activities. There’s swimming, ice-skating, sledging, bowling, dog-sledding and snow-shoeing to enjoy – if kids have the energy left after exploring the pistes!

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1035m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    24km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3843m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    64

  • TOTAL PISTE

    152km



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