High in the Alps, Chamonix is a breathtaking valley with towering peaks and majestic ice falls with a tremendous variety of terrain. Whilst Chamonix ski holidays and the first Winter Olympics in 1924 have brought fame to the area, there is much more to enjoy from a Chamonix ski chalet or Chamonix rental accommodation than just the magnificent skiing.
There are a magnitude of gentle runs through the forests, miles of cross-country ski pistes, snow parks, glacier descents and of course the world renowned down-hill pistes to enjoy from your Chamonix ski chalet. Even if you do not ski or snowboard, Europe’s largest cable car or one of the many cog railways will take you to some of the most incredible views in the Alps. You can also try the marked winter trails, snowshoe trails, ice rinks, indoor climbing or simply relax and indulge in one of Chamonix’s spas.
In the summer, Chamonix is still an adventure sport paradise. The cable cars take you to the centre of the Mont Blanc Massif, where there are 350km of hiking trails, 40km of mountain biking tracks, many cliff faces for climbing and mountaineering, paragliding and there is even an 18 hole golf course! In the spring, the melt waters rage down the rivers, making perfect conditions for white-water rafting weekends in Chamonix.
The town of Chamonix itself is very cosmopolitan, with vibrant après-ski and an architectural heritage which amazes first time visitors. The Alpine Museum lets you understand the history of Chamonix, and reveals a few secrets of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alpine peaks.
There is a great wealth of resorts in the Chamonix valley, meaning that everyone can find a summer or ski holiday in Chamonix which will allow them to get the most out of the area and the rental chalets on offer.
For experienced adventure sportsmen, the Grands Montets tremendous on and off-piste runs, snow park and bordercross track will provide a spectacular and enjoyable challenge.
Les Houches, provides natural skiing through woods and forests, with panoramic views and timeless alpine villages, whilst the resorts of La Vormaine and Le Savoy cater for the less experienced skiers or snowboarders.
From July to September, the weather is sunny and cool with temperatures hovering around 15°C, which is perfect for some of the strenuous walking, climbing and biking in Chamonix. The winters are of course cold, but not as bitter as some of the North American ski resorts, with average temperatures in January around -2°C.
The nearest Airport to Chamonix is Annecy (NCY), and cheap flights to Chamonix are provided by a host of carriers, so it is a good idea to shop around.