Spring Skiing in Chamonix

Enjoy Chamonix in the spring


Russell Bowes

Russell Bowes
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Spring Skiing in ChamonixSitting at the Alpine border between Italy, France and Switzerland is the Chamonix valley, and its extended family of villages and resorts centred on this eponymous town. Chamonix is renowned as a great skiing destination for the spring and summer, whilst the winter see’s many of its most picturesque routes closed the warmth of spring opens them up. The winter winds and poor visibility also die down and the routes are far more accessible in general, better for those who are still beginners. The spring sees the legendary Vallee Blancet route across the glaciers open. Chamonix resides just inside France, in the Haute Savoie region and is easily accessible from resorts in Italy, such as Courmayeur or Verbier in Switzerland. Criss crossing the region is well established with a great lift system which will take you between the slopes of all three countries.

Chamonix is a classic Alpine resort with picturesque chalets and beautiful wooden buildings dotted around the town between more modern apartment blocks. Remaining a classic destination, it continually reinvents itself, and today it’s just as suited to families as it is to young groups of snow bunnies! Chamonix is where the serious après ski action kicks off in the Alps, with a lively party scene.
 


 

Chamonix without the crowds


   

Chamonix: runs and lifts Chamonix: runs and lifts

The Chamonix valley stretches from France through to Switzerland and borders Italy. Though the Chamonix is in France it is well connected to resorts over the Italian border in Courmayer  In Chamonix you will find over 260 runs across 762km of piste. Chamonix has 51 beginner runs, 190 great intermediates and 21 challenging advanced runs. Make sure you take in a few laps of the Aiguille du Midi, for a great spring time run.

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The best ski runs The best ski runs

Chamonix valley has a wealth of downhill runs and cross country tracks spread over 700 kilometres of on and off piste area. Whether on ski or on foot, you can follow the 160 kilometre Tour du Mont Blanc loop which trails through Italy, Switzerland and France. A well recommended tour route is the ski safari; again you can criss-cross the borders here. There are other excellent runs between resorts such as the ‘Haute Route’ stretching 180 kilometres from Chamonix to Zermatt. At St Bernard you can ski a steep 10 kilometre run from Switzerland down into Italy.

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International resorts close by International resorts close by

Chamonix is well connected to the wider Alpine region, giving you a wealth of resorts and off piste action on your doorstep. The lower sloped resorts are coming to the end of the season but in the upper elevations you will still find plenty of snow covered piste.  Just through the Mont Blanc tunnel and still sitting at the base on the mountain is the Italian resort of Courmayeur, a characteristically Italian village with an old Roman centre. Most ski passes will cover multiple resorts so it’s a good idea to see which you would like to visit on a day trip and choose one covering it.

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Off piste action Off piste action

Chamonix is famous for its social scene and renowned as a hub of activity. As you would expect, Chamonix is home to a host of traditional cafes and restaurants, and dotted throughout the mountains are a myriad of restaurants with excellent views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks. Chamonix itself is home to 100 or so shops, with many big name brands on offer. After your day of skiing, why not unwind in one of the 14 bars before heading into a nightclub? There are seven to choose from! If you stay on the Italian side in Courmayeur, you will still be spoilt for choice; there's a lively après ski scene with discos and an American bar.

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Spring activities Spring activities

With spring in the air there is plenty for the non-skier and those who need to take a break from the piste! Try some of the beautiful walking trails in spring which offer unique alpine flowers and animals starting to emerge. The lower slopes of Mont Blanc and the surrounding area are a great place to explore and as on ski you can wander across from France to Italy and Switzerland before heading back for dinner.

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Chamonix in the spring is much quieter than the high season giving you much more freedom to explore the area without the crowds. As always it is a lively and invigorating destination suitable for couples, groups or family trips and is home to lively après ski scene and wide range of runs. Whilst it may seem focused these days on a younger crowd, there are plenty of surrounding villages pouring down into Italy, France and Switzerland which are perfect to relax in. The surrounding mountains are great for cross country skiing and there are excellent facilities for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Chamonix Holiday Chalets

Located close to Brévent at only 300 meters from the slopes.

Cosy 40 square meters apartment, ground level of a chalet located in the street which goes to the Brévent, 200 meters from Chamonix town center and 300 meters from the slopes. 2/4 people. Nice view of the Mont Blanc. Full equipped kitchen with di...

very close to the bus stop and just a 2 minute walk to the centre of town.

Appartment of 35 square meters for 4 people on 5th floor of residence with lift situated in Chamonix sud very close to the bus stop and just a 2 minute walk to the centre of town. One bedroom with a double bed with sliding door opening on the livi...

Located in the heart of Chamonix with underground parking and ski locker.

New apartment of 35m ², for 2-4 persons, 2nd floor with lift of the residence 3 Alps, located in the heart of Chamonix. Equipped with ceramic hob, oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave onde.Coin meals and living area with double sofa bed...

Only 200 metres to the free ski bus stop.

Lovely flat of 35 m2 suitable for 4 people located in Chamonix Sud on the 4th floor of a residence with elevator. Large balcony and great view of Mt Blanc. 1 bedroom with double bed, 1 small bedroom with bunk beds 1 bathroom with bath and separate...

located at 200 meters from the slopes and 300 m. from Chamonix town center.

Cosy 38 square meters apartment, ground level of a residence located at 200 meters from the slopes of "Le Savoy-Brévent" and 300 meters from Chamonix town center. Capacity : 2/4 people Separate kitchen equipped with dishwasher, washin...

2 rooms apartment at only 5 mn walking distance from the town center of Chamonix

2 rooms apartment for 4 people located at the first floor of a building with lift, at 5 mn walking from the town center of Chamonix. 35 square meters 1 double bedroom, 2 bunk beds in the entrance. Living room with television, DVD player, hi-fi. Ki...

Enchanting chalet located in the charming resort of Chamonix

Beautiful chalet located in the famous resort of Chamonix. The ski pistes are at 200 m from the chalet. The chalet is spacious and gets a lot of natural light. It is organised over two levels (the staircases can be dangerous for children). Privat...

Beautiful large apartment in a chalet with beautiful views of the Alps

Beautiful semi-detached chalet situated in the heart of nature, close to the slopes and the bus stop. There is a splendid view over the Alps from the chalet, particularly from the large terrace. These costs are charged on site. They are not includ...

The chalet is situated between les Houches and Chamonix.

The chalet is situated between les Houches and Chamonix. Shops are 1 km away. A car is necessary! These costs are charged on site. They are not included in the rental price.: Deposit; € 500 (On arrival, you must pay the security deposit in cash...

A fairytale appartment situated very close to the center of Chamonix Town center.

This fairytale furnished 68 sq.m appartment, within 5 min drive from the Chamonix town center, offers to its guests a dive into a warm and romantic atmosphere for a memorable holiday in both winter and summer. At the foot of Mont Blanc in a remar...

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