Spring Skiing in Chamonix

Enjoy Chamonix in the spring

Russell Bowes

Russell Bowes
HomeAway travel expert

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.


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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.

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Apart, 2 Rooms, Chamonix Center, Facing Mont Blanc

Weekly from saturday to saturday rental,not smoker. In a private residence situated in the city center.100 m of the cable railway of the aiguille du midi and any businesses, 50 m of the departure of the free buses for all the valley, railway sta...

Magnificent 120 sq.m apartment in an old 17 century farmhouse

Magnificent apartment measuring 120 sq.m in an old 18th century farmhouse, fully renovated in 2005. South oriented. Panoramic view of the Mont-Blanc mountain range. New bedding, 6 beds (2006). 10 min on foot from the centre of Chamonix. Located be...

Chamonix Old farmhouse 260m2 6 bedrooms 6 bathrooms

Splendid half chalet 260 m2 on 2 levels. Former 18th century farmhouse renovated in 2005. Plein Sud, panoramic view of Mont Blanc. Private garden. New bedding 2006. 10-minute walk from the center of Chamonix. Located between the Brevent cable and...

Central Chamonix Penthouse Apartment, 3 beds, 2 baths Amazing Views

Penthouse apartment, 3 beds, 2 bathrooms, wood burning fire, amazing mountain views with 2 large balconies. Reasons to choose this apartment: 1. 4 minutes walk to purchase lift pass and ski bus stop for access to Agentiere, Le Tour and Les Houc...

Chamonix :Beautiful mini-chalet/studio for two

Mazot Florence : Attractive, charming and sophisticated chalet for two, surrounded by Mont Blanc, glaciers and facing the famous Aiguille du Midi. Located on the sunny side of the valley and five minutes’ walk from downtown Chamonix, this chal...

Lovely little cottage facing Mont Blanc quiet and 2 steps from downtown

Chamonix Mazot Florence, a small cottage rated '4 star, refined charm, with stunning views of the Mont Blanc. This small luxury chalet is ideal for a couple. It will charm you with its sophisticated mountain style. The Mazot Florence is located ...

Beautiful cottage charming 5 star rated 2 steps from downtown

In Chamonix, beautiful cottage for 2 people, 5 minutes walk from the center of Chamonix, on two floors, very cozy alpine ambience, décor and refined amenities to make your stay very enjoyable. Stunning views across the Mont-Blanc, quiet though onl...

Spacious apartment in Central Chamonix - fantastic views

3 Twin / Double Bedrooms + Large L shaped Settee (Can sleep further 1). Traditional timber interior/Modern Décor and all the essential creature comforts. Fully refurbished kitchen, high gloss units kitchen (2013), New Bathroom with WC, Washroom wi...

Chalet le Favre - beautifully renovated 6 bed chalet with hot-tub

Le Favre is a beautifully renovated 6 bedroom chalet situated in the Les Pecles area of Chamonix. The chalet has been built to take advantage of its excellent position on the south-facing side of the Valley, with double height glazing showing off ...

Chalet les Favrands- Renovated Traditional Chalet sleeping up to 12 people

Chalet Favrands is a superb four bedroom chalet which sleeps up to 10 people in 4 bedrooms and a mezzanine. In addition, there is an independent one bedroom apartment making the maximum occupancy 12. Renovated to a high standard, Favrands offers a...
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