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.
 


 

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

Luxury House a stunning luxury chalet in Chamonix

Chalet Edelweiss is a stunning luxury chalet in Chamonix that combines rustic farmhouse chic with complete luxury. This luxury chalet offers guests superb facilities including a heated plunge pool, hammam, sauna, outdoor hot tub and an amazing cin...

Town Centre with Private Parking for 2 Cars and Lift

Whilst right in the heart of the towns restaurants and bars there are plenty of reasons to enjoy a night in as well. The spacious living area is fully equipped with all mod cons including wi-fi throughout. The Lounge has an open fireplace, French ...

Central Chamonix flat with private terrace and stunning views

Large, south facing penthouse apartment with spectacular views of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc range. 200 yards from the central square of Chamonix and 20 yards from the railway station, from where ski buses to all pistes depart regularly. This apa...

Arve

High quality one bedroom apartment which has been fully renovated with lovely interiors, wifi and parking. Located in a quiet residence a short walk from the town centre, this apartment is very bright and open with floor to ceiling windows framing...

Mont Blanc SpaChalet

Not to be missed! Not just a chalet but a small hamlet of buildings only 10 min walk from the very centre of Chamonix, offering accommodation and spa facilities at a standard way beyond the very affordable prices. The gated complex comprises a m...

Majestic

Located in arguably the most historic and beautiful landmark buildings of Chamonix, 'Le Majestic', this is a luxurious apartment which has been completely refurbished and decorated with tasteful design led furnishings. Flexform corner sofa and Kar...

Vila 1

This extremely well equipped duplex apartment incorporates numerous home comforts to ensure a cosy stay. It has the convenience of being really centrally located, so that all the bus stops, restaurants, shops and bars you could wish for are only e...

Centrally Located, 200m From Cable Car And Main Shopping Area, 100m From Train, 3 Min Walk From Bus

Extremely well equipped duplex apartment incorporates numerous home comforts to ensure a cosy stay. It has the convenience of being really centrally located, so that all the bus stops, restaurants, shops and bars you could wish for are only ever a...

Very lovely studio, very bright, totally renovated in the heart of Chamoix

TARIFF WEEK 2612 with the 02O1: 750 euros Studio 3 stars completely remade with nine very luminous with much of sun in particular the morning and tiled, very flowered sunny terrace l' summer with living room of garden, cooks ikea tt equipped with ...

Beautiful apartment very bright in the heart of Chamonix

Renovation in 2014 with installation of shutters and repainted flat. Renovation in spring 2013 with new flooring and curtains. Very bright apartment with lots of sunlight in the morning renovated in spring 2OO9, very good quality and personalized...

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