Chamonix

France

Coat of Arms

Chamonix is a mecca for mountain enthusiasts worldwide. Set in a truly spectacular valley beneath Europe's highest peak, Mt Blanc, Chamonix offers everything from groomed pistes to mind-blowing glacier skiing.

Tour Operators...


*Chalet.nu
*Crystal
*Inghams
*Neilson
*PV Holidays
*Ski Weekends
*Thomas Cook
*Thomson






Chamonix Essential Facts...

Resort Altitude: 1050m
Highest Lift: 3842m
Length of Pistes: 110km
No. of Pistes: 68
Green: 12
Blue: 26
Red: 19
Black: 11
No. of Lifts: 43
Cable Cars: 7
Gondolas: 6
Chair Lifts: 16
Drag Lifts: 14
Snow Cannons: 96



*

One of the oldest ski resorts in the world and host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, to give it its full title, attracts skiers, mountaineers and nature-lovers generally from all over the globe.

The main ski areas are Brévent/ Flégère accessible from Chamonix town centre; Les Grands Montets above Argentière and Le Balme, accessed from Le Tour. In addition there are several beginners' areas for those that are new to skiing or boarding. At the south-western end of the valley, Les Houches is also included on the Mont-Blanc Unlimited pass. A free bus service connects all the areas of the valley.

Chamonix also has one of the world's highest cable cars up the to Aiguille du Midi (3842m). The views from the top are incredible over the valley below and far beyond as well as up to the summit of Mt. Blanc (4810m), amazingly still another vertical kilometre above you! From the top, you can take two further lifts down to Courmayeur on the Italian side or for more experienced skiiers why not try skiing the legendary Vallée Blanche? The services of a mountain guide are essential, (to avoid the deep crevasses in the glacier,) on this 20km 4-5 hour descent which will stay with you forever. At the bottom of the Mer de Glace glacier you can either take the Train du Montenvers back to Chamonix or, conditions permitting, ski right back to the town.

Chamonix offers an almost endless range of activities including mountaineering, paragliding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming & skating. There are plenty of après-ski options too, with a wide range of retaurants, bars & clubs and a casino.



Chamonix ski schools:*École de Ski Français (ESF) Chamonix
*Ski Sensations
*British Alpine Ski & Snowboard School (BASS) Chamonix


Independent travel...

Ferry Cheap cheapflights.co.uk Opodo flights Rail Europe- trains from UK/ rail transfers Swiss Travel System- Swiss rail & bus passes + motorway vignette
Holiday Taxis- resort transfers Sixt Rent a Car HostelBookers.com AlphaRooms.com Hotels.com

Other useful links for your skiing holiday...

Holiday Extras PO Travel Insurance New Season Skiwear Bargains PO Foreign Currency Exchange Click here to buy Ski & Snowboard gear online
SnowRental Ski Hire
Post Office Travel - Passport *
Write a review for Holidays Uncovered*