● The birthplace of alpine skiing and [high-octane] winter sports
● Infinite ski possibilities for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers including some of the longest runs in Europe and world famous off-piste and freeride.
● Consistent and reliable snow conditions with upper pistes at a snow-sure altitude of over 3000 meters.
● Home to the highest peak in Western Europe, the iconic Mont Blanc (4810m)
● Access Chamonix, Verbier AND Courmayeur all with the Chamonix-Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass!
It has to be the world famous Vallee Blanche – 24 kilometres of off-piste with a 2000 metre descent and breath-taking scenery. Definitely one for the ski bucket list.
Try a moonlit snowshoe through pine forests finishing up with a delicious fondue at La Ferme des 3 Ours, or view the Mont Blanc from the Aiguille du Midi, one of highest cable cars in the world.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the without question the international home of winter sports. Regularly voted No.1 Ski Destination in the World the extent of its ski terrain is unsurpassed which keeps skiers returning to Chamonix year after year.
For beginners there are easy to navigate nursery slopes at the bottom of the Chamonix valley. For intermediate skiers Chamonix has miles and miles of blue and red pistes on sunny south facing slopes.
For expert skiers Chamonix is world-renowned, and for good reason. You can enjoy the steep deeps at Les Grand Montets, or book a guide to discover the Vallee Blanche, the longest stretch of off-piste in Europe; then there’s the World Cup piste at Kandahar and the blacks at Brévent-Flégère. That’s before you tackle some heli-skiing, ice-climbing or conquer the mammoth Mont Blanc.
With the Chamonix Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass you can also access nearby Verbier and Courmayeur making it completely impossible for you to get bored!
It’s hard to talk about Chamonix-Mont-Blanc without listing a series of impressive facts. It is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924. It is home to the famous Mont Blanc and has one of the highest cable cars in the world (the Aiguille du Midi, 3842m) allowing visitors some truly high-altitude views.
Chamonix is also beautiful and picturesque, set amongst truly spectacular mountains. The cosmopolitan bustling town hosts an international year-round population including Chamonix locals, young entrepreneurs, international artists and extreme sports enthusiasts, all passionate about the Chamonix mountain life.
Off-mountain there is almost too much to do. The shopping is impressive in Chamonix with everything from Chanel and Swarovski to Patagonia and The North Face. The shops are interspersed with traditional patisseries, specialist chocolatiers, sushi restaurants and art galleries. Saturday mornings the town hosts an outdoor market brimming with local crafts and fresh produce.
For families Chamonix has a cinema, bowling alley, ice rink, a large sports centre with a pool, gym and indoor climbing wall. And that’s before the hiking, the mountain lakes, the Mer de Glace & Montenvers railway, the ice caves, nature reserves, white water rafting and horse riding!
Chamonix also offers an eclectic mix of restaurants from traditional Savoyard right up to acclaimed Michelin starred. There is a lively après scene and nightlife for those with any energy left in their ski legs. And if you are still at a loose end you can pop across the border to visit Italy for a quick Prosecco aperitivo!
In Chamonix the world really is your oyster whether on a family ski holiday, a ski weekend with friends on a corporate ski break with work.
Our Favourite Places
La Maison Carrier (traditional)
Set in a reconstructed mountain farmhouse, La Maison Carrier creates traditional Savoyard cuisine ‘just the way their grandmother’s made’. Popular regional dishes are beautifully prepared and presented by head Chef, Stephane Gassot, with a comprehensive wine list including a great selection of regional wines. If you are looking for an authentic alpine experience this is the place for you.
Albert Premier (1er) (Luxury Micheln Starred)
The Hameau de Albert Premier is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the Chamonix valley with two Michelin stars to it’s name. Using fresh local ingredients such as local boletus mushrooms, beetroot and broccoli from the restaurant’s garden, Magland snails, or fresh mountain herbs such as wild thyme or wood-sorrel, Pierre Maillet and his team create exciting menus to complement the changing seasons. Described as modernised French cuisine influenced by Mont-Blanc and the nearby Piedmont region of Italy, they offer an à la carte menu or a selection of set menus. There is also a master sommelier on hand to guide you through one of the finest wine menus in the entire region!
MBC – The Microbrewery de Chamonix – Apres!
Opened in March 2002, MBC was the brainchild of four young Canadians. With a passion for making great beer, offering home-cooked food and providing good entertainment MBC was lovingly created and has been part of Chamonix culture ever since. With a full bar and six types of beer on tap (pilsner, weisbier, pale ale, stout, bock), a seasonal beer always on offer, live music and great Canadian burgers and bar-food, what more could you need in a après bar?
Munchie’s Bar & Restaurant
For anyone needing their fix of Thai food or fresh sushi, Munchies is your destination. Set in a cool part of Chamonix surrounded by a selection of great bars (such as Moo), Munchie’s serves crossover fusion food and fresh sushi. It’s a buzzing popular restaurant offering a welcome alternative to traditional Savoyard menus and a great place to start an evening out in Chamonix!
Geneva airport is just over one hour drive making Chamonix-Mont-Blanc one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps – perfect for weekend ski breaks and corporate ski holidays.
There are regular daily flights to Geneva from London and most other international airports making Chamonix an internationally accessible ski resort.
If you are travelling by private jet there are also regional airports at Annemasse and Annecy, both of which are less than an hour away.
You can travel by helicopter to Chamonix; the helicopter flight time from Geneva to Chamonix is around 20 minutes.