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Things to do in Chamonix

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Welcome to Chamonix

In the shadow of Mont Blanc—the highest mountain in the Alps—Chamonix is one of France’s oldest and most celebrated ski resorts. Former host of the Winter Olympics, the region boasts luxurious hotels, a decadent après-ski scene, top-notch slopes (including daredevil-approved off-piste skiing in La Vallée Blanche), and high-end amenities that have made it a destination for both well-heeled vacationers and professionals. While it’s busiest during the winter high season, there are also plenty of things to do in Chamonix for summertime travelers—think: exceptional hiking and biking trails and landmarks such as the Aiguille du Midi viewpoint.

Top 8 attractions in Chamonix

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car

Soaring up the rocky peak of Aiguille du Midi at 12,605 feet (3,842 meters), the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car is one of the highest in Europe. Setting out from Chamonix, the cable car has two stages, culminating in an elevator ride to the summit with spectacular views over Mont Blanc and the surrounding French and Swiss Alps.More

Mont Blanc

Towering 15,531 feet (4,734 meters) above sea level, Mont Blanc is Europe’s highest peak and a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Straddling the border of France and Italy, this iconic peak is considered the birthplace of modern mountaineering. Enjoy the endless hiking and mountaineering opportunities and the thrilling views from the heights.More
Chamonix Amusement Park (Parc de Loisirs de Chamonix)

Chamonix Amusement Park (Parc de Loisirs de Chamonix)

Chamonix’s Amusement Park is open year-round and offers plenty of family-friendly fun from giant swings, electric motorcycles, and water games in the summer to skiing, arcade games, and more during the winter months. The park’s most popular attraction is the exhilarating 4,265-feet (1300-meter long Alpine Coaster, which twists and turns down the mountainside.More
Step into the Void (Aguille du Midi Skywalk)

Step into the Void (Aguille du Midi Skywalk)

The Step into the Void (Aiguille du Midi Skywalk)is a glass room suspended 12,604 feet (3,842 meters) high on the summit of Aiguille du Midi mountain. Reinforced by strong steel and set on the edge of a steep cliff, the transparent box offers unobstructed views of Europe’s highest peaks, with nothing but air below.More
Bossons Glacier (Glacier des Bossons)

Bossons Glacier (Glacier des Bossons)

The distinctive blue icefields of the Bossons Glacier (Glacier des Bossons hovers over the town of Chamonix just below the Mont Blanc massif. Once stretching from the Mont Blanc summit to the village of Les Bossons below, the glacier has retreated in recent years. With chairlift service and plenty of easy hiking trails, the Bossons Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glacier hikes from Chamonix.More
Grands Montets Ski Area (Les Grands Montets)

Grands Montets Ski Area (Les Grands Montets)

Grands Montets Ski Area (Les Grands Montets) is the biggest and most popular ski area in Chamomix, boasting some of the largest vertical drops in the world at more than 6,561 feet (2,000 meters). Huge areas of the mountain are left ungroomed, making it a mecca for off-piste enthusiasts. The snow is exceptional here both early and late in the season.More
Lake Gaillands (Lac des Gaillands)

Lake Gaillands (Lac des Gaillands)

Located 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) outside Chamonix city center, Lake Gaillands (Lac des Gaillands) is a man-made lake created in the early 1900s during excavation work for a nearby train line. The site quickly filled with water, creating an outdoor recreation area frequented by locals and visitors who enjoy hiking, fishing, and rock climbing at the lake.More
Chamonix Alpine Museum (Le Musee Alpin)

Chamonix Alpine Museum (Le Musee Alpin)

Housed in the 20th-century Chamonix Palace, the Alpine Museum (or Le Musee Alpin celebrates the history of the Chamonix Valley and notable ascents of Mont Blanc. The museum’s collection of vintage mountain climbing equipment, old photographs, and maps draw visitors interested in mountaineering history and the development of tourism in the valley.More
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All about Chamonix

When to visit

Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc on the French, Swiss, and Italian borders, the luxury resort town of Chamonix is busiest in winter. The ski season here lasts from December through April, and in the lead-up to Christmas, Chamonix boasts twinkling light displays, festive markets, and live music. If you don’t plan to ski, however, Chamonix is spellbinding in summer, when hikers, climbers, and mountain bikers hit the trails.

Getting around

Chamonix is well-connected by public transit. The Mont Blanc Express is a train that traverses the Chamonix Valley from Saint-Gervais/Le Fayet in France to Martigny in Switzerland, while local bus services connect various resorts and hiking areas in the valley. The free Mulet shuttle service runs through the center of Chamonix, while taxi services and car rentals offer greater flexibility.

Traveler tips

While Chamonix has a wealth of pistes for all levels of skiers, the Chamonix Valley is also renowned for its off-piste opportunities, all against the spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc. Whether you’re an amateur or very experienced skier, it’s worth hiring a personal guide for an off-piste excursion. Just take precautions around avalanches, and be mindful of the area’s snow state.

People Also Ask

What is the main reason why tourists visit Chamonix?

Most tourists visit Chamonix for winter sports, particularly free-ride skiing and snowboarding. The Vallée Blanche glacier descent is one of Europe’s top off-piste adventures, and there’s a lively après-ski scene. It’s an adventure sports destination year-round, with climbing, hiking, paragliding, and more in summer.

How do I spend my day in Chamonix?

Most travelers visit Chamonix for more than a day, giving them time to ski or snowboard more of the extensive network of trails. Non-skiers will want to take the Montenvers - Mer de Glace Train up to see the glacier, which houses a tunnel with ice sculptures, and enjoy its restaurants.

Is Chamonix in France or Switzerland?

Chamonix lies in eastern France, nestled in the French Alps in the shadow of Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest peak. But it’s just a few miles (or kilometers) from the borders with Switzerland and Italy. In fact, the nearest major airport is in Geneva, which is in Switzerland.

How many days do you need in Chamonix?

Most travelers on a ski or snowboard vacation spend at least a week in Chamonix. The Chamonix Valley itself offers well more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of groomed piste, while some ski passes include access to three other ski areas in France and Italy.

What sports can you do in Chamonix?

Chamonix is one of Europe’s top destinations for extreme and adventure sports. Besides skiing and snowboarding, there’s mountaineering, ice climbing, and via ferrata options, with trail running, ultramarathons, rafting, and canyoning in summer. Full-blown adrenaline junkies can brave paragliding, skydiving, wingsuit flying, speed riding, and even BASE jumping.

Is Chamonix worth visiting in summer?

Yes, while skiers and snowboarders will want to stick to winter, Chamonix is beautiful in summer—with snow-capped peaks framing alpine meadows and a wealth of adventure sports on offer. Summer is the perfect season for rafting the chilly alpine rivers and paragliding in the shadow of Mont Blanc.


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