Open: 17 Dec 2016 – 23 April 2017
If you ski or snowboard, Chamonix France should definitely be on your bucket list. Chamonix has an allure for the hard core and adventurous in particular, with world renowned off-piste skiing and riding. Some of the lines are so challenging that you might need to wear a diaper.
The area is dominated by the 4,810 metre Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, which serves as a playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. Between ice climbing, paragliding and extreme skiing, it’s not surprising that Chamonix has been described as the “the death-sport capital of the world”!
The Chamonix Valley is nestled between the towering Mont Blanc range to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north.
It’s the place where the first Winter Olympic Games were ever held (1924) and worth visiting. It also offers the longest cable railway in the world. Chamonix is in a close distance to the highest peak in Europe – Mont Blanc (4810 m).
Where to stay in Chamonix
The skiing area offers you about 150 km of ski slopes, with 30 km for advanced skiers, 70 km for intermediates, and 46 km for beginners. You will find the most difficult ride on Piste des Pylones.
The ski areas in Chamonix Valley are not lift-linked (Le Brevent and La Flégère are the exception), so it’s necessary to use the free buses to get around the valley to the various ski resorts.
There’s also the efficient shuttle bus “Le Mulets” that loops around the town at very regular intervals.
Mont-Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass
At Top Snow Travel, we only sell the best ski pass options: the Mont-Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass!
– Brevent-Flégère area
– Grands Montets area
– Balme Tour Vallorcine area
– Aiguille du Midi
– Montenvers Mer de Glace train
– Tramway du Mont-Blanc
– Les Houches area
– Courmayeur area
– Verbier 4 Vallées area
– Evasion Mont-Blanc – St Gervais or Megève
Only one visit to the ticket office
Unlimited access to the Chamonix swimming pool, skating rink, museums (3 to 21 day passes)
One Luge Alpine Coaster descent per day, per person at les Planards ski area (3 to 21 day passes)
Free and unlimited access to the Funivie Monte-Bianco from 1 day pass of current validity (including 5-day Pack).
Free and unlimited access to Courmayeur ski area (all passes including 5-day pack).
Access to the Cinema Vox in Chamonix. The place cost 3,50 € (skipass of 3 days to 21 days)
Access to the Evasion Mont-Blanc (St Gervais or Megève) ski area with 3 to 21 day pass, one visit per stay only.
Chamonix bus : free access to the bus station with the Pass and Chamonix Mont-Blanc Unlimited.
Chamonix – Les Houches : free access to the bus station with the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Unlimited.
Chamonix – Courmayeur : SAT bus 15€ return trip.
Mont-Blanc Tunnel : 13,50 € the one trip with a MBU card.
Chamonix – Verbier 4 Vallées : departure every thursday, price 23€ return trip, with a MBU 6 days card from January 2016 (reservation recommanded).
Chamonix Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation for the Chamonix area is either in the historic town of Chamonix or one of the many nearby villages. There is no ski-in ski-out accommodation and no one area is the perfect accommodation location for skiing. As most of the ski areas are not interconnected you’ll need to catch a bus to get most ski resorts anyhow.
If you want to stay near the nightlife downtown, choose a hotel in Chamonix itself. If you prefer a peaceful and quiet place, the villages of Argentière or La Flégère are very nice.