Things to do - general


With a reputation for challenging skiing, Chamonix lies at the foot of Western Europe’s tallest mountain, the 4,810-metre Mont Blanc. The first winter Olympics were held here in 1924, and it is home to the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, which takes passengers from the bustling town of Chamonix at 1,035 metres to the summit of the Aiguile du Midi at 3,842 metres.


December 15, 2018 – May 1, 2019

Ski area

Chamonix consists of five resorts spread out over 150 kilometres – Grands Montets, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, La Flégère and Le Brevent. The latter two are linked by lifts, while free shuttle buses connect the others. There are 65 lifts, with 16 green runs, 27 blue, 25 red and 12 black, plus two terrain parks. The Mont-Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass is valid in all five resorts, as well as Courmayeur in Italy, the 4 Vallées in Switzerland, with one visit to Evasion Mont-Blanc (St Gervais or Megève) also included.


Stay in the historic town of Chamonix to be close to shops, bars and restaurants, or choose the quieter village of Argentière, family-friendly les Houches, authentic Servoz or the more remote Vallorcine, near the Swiss border.


The Mont-Blanc Unlimited lift pass also offers access to the Chamonix pool, cinema, ice skating rink and museums plus one luge Alpine Coaster descent per day. Other activities include snowshoeing, ice climbing, paragliding, mountaineering, dog sledding and tobogganing. As well as traditional restaurants offering fondues and raclettes, you will find Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Mexican options. For après, head to Chambre Neuf for live music, the terrace at Elevation 1904 or La Terrasse, or try some local ales at Micro Brasserie de Chamonix.

Languages spokenFrench
Currency usedEUR
Transfer time

Geneva airport: 1hr 15min

Resort altitude1,035m
Skiable area

Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass (France, Switzerland & Italy):

– 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


Chamonix Video

Trail maps

Chamonix Valley trail maps

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Chamonix Valley trail map

Chamonix Valley trail map small

Balme trail map

balme trail map small - chamonix

Brevent Flegere trail map

Brevent-Flegere trail map small - chamonix

Grands Montets trail map

Grands montets trail map - chamonix

Les Houches trail map

Les Houches trail map small - chamonix

L'Aigille du Midi trail map

aiguille du midi trail map small - chamonix

Montenvers trail map

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Planards trail map

planard trail map small - chamonix


Where to stay in Chamonix

Alpina Eclectic Hotel

Alpina Eclectic Hotel

Alpina Eclectic Hotel Open: 01 Dec 2019 – 03 May 2020 Location: in the centre of Chamonix and More info
Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré

Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré

Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré Open: 01 Dec 2019 – 03 May 2020 Location: 500m from the Planpraz gondo More info
Hotel Le Morgane

Hotel Le Morgane

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Le Morgane.Read ReviewsOpen: 01 Dec 2019 – 01 More info
Hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons

Hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Le Refuge des Aiglons.Read ReviewsOpen: 01 Dec 2019 ̵ More info
Le Cristal de Jade

Le Cristal de Jade

Weekly ski package incl lift pass – Le Cristal de Jade.Read ReviewsOpen: 14 Dec 2019 to 25 Apr More info
Residence La Ginabelle

Residence La Ginabelle

Weekly ski package incl lift pass – Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence La Ginabelle.Read Rev More info
France Discovery (Silver) - 19 Days

France Discovery (Silver) - 19 Days

Megeve, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens, Chamonix
Mont-Blanc, quaint villages & the largest ski area in the world The 19 day France Discovery inde More info