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Chamonix

Overview

Chamonix is a year round alpine town with a long history of alpine sports. People come from all over the world to ski, board and climb in this iconic resort. During the summer, Chamonix is probably busier than during the ski season with tourists from all over the world, some merely to ride up the Aiguille Midi and gaze at the majestic Mont Blanc, some to actually climb it. Having visited during the summer it is interesting to travel up to the viewing platform with tourists in shorts and flip flops standing next to climbers with ropes crampons and all their various climbing paraphernalia.

For those choosing Chamonix as a ski destination it is as unlike the high altitude archetypal French resort as it could possibly be. All of these resorts have been designed to allow visitors to be as close to the skiing and the lifts as possible, Chamonix hasn't been designed at all!

In the village centre are two lifts, the Aiguille Midi which takes you to the Vallee Blanche glacier, and the Brevent gondola. At opposite ends of the Chamonix valley are the villages of Les Houches and Le Tour, with Vallorcine, Argentiere and Les Praz in between. All of these areas can be accessed by the regular bus service or the hourly train service. The full unlimited lift pass covers all of these areas plus Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland. To gain the full benefit of the unlimited pass, a car is a very good idea.

The skiing in Chamonix is ideal for confident intermediates with a lot of challenging slopes, for those wanting to venture off piste, (OFF PISTE SKIING SHOULD ALWAYS BE UNDERTAKEN WITH A QUALIFIED MOUNTAIN GUIDE) there is a large selection of excellent runs that would be a good introduction to off piste skiing. If conditions are good the famous Valle Blanche is within the reach of confident intermediates.

This is without doubt an experts resort with steep and deep terrain and some of the most famous off piste terrain anywhere in the world. Chamonix would be included as one of the resorts that brought to the publics attention the Extreme Skiing phenomenon and was featured in the 1980's film The Blizzard of AAhhs starring Scot Schmitt and Glen Plake. For the expert this is a must visit resort.

Beginners will find nursery slopes in Chamonix town at the Brevent and the Planards. For slopes suitable for progression, a bus ride to Le Tour is your best bet, but our opinion is that there are many places that are better suited to beginners.

For boarders, like skiers, the terrain suits experts the most, and for those wanting steep and deep will get the most from Chamonix. There are terrain parks at Grand Montets and Les Houches. 

Chamonix is very popular for short breaks, with a myriad of flights into Geneva and Chamonix being little over an hours drive. Hoteliers are willing to take reservations for less than 7 days which means that it is an ideal destination.  




Offslope/apres ski

For après ski this has to be one of the best with a large selection of bars and clubs. From the live music and dancing on the bars and tables of the Chambre Neuf next to the train station to the more upmarket lounge bar Le Privilege. There are many bars in Chamonix mainly due to the fact that it is a large town and has a year round clientele.

The resort also offers a huge amount for the non skier. With a large sports centre with swimming pool, ice skating and gym. For those who love their "contact sports", if you get a chance to see an ice hockey game whilst in Chamonix go......because you will not be disappointed.  Non skiers can buy the Cham Gourmand pass and go up to one of three mountain restaurants and meet friends (the cost of the pass is credited against your meal)

Our View

Great resort for expert and confident intermediate skiers. Superb for skiers looking for a buzzing nightlife. Really popular weekend destination.




Resort Results & Filters

At a glance

Chalets:
24
Hotel & Apartments:
33
Pistes:
150km
Resort height:
1035m
Top station:
3842m

Suitability

Experts:
5 stars
Intermediates:
3 stars
Beginners:
2 stars
Non-Skiers:
5 stars
Scenery:
5 stars
Resort charm:
4 stars
Nightlife:
5 stars

Positives

  • Some of the best off piste in the world
  • Easy access from Geneva airport
  • Great for non skiers
  • Good intermediate/expert areas
  • Lively apres ski 

Negatives

  • Disjointed ski area
  • Bad weather can shut the best runs
  • Not many good mountain restaurants

You were looking for Chalets, Hotels and Apartments in France

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Boutique Hotel Le Morgane REF: AEI004

Boutique Hotel Le Morgane is a stylish hotel located in Chamonix Sud, at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi sightseeing cable car. Its contemporary deco...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 8 stars
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Brigitte`s Mazot

Brigitte`s Mazot REF: BC0011

Brigitte's Mazot in Chamonix is a cosy little chalet, with a stunning view of Mont Blanc. Situated in the area of Les Moussoux, it is an easy stro...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 2
Rating : 6 stars
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£739 PU
for 7 days
Chalet Cachat

Chalet Cachat REF: ADD0001

Chalet Cachat’s location really is hard to beat, just over the road from the main ski lifts and a 200 metre walk to the main high street of Cham...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 12 - 14
Rating : 8 stars
From
£540 PP
for 7 days
Chalet Frasserands

Chalet Frasserands REF: BC0004

This chalet is a fabulous mountain retreat. Chalet Frasserands is beautifully set in the winter wonderland of Montroc, at the top of the Chamonix vall...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 12
Rating : 9 stars
From
£1000 PU
for 7 days
Chalet Hotel Sapiniere

Chalet Hotel Sapiniere REF: AIC032

Arguably the best located hotel in Chamonix. The Savoy nursery slopes are literally just over the road from the hotel, from where the Savoy téléski li...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 54 - 61
Rating : 7 stars
From
£499 PP
for 7 days
Chalet Les Tissourds

Chalet Les Tissourds REF: BC0003

Chalet Les Tissourds is a wonderful Maison de Pays, beautifully restored and refurbished in 2009, a self-catered chalet in a class of its own. Built o...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 8 stars
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£3043 PU
for 7 days
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Chalet Mazot Les Tines REF: BC0007

Mazot les Tines is a cosy little hideaway straight out of Hansel and Gretel. Situated between Chamonix and Argentière in the village of Les Tines it i...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 2 - 4
Rating : 8 stars
From
£1065 PU
for 7 days
Chalet Scerie

Chalet Scerie REF: BC0010

Chalet Scierie is a beautifully renovated detached chalet in the hamlet of Les Tines, a quiet spot ideally situated for skiing in both Chamonix and Ar...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 6 stars
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£2434 PU
for 7 days
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Chalet Val d'Arve 6 REF: BC0008

As prime locations go it doesn’t get much better than our Val d’Arve apartment. Only 5 minutes stroll from the town square it is in a wond...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 4 - 6
Rating : 7 stars
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Chalet Val d'Arve 9 REF: BC0009

As prime locations go it doesn’t get much better than the Val d’Arve apartments. Only 5 minutes from the town square these apartments are ...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 6 - 8
Rating : 7 stars
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£1065 PU
for 7 days
Chalet Valhalla

Chalet Valhalla REF: BC0002

Chalet Valhalla was built with beautiful natural timbers and is a structure of grand proportions right in the heart of Chamonix. It is open and light ...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : 10 - 16
Rating : 8 stars
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£11870 PU
for 7 days
Grand Hotel des Alpes

Grand Hotel des Alpes REF: ASHOT08

Situated in the centre of town on the main pedestrian street of Chamonix, Rue du Dr Paccard, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is in a perfect central locatio...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 8 stars
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Hotel Alpina REF: AEI003

We’ve always been a fan of the Hotel Alpina in Chamonix for its unbeatable flexibility, but less so for the 70’s décor, however, the hotel...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 6 stars
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Hotel Excelsior REF: AI0420

The Hotel Excelsior is a traditional, yet stylish hotel with great facilities. Now a 4* hotel, it boasts a fantastic spa with sauna, steam room, beaut...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 8 stars
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£768 PP
for 7 days
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Hotel Gustavia REF: AI0345

Located in the heart of Chamonix, this informal, friendly hotel is perfect for enjoying the bustling resort. Its central position opposite the train s...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 6 stars
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£698 PP
for 7 days
Hotel Heliopic

Hotel Heliopic REF: AI0312

We are delighted to feature this state-of-the-art, chic, yet comfortable hotel at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable-car giving access to the infa...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 8 stars
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£788 PP
for 7 days
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Hotel La Chaumiere Mountain Lodge REF: AI0346

This lovely hotel has been recently refurbished to combine stylish Scandinavian simplicity with charming Alpine style. The owners have many years&rsqu...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 6 stars
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Hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons

Hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons REF: BFL0010

Welcome to the “Refuge des Aiglons” in Chamonix, a 4-star hotel that extends the warmest of welcomes, inviting you to experience its new, ...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 8 stars
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Hotel Mont Blanc REF: AEI005

The Hotel Mont Blanc is right in the heart of Chamonix and is the perfect place to relax after a hard day on the slopes. The hotel has been fully reno...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 10 stars
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Hotel Pointe Isabelle REF: AI0347

Located in the heart of Chamonix, this newly renovated hotel has plenty of history behind it. The hotel is named after a British lady, Isabella Strato...

Resort : Chamonix Valley, France
Sleeps : N/A
Rating : 7 stars
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£788 PP
for 7 days