Must-read guide to Chamonix

Must-read guide to Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Why visit the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley? Well, it should be in every mountain lover’s bucket list! There are plenty of reasons why to go and visit Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley. That is why I put together a Must-Read Guide to Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

 

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You can summarise why Chamonix is so amazing in seven facts:
1) Chamonix lays at the foot of The MONT BLANC (4810m), the highest mountain in Europe, making of it, a unique spot! (You must have read already my Must-Read Guide to Courmayeur. Courmayeur is on the other side – the Italian side, of the Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco).
2) Chamonix in winter is famous for its freeriding and lots of activities for non-skiers. Plus Chamonix is not only for the daredevil! It offers activities and variety of slopes for all levels.
Ski de Randonnée in Chamonix. Photo: Christophe Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Ski de Randonnée in Chamonix. Photo: Christophe Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
3) Chamonix in summer is amazing, and you can tell that a favourite spot for visitors. There are lots of incredible sightseeing tours to take. And wide range of outdoor activities for all.
4) Chamonix is a year-round destination and a lively Alpine city. This is not a purposed-built resort, people live here all year. That makes the vibe of the place!
Architecture in Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Architecture in Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
5) Chamonix’s heritage. You can find it through its art, culture, architecture and cuisine.
6) Very close to the highway. Chamonix is one of the easiest towns to reach .
7) Chamonix offers a wide variety of accommodation for all budgets. So, it is not only for the rich and famous!

History of Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Chamonix has a long and fascinating history. Starting from the first explorers to the golden age of winter sports.
The town has an amazing cultural and architectural heritage.
Architecture in Chamonix, painting at the Office of the Mountain Guides. Photo: Salome Abrial- OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Architecture in Chamonix, painting at the Office of the Mountain Guides. Photo: Salome Abrial- OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
You can book one of the weekly guided heritage tours. In these you can discover the architectural diversity of Chamonix. Baroque churches to Protestan chapels. Hotels and palaces from the “Golden Era” to “Art Deco” facades. From traditional farmhouses, to colossal villas passing through chalets contrasting with modern buildings.
1741: Two English men Windham and Pococke discovered “Chamouny” valley and its glaciers. The population at the time was living on farms. These two men lead the first touristic exploration climbing the Mer de Glace glacier.

1786 – The age of mountaineering started. Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard conquest the summit of the Mont-Blanc. This sealed the fate of this small mountain village forever.
1821: The creation of the first company of guides in the world. This helped organise and supervise climbers in high mountains. In 2021 the Compagnie des Guides will celebrate 200 years.
1924: First Winter Olympics in Chamonix.
1955: Inauguration of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. At 3,842 m it allows the high mountains to be accessible.
1992: Official opening of the Montenvers railway
Today, Chamonix Mont-Blanc is the world capital of skiing. It is also the birthplace of mountaineering. Plus, the third most visited natural site in the world.
Chamonix has been a magnet for sportsmen and women, and artists. Today, like yesterday, Chamonix inspires curiosity and admiration…
Entrance to the Vallée Blanche from Aiguille du Midi. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Entrance to the Vallée Blanche from Aiguille du Midi. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.

How to get to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Chamonix is the resort with easier access in the French Alps! Located at the crossroads of France, Switzerland and Italy.

By Road

The town benefits from a direct access by motorway.

By Train

Chamonix has its own train station connected to the international railway:
o The “Mont Blanc Express”
o “Léman Express”
TGV train from Paris. (Chamonix has its own train station connected to the European rail network)

Airports

There are three main international airports nearby:
o Genève (Switzerland) : 1h by car (motorway)
Regular public transport, shared transport or private
o Lyon St Exupéry (France) : 2h15 by car (motorway)
o Milano (Italy) : 2h30 by car (motorway)
Other airport close by is Turin.
Hotel Le Chamonix. Example of architecture in the town of Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Hotel Le Chamonix. Example of architecture in the town of Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.

Shopping at Chamonix -Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

There is a main pedestrian street in the town centre of Chamonix with 400 boutiques. Open 7/7 days.
What can you buy in Chamonix? From luxuries to souvernirs. Or if you like your sports, you’ll find the best sport brands. Millet, North Face, Crazy, Salomon, Rossignol, Moncler, Peter Mac Arthur, Lacoste and Longchamp…
Le Village de La Tour. Maaison de Michel Croz. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Le Village de La Tour. Maaison de Michel Croz. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.

Where to eat in town – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

You can find all kinds of food in Chamonix. From Savoyard specialties served in rustic mountain restaurants, to Michelin-starred Albert 1er. You can eat from international dishes to nouvelle cuisine. For wine lovers, first class sommeliers conduct regular wine tasting evenings or lunches.

· Restaurant Albert 1er : Simplicity is perfection

A family tradition, of five generations, manned by Damien Leveau. His food has roots in the Alpine lands of France and Italy. He has achieved a star of the Michelin guide.
Restaurant Albert 1er. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant Albert 1er. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
A table by the window at the Restaurant Albert 1er. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
A table by the window at the Restaurant Albert 1er. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.

· Restaurant de l’Auberge du Bois Prin

Emmanuel Renaut offers regional and inventive cuisine based on local products. This got him three stars. The restaurant has amazing views of the Mont Blanc.
Exterior of L'Auberge du Bois Prin. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
Exterior of L’Auberge du Bois Prin. Must-Read guide to Chamonix.
A table with a view at the Auberge du Bois Prin. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A table with a view at the Auberge du Bois Prin. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant de l’Auberge du Bois Prin: +33 4 50 53 33 51
· Restaurant « La Télécabine »
Offering authentic cuisine in a privileged setting, between modern and traditional. Go in the summer to enjoy the south facing Mont-Blanc for some tapas and aperitif at the end of the day.
Exterior and terrace of restaurant Telecabine. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior and terrace of restaurant Telecabine. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Interior of the Telecabine restaurant in Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Interior of the Telecabine restaurant in Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant “La Telecabine” contact +33 4 50 47 04 66

· Restaurant « La Calèche »

Located in the heart of Chamonix. This restaurant has the most extraordinary decorations of Chamonix. It serves Savoyard specialties. Created in 1946 by Grandpa Luc and still run by his family.
Relax with a drink at the lounge bar or sit at the sunny street café, a perfect place for watching the world going by!
Restaurant La Caleche in Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant La Caleche in Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Le Caleche- Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
La Caleche- Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant La Calèche contact +33 4 50 55 94 68
The pedestrianised streets offer lovely boutiques, fine restaurants and bars.
Chamonix welcomes year-round customers from the entire world. Thus, they have Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican restaurants also.
Everyone can find their ideal place.

Where to eat on the mountain

Depending on where you are in the mountains, there are 34 altitude restaurants.
Below are some favourites.

o Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille

Located below the intermediate station of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille overlooks the Chamonix valley. It has a panoramic terrace. Claude and Marie-Noëlle will cook you homemade dishes!
View of the restaurant Plan de l'Aiguille with the town of Chamonix below. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
View of the restaurant Plan de l’Aiguille with the town of Chamonix below. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Refuge Plan de l'Aiguille- A plate with some cold cuts with a view. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille- A plate with some cold cuts with a view. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille contact: +33 6 65 64 27 53

o Restaurant 3842m / Cafeteria Summit

One of the highest in Europe!
Outstanding setting & unique in the world. Certified “Maître Restaurateur”. This restaurant offers menus with fresh seasonal and local products.
Restaurant/Cafe 3842- a pause with a view. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant/Cafe 3842- a pause with a view. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

 

Restaurant 3842m /Cafeteria Summit contact: +33 4 50 55 82 23

o Refuge du Montenvers at 1913m

After taking a train for 20 minutes through alpine woods in the mountains you’ll be there. The resort of Montenvers-Mer de Glace. I have written a story about our visit in summer .The train departure is some 5 minutes from the town centre. Up there you can enjoy a meal at the Montenvers Refuge overlooking the glacier.
Restaurant Refuge de Montenvers. Sibuet. Photo Sophie Molesti. David Andre. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant Refuge de Montenvers. Sibuet. Photo Sophie Molesti. David Andre. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The granite-built refuge is from the 1880s, when travellers used to come by mule. Imagine that! Those where the actual ‘machos’!
Famous people came to visit this special place such as Napoléon III, Pasteur, Victor Hugo…
Train du Montevers, that takes you to the Refuge de Montenvers. A must-do for your bucket list! The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Train du Montevers, that takes you to the Refuge de Montenvers. A must-do for your bucket list! The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Renovated in 2016-2017, it maintained the historic soul and spirit of the building.
Refuge du Montenvers contact: +33 4 50 53 87 70
Room at the Terminal Neige-Refuge in Montenvers- lovely big rooms with wood-clad walls and everything to make your stay comfortable. Photo Sophie Molest iDavid Andre. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix
Room at the Terminal Neige-Refuge in Montenvers- lovely big rooms with wood-clad walls and everything to make your stay comfortable. Photo Sophie Molest David Andre. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix. Book your stay at the Refuge de Montenvers here.
You can also book yourself a night at the refuge. Book your stay at the Refuge de Montenvers- Mer de Glace here. 

o Le Panoramic at 2525 m – Le Brévent

Another place to go and have lunch with a view. Right on top of the Le Brévent cable car, so accessible for pedestrians and skiers. Serving Savoyarde specialties, as well as pasta, soup, steaks and foie gras.
Le Panoramic at Le Brévent. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Le Panoramic at Le Brévent. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Le Panoramic contact: +33 4 50 53 44 11

o Le Alpage de Balme in Vallorcine

Located near the top of the gondola, over the Aiguille des Posettes drag lifts. This is a classic mountain restaurant serving home cooked food. You should make a reservation as it is a foodie’s favourite.
Le Tour - L'Alpage de Balme. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Le Tour – L’Alpage de Balme. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Photo: Salome Abrial. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
L'Alpage de Balme in summer. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
L’Alpage de Balme in summer. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
L’ Alpage de Balme contact: + 33 683 33 86

o La Cremerie du Glacier in Argentiere.

Small wooden chalet near the bottom of the Pierre-a-Ric home run. You can access it on foot going through the access road from the bottom of the Grands Montets. Built by Georges Ravanel, who used to cut ice from the glacier to sell to local hotels and restaurants in 1926. It soon became a stop place for hikers around. It serves Savoyard specialties for lunch and dinner. From farçon to fondues, omelettes, gratins and croutes.
La Crèmerie du Glacier. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
La Crèmerie du Glacier. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Interior of La Crèmerie du Glacier. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Interior of La Crèmerie du Glacier. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
La Cremerie du Glacier contact: +33 4 50 54 07 52.

Après ski in Chamonix – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Many bars open from 5 p.m. to 1 or 2 a.m.
Some of them offer happy hours and live music in the main seasons. There is an international atmosphere in Cham, and that shows in its bars.

o Bars and lounges :

Les Caves – Le Privilège – Barberousse – Social Club – Bar d’Up – L’Alibi – Chambre 9 – Elevation 1904 – Moo – Munster – Monkey – Jekyll & Hyde – La Terrasse – MBC…

o Night Clubs :

L’Amnesia – Le Tof – Les Caves

o Others :

Casino Le Royal
Via Ferrata des Evettes. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Photo: Morgane Raylat. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Via Ferrata des Evettes. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Photo: Morgane Raylat. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Chamonix and its different ski areas – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Chamonix offer you a natural playground unique in the world, with breathtaking views. There are four ski areas to suit every skier. 170 km of skiing over 100 slopes. There are also four high altitude sites for sightseers, climbers, walkers.
  • Les Houches 950 – 1900 m : Ski through natural terrain on a wide plateau with a 360° panorama. Les Houches also offer a snow park and Nordic pistes. Forests and farmsteads and also the Verte des Houches. It hosts the Wold Cup every year, downhill and super combined.
Les Houches ski areaa. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Fabien Bravard. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Les Houches ski areaa. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Fabien Bravard. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
  • Brévent – Flégère 2000 – 2525 m : You access by a cable car and you get stunning views of the Mont-Blanc range and the Mer de Glace. The slopes are south-facing, so come here looking for sunshine. In summer there is lots of climbing, hiking and paragliding.
Le Brévent ski areaa. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Mont Blanc. Morgane Raylat.
Le Brévent ski areaa. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Mont Blanc. Morgane Raylat.
  • The Grands Montets 1230 – 3300 m : The place for expert and experienced skiers. They call it “Les Grands”. Legendary north-facing trails are available with impressive vertical drop. This area has given its fame to Chamonix. Snow cover here is remarkable until the end of the season. Remember that the top of the Grands Montets has closed and will continue so in 2020.
Lognan. Les Grands Montets. Photo: Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. S. Abrial. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Lognan. Les Grands Montets. Photo: Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. S. Abrial. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
  • Balme – Le Tour – Vallorcine 1480 – 2336 m : The place for families, and skiers and boarders of all abilities. Located in the border with Switzerland. You access it from the villages of Le Tour and Vallorcine. Here there are choices of wide, gentle pistes by the trees and exciting glades skiing. More experienced skiers and boarders will enjoy the outstanding off-piste opportunities.
Tête de Balme chairlift top station. Photo: J. Bozon. OT Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Tête de Balme chairlift top station. Photo: J. Bozon. OT Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Children and beginners will find several easier ski pistes down the valley. Check those close to the villages. Examples are Les Planards, Le Savoy, Les Chosalets, La Vormaine and Le Tourchet.

Two attractions you should take time to do:

 

Aiguille du Midi (3842 m).

Go for the scenery and discover what the high mountain has to offer. You can check my post on the Aiguille du Midi here. You can try the “Step into the Void”- walk into a transparent cage and look down if you are not afraid. Or access the famous glaciar off-piste Vallée Blanche route.

Step into the void- if you daare. Photo: Salome Abrial- TO Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Step into the void- if you daare. Photo: Salome Abrial- TO Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Aiguille du Midi. Photo credits. OT Chamonix. Salome Abrial. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Aiguille du Midi. Photo credits. OT Chamonix. Salome Abrial. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Departure to the Vallée Blanche from Aiguille du Midi. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Departure to the Vallée Blanche from Aiguille du Midi. Photo: Salome Abrial. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Telecabine Panoramic Mont Blanc. This cablecar connects Aiguille du Midi with Punta Helbronner in Italy. Photo: Salome Abrial. TO Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Telecabine Panoramic Mont Blanc. This cablecar connects Aiguille du Midi with Punta Helbronner in Italy. Photo: Salome Abrial. TO Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

 

Montenvers- Mer de Glace (1913)

You will understand the history of the mountain, also see the sad shrinking of the Mer de Glace. A staircase through the rocks shows you how fast the glacier has melted over the years. Don’t forget to go into the ice grotto, dug every summer.
The telecabine at the Mer de Glace. You can go down the stairs to better appreciate how fast the glacier is melting. Compagnie du Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The telecabine at the Mer de Glace. You can go down the stairs to better appreciate how fast the glacier is melting. Compagnie du Mont Blanc. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Montenvers. Mar de Glace. Photo: Morgane Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Montenvers. Mar de Glace. Photo: Morgane Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Transfer around the villages – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Guests staying at hotels, residences, gites and chalets in Chamonix will get FREE guest cards on arrival.
This card gives guests discounts, free buses and trains between Servos and Vallorcine. Also they get reduced rates at the municipal sporting and cultural attractions.
The local buses will transport you to the different ski areas and places in Chamonix valley. It runs every 10 or 30 minutes.
FREE LITTLE BUS DOWNTOWN – “LE MULET”
Every 20 mn – Free for everyone
NIGHT BUS – in the Chamonix valley – “CHAMO’NUIT”
From 20.50 to 23.30 everyday. 2 € / person / one-way ticket
Les Praz de Chamonix in winter. Photo: Celia Margerard. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Les Praz de Chamonix in winter. Photo: Celia Margerard. OT Vallée de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

How to ski the mountains in the Chamonix Valley – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

The ski areas in Chamonix cater to all ability levels.

· Beginners

Les Planards or Savoy or La Vormaine areas are for beginners. Also Les Houches is great for people starting to ski or board.
Les Planards. ESF Chamonix. The beginners' and kids' magic carpet. Photo: ESF Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Les Planards. ESF Chamonix. The beginners’ and kids’ magic carpet. Photo: ESF Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

· Intermediate

Les Houches, Brévent-Flégère and Le Tour ski areas are suitable for intermediates.

· Experts

The ski areas for intermediate offer options for experts. But the grand favourite for experts is the Grands Montets!
Ski de Randonnée Photo: Morgane Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Ski de Randonnée Photo: Morgane Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

· Off-piste

Skiers and boarders come every year to Cham attracted by its brilliant off-piste. Glaciers, steep couloirs, tree skiing, powder are available. All with the spectacular views of the Mont Blanc massif.
Note that off-piste is only for experienced skiers. Guides have to go with skiers or boarders going off-piste.
Vallée Blanche. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Salome Abrial. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Vallée Blanche. Photo: OT Vallée de Chamonix. Salome Abrial. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Ski Schools – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

There are twelve ski schools and thirteen mountain guides offices. You are spoilt for choice here.
It is possible to have private lessons or group lessons all day, half day or only 2 hours.
You can arrange beforehand your ski lesson by the app CheckYeti or SkiBro.

Rentals – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

I have an agreement with Skiset, so I would prefer if you use them. They have up to 50% off published rates and you can reserve your equipment before your trip.
Ski de Randonée. Photo: Christophe Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Ski de Randonée. Photo: Christophe Raylat. OT Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Ski Clothes Rental- Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

For those wanting to go to Chamonix to sightsee and go for one day up the mountain, they have the option to rent clothes.
  • Sanglard
  • O’Shop
  • Les Planards- Sports 2000
  • Poncet Sports

Where to sleep in Chamonix – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Chamonix has a vast offer as it is a big town. You can find hotels and residences from 1 to 5 stars.
Located in the heart of Chamonix, in a quiet street in the city center. It has been completely renovated by the famous interior designer Sybille de Margerie. A mixture of typical architectural style combines contemporary touch and mountain atmosphere.
Exterior of the Hôtel Mont Blanc Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior of the Hôtel Mont Blanc Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant at the Hôtel Mont Blanc. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant at the Hôtel Mont Blanc. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room at the Hôtel Mont Blanc. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room at the Hôtel Mont Blanc. Book your stay at the Hôtel Mont Blanc here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

o Le Hameau Albert 1er ***** (Relais et Châteaux)

This is one of the favourite hotels in Chamonix for many people. It is a property, divided in two buildings called L’Albert 1er and La Ferme. Each room at Le Hameau Albert Premier is very well decorated. Its 2 Michelin stars restaurant offers Savoyard specialties. The wellness centre has a hammam, hot tub, sauna and massage rooms. There is a free shuttle to the slopes, and you can walk to get to the Chamonix SCNF in 5 minutes.
The exterior and pool of the Hameau Albert 1er. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The exterior and pool of the Hameau Albert 1er. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix. Book your stay at L’Hameau Albert 1er here. 
A room at the Hameau Albert Premier. Book your stay at Le Hameau Albert 1er here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room at the Hameau Albert Premier. Book your stay at Le Hameau Albert 1er here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix. Book your stay at Le Hameau Albert 1er here. 
Spa at the Albert 1er Hameau Albert. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Spa at the Hameau Albert 1er. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix. Book your stay at Le Hameau Albert 1er here. 

o Grand Hôtel des Alpes *****

Located in the middle of town and 700 yards from the Aiguille du Midi funicular. A very elegant hotel with some rooms with wooden interiors and some more classic.
The lounge has lovely views of the Massif de Mont Blanc. They offer also a bar next to the fireplace. The hotel offers a well-appointed spa and wellness centre.
Exterior of the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior of the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The pool at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The pool at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes. Book your stay at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Modern and cozy décor next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car. This 4-star hotel has a great NUXE spa. Read my report of the hotel here. Great hotel for families, if you don’t mind your kids eating lots of sweets. The clue is in the name!
Exterior at L'Héliopic. Book your stay at L'Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior at L’Héliopic. Book your stay at L’Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A bedroom at L'Héliopic. Book your stay at L'Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A bedroom at L’Héliopic. Book your stay at L’Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The pool at L'Héliopic. Book your stay at L'Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The pool at L’Héliopic. Book your stay at L’Héliopic here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The concept of this hotel is ov the female alpinists. In this case of Isabelle Straton. She was the first female climbing the Mont-Blanc in winter in 1875. She did so with her guide Jean Esteril Charlet Starton.
Inside you will see elements of the history of these two alpinists,
This hotel is very spacious and comfortable. Most rooms have balcon over the Mont Blanc or the Chamonix mountains.
Exterior of the Hotel Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior of the Hotel Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Bistro, bar at the Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Bistro, bar at the Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant at the Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Restaurant at the Pointe Isabelle. Book your stay at the Pointe Isabelle here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Located in the middle of town. Great option for those not wanting to spend all their salary on the holiday. Rooms have wooden walls and are simple and clean. Many offer great views of the mountains. The hotel offers breakfast. The ski shuttle stop is 50 yards away from the entrance.
Exterior of the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Exterior of the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room with wood panelling at the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
A room with wood panelling at the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The breakfast room at the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
The breakfast room at the Hôtel Le Chamonix. Book your stay at the Hôtel Le Chamonix here. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.

Summer in Chamonix – Must-Read Guide to Chamonix

Summer in Chamonix is very popular. The town has lots of vibe and visitors. It is different from many other French resorts that do not attract visitors in that season. Here there are lots of international cultural and sporting events. Chamonix is the world of mountaineering so there is always something going on!
Trail running at Le Brèvent. Photo: Pascal Tournaire. OT Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Trail running at Le Brèvent. Photo: Pascal Tournaire. OT Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Golf country club at Chamonix valley. Photo: Golf de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Golf country club at Chamonix valley. Photo: Golf de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
You have up to 45 different activities adapted to all abilities.
Chamonix offers:
350km of trails
180 various itineraries
Some of the activities you can practice are:
o Paragliding
o Hiking
o Alpinism
o Climbing
o Via Ferrata
o Mountain Biking
o Canyoning
o Canoe
o Rafting
o Hydrospeed
o 18 whole Golf Course
Summer at the Arrgentière Glacier. Photo: Salome Abrial- OT Vallèe de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
Summer at the Arrgentière Glacier. Photo: Salome Abrial- OT Vallèe de Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
There are also several spas and a large QC Terme wellness Centre opened the other year. You can read my review of the QC Terme in Chamonix here.
QC Terme Chamonix. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
QC Terme Chamonix. Photo: QC Terme. Must-Read Guide to Chamonix.
If you want to visit the other side of the Mont Blanc for skiing and having a nice meal in Courmayeur on the mountain, read this guide to on-mountain dining in Courmayeur.  

You can search for your own accommodation in the snow for your next ski holiday through our Accommodation Search tabOr if looking to stay in the heart of the Mont Blanc Valley in the Aosta Valley, check Il Coure della Valdigne review here. This is our own family home in the mountains, that I am renting out when not using, you can always write me a private message if interested to info@the-ski-guru.com

Il Cuore della Valdigne. Stay at the Heart of the Valdigne to ski in Courmayeur, La Thuile and Pila/Aosta.
Il Cuore della Valdigne. Stay at the Heart of the Valdigne to ski in Courmayeur, La Thuile and Pila/Aosta.

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If you have some questions, contact us at info@the-ski-guru.com for more information.

If you want to take your family skiing and you don’t know where to start, read here. And search for your ski transfers from all airports to the Mountains here. And for those that are like me, that are lazy to cook, you can get your food, even gourmet mountain food delivered to your home with Huski.

If renting equipment (skis or snowboards)  check our agreement with Skiset– you can get up to 50% off ski or snowboard rental rates. I have been using them for years every year when I go to America  and Europe and they are great!

You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America. You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.

Featured Image: Winter in Chamonix- Photo credits: Salome Abrial. OT Chamonix. Must-Read guide to Chamonix 
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