Located at the base of Mont Blanc mountain range, dominated by giants rising to 4000 meters on one side and 3000 meters on the other, bordering Switzerland and Italy, Chamonix enjoys an exceptional location that has earned it the nickname “world capital of skiing and mountaineering.”

 

Base Camp for the ascent of Mont Blanc (4810 meters), the third most visited natural site in the world, Chamonix is a very cosmopolitan town that has kept its authenticity through a mountain culture whose roots date back more than two centuries.

 

Gathering place of travelers and adventurers from all backgrounds, Chamonix and its neighboring villages are a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. Both in summer and winter, exploring the high mountain glaciers or walking the mountain trails, the valley is a gateway to a unique and majestic site for lovers of country walks or for thrill seekers.

 

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Activities

Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing is the perfect sport for everyone who loves the sensation of gliding on snow and wants to venture off into magical scenery for a total sensory escape.
Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular Nordic ski-type winter sports. It’s popular in Northern Europe, Canada, and Russia, most particularly around Eastern Europe and Alaska. Cross-country skiing can be practiced not only on flat or hilly snowy terrain, but also off established tracks.

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Dog sledding
Dog sledding

Discover another way to enjoy the slopes with animal companions. You’ll be pulled by dogs off the beaten path in complete respect for the environment.
In the heart of the Alps, enjoy this winter activity originating from the ancestral traditions of the Inuit. In this land of mountainous majesty, you’ll make a dream come true: pull a team of sled dogs guided by a “Musher”. You’ll drive a team of 3 or 4 dogs (depending on the options offered by the service provider).

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Downhill skiing in the Vallée Blanche
Downhill skiing in the Vallée Blanche

Vallée Blanche is an off-piste Mont Blanc ski descente of more than 20 kilometres. Accessible from the cable cars of the Aiguille du Midi, you’ll descend the whole way on skis, all the way to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (1050 metres). Strong skiers can make their descent on this renowned alpine glacial track on Mont Blanc.

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Ice climbing
Ice climbing

In the heart of the mountains you’ll be plunged into a dreamy and magical world of ice. The mountain is asleep under the snows when winter sets in, and summer’s waterfalls are frozen in the frigid air…and for ice waterfall lovers, nothing could be more captivating.

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Mont Blanc climb
Mont Blanc climb

Chamonix is the capital of mountaineering. This quaint city is dominated by majestic Mont Blanc, which stands tall at 4810 metres. Ever since Jacques Balmat and Michel Gabriel Paccard first reached the summit in 1786, the heights of Mont Blanc are among the most coveted in the world. There’s no question about it: climbing Mont Blanc is true mountaineering adventure.

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Nordic skiing
Nordic skiing

Nordic Ski Touring is an outdoor sport consisting of accelerated walking with walking poles. The principle is simple: you simply accentuate the natural movement of the arms during the trek and propel the body forward using the poles to go faster and farther.

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Paragliding
Paragliding

Try a new aerial adventure and enjoy the wonders of paragliding for an unforgettable experience in flight.

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Skijoring
Skijoring

Skijoring is a new form of skiing. It’s a sport that combines skiing and harness riding. In a tradition hailing from the Great North, the skier is harnessed behind a horse or pony (for kids), and connected to the animal with a strong cord (harness) so it’s easy to stear. This activity can be enjoyed in packed snow, on dedicated tracks, or circuits. This is 100% natural and takes you off the beaten path.

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Snowboarding
Snowboarding

If you are looking for some true excitement, try out the joys of snowboarding. Take time to enjoy the sensations and work on your finer snowboarding techniques.

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Snowmobile riding
Snowmobile riding

Experience the joy of zooming through the snow on a motorised machine! If you love thrills and excitement and enjoy motorised adventures, you simply can’t beat the sensation of snowmobiling.

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Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an ancient practice that originated with the natives of North America. They used snowshoes for winter hunting expeditions.

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Speed riding
Speed riding

Speed riding is one of the latest ways to discover the wonders of the mountain under a whole new light, combining paragliding and skiing, alternating between sliding and flying for the best of both worlds.

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Access

BY PLANE

Genève-Cointrin Airport (88 km from Chamonix) – daily shuttle by bus : +33 4 50 53 01 15 SAT
Lyon-St Exupéry Airport (220km from Chamonix) : +33 4 72 22 72 21
Annecy-Meythet Airport (90 km) : +33 4 50 27 30 06

BY PLANE
BY CAR

Autoroute blanche A40 Genève-Chamonix or Grenoble-Chambéry-Chamonix, Exit Chamonix Sud
Drinving conditions : +33 4 50 53 05 51

BY CAR
BY TRAIN

Direct access with the TGV at St-Gervais-Le Fayet station (15mn away from Chamonix by taxi or bus).
SNCF : 08 36 35 35 35.

BY TRAIN
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