Chamonix–Mont-Blanc or simply Chamonix is one of the world’s most famous ski destinations.
The commune is situated in the south – eastern part of France and is home to about 10000 permanent residents, just at the French entrance of the Mont Blanc road tunnel.
The town was put on the world ski map after hosting the first Winter Olympics in 1924
As part of the mountain range nearby Chamonix is the highest peak in Europe – Mont Blanc at 4809m above sea level.
This makes the region even more popular for mountaineering and hiking as well as skiing.
The closest to get to the summit without hiking or climbing is by cable car to The Aiguille du Midi at 3842m above sea level.
This is the highest mountain peak served by aerial lift system.
The Aiguille du Midi is very popular attraction with nearly half a million visitors per year.
The cable car leaves from the centre of Chamonix at 1035m and has the worlds highest vertical ascend of 2807m to the hight of 3842m
Once at the Aiguille du Midi, you can continue the journey via the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car which connects France and Italy. This is 5km journey across the Mont Blanc Massif, from the Aiguille du Midi to Point Helbronner and then to La Palud area of Courmayeur, Italy.
The best way to explore and get the most of the mountain, also depending on your level of proficiency in mountaineering and skiing, is to hire a professional guide or ski instructor.
Chamonix is on the “must visit” list of every dedicated skier and snowboarder.
There are 4 skiing areas on the valley that attract enthusiasts from all over the world to test their skills.
The beautiful Vallée Blanche, Chamonix’s well known off-piste ski route of 20km is something that every skier should experience, partially for the lovely terrain with vertical descend of 2700m as well as the fascinating view of the Alps.
For snowboarders the place to visit is Grands Montets Summit Snowpark.
The pistes are spread over three slopes – the Argentière glacier, Lognan and the Pendant.
A video system has been installed to catch the best jumps, flips and modules on your run down.
Chamonix has plenty to offer also to summer visitors.
Trekking and hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding or just taking an easy walk from the town itself will allow you to appreciate the lovely views of the valley and surrounding peaks.
The centre of Chamonix is traffic free zone and offers many cafés, restaurants and shops.
Attracting visitors all year round the town became cosmopolitan, colourful and buzzy place.
Chamonix is 100 km or about 1h 15min drive from the closest – Geneva Airport.
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