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Chamonix-Mont-BlancFrance

Known for its wintersports and stunning scenery, this famous town in the French Alps also delights with stores, spas, restaurants and summertime activities.

Glaciers, jagged snowcapped peaks and miles of ski slopes have made Chamonix-Mont-Blanc one of Europe’s best-known ski areas. The alpine town is situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak. Come for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountaineering and hill walking in the summer.

You can find ski areas for all experience levels spread across three mountainsides. Ski the beautiful Vallée Blanche glacier, Chamonix’s off-piste ski run. Hire a guide from one of the operators in town to take you.

Non-skiers can go ice climbing, ride on a ski-cab or walk along 10 miles (17 kilometers) of trails. Climb aboard the little red train for a scenic trip on the Montenvers Mountain Railway to the base of the Mer de Glace glacier. Walk through the ice grotto that has been cut into the glacier.

Ride a gondola to the summit of Aiguille du Midi. From the viewing platform, watch skiers descend Vallée Blanche. If you are brave enough, Step into the Void, a glass platform that hangs over the mountain and offers incredible views. Access to Step into the Void is included in the price of the cable car ticket to the summit of Aiguille du Midi.

There are plenty of attractions away from the ski runs. Go shopping, pamper yourself at a spa and learn about the area’s history at Musée Alpin. Visit Chamonix’s tearooms, live music bars, international restaurants and nightclubs, or try your luck at the casino. Try traditional Swiss cuisine such as raclette, a dish made with melted cheese and rösti, which is fried, grated potato.

Chamonix offers plenty to do in the summer. Hike along mountain and valley trails, and learn how to paraglide, play golf and scale mountain peaks.

Geneva International Airport is the main gateway to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and is 64 miles (103 kilometers) from the town. Get around by renting a car or electric bike, or by public transportation. Chamonix experiences snow from November until as late as June. In the summer, it is hot and sunny in the valleys but cooler higher up.

Where to stay in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc featuring mountains and snow

Chamonix City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(163 area reviews)

Chamonix City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for its picture-perfect mountain views, relaxing spas and popular ski slopes. You might want to check out attractions like Aiguille du Midi Cable Car or Chamonix Church while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Chamonix City Centre
Les Bossons, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

Les Bossons

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

Skiing and mountain views are notable features of Les Bossons. You might consider stopping by Bossons Glacier while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Les Bossons

Top hotels in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa
Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
The price is £81 per night

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sea of Ice, Aiguille du Midi Cable Car and Les Houches Ski Resort. Aiguille du Midi and Mont ...

4.3/5Excellent! (395 reviews)

"I really liked the fact that the hotel is outside of Chamonix and a bit more quiet and secluded with fantastic views.However there were plenty of buses to access the town and slopes when needed."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa
Mercure Chamonix Les Bossons
Mercure Chamonix Les Bossons
4 out of 5
59 Route de Vers le Nant, Les Bossons, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie
The price is £88 per night

This family-friendly Chamonix-Mont-Blanc hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Les Houches Ski Resort and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. Sea ...

4.1/5Very Good! (658 reviews)

"Very good hotel at the base of Mont Blanc. Great public spaces and swimming pool ( super kid friendly) with a view of the mountains right behind the hotel. Rooms were a bit small and slightly dated but the location and service was great. Good level of cleanliness to reassure guests in the middle ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Mercure Chamonix Les Bossons
Pointe Isabelle
Pointe Isabelle
3 out of 5
165, Avenue Michel Croz, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night

Located in Chamonix City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casino Barriere Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. Montenvers Tram and Chamonix ...

4.4/5Excellent! (226 reviews)
Lovely hotel in downtown area.

"What a wonderful hotel! I've stayed in Chamonix before, and I just assumed that all rooms in town were small, but I was pleasantly surprised when our room at Pointe Isabelle had plenty of space to move around, a lovely bathroom, and even decently sized balcony. The breakfast was reasonably priced ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Pointe Isabelle

Popular places to visit in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Mont Blanc
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Mont Blanc

5/5(129 reviews)

Western Europe’s highest peak is a hub for extreme sports enthusiasts, while its bustling base town offers all the amenities for a perfect European ski holiday. 

Aiguille du Midi
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Aiguille du Midi

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Aiguille du Midi, a well-known green space in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's spas or seek out its ski slopes.

Sea of Ice
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Sea of Ice

5/5(6 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Sea of Ice, a top ski area in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's mountain views and lively bars.

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
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Aiguille du Midi Cable Car

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, a top ski area in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the area's mountain views and spas.

Brevent-Flegere Ski Area
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Brevent-Flegere Ski Area

Hit the slopes in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with a visit to Brevent-Flegere Ski Area. Discover the mountain views and spas in this walkable area.

Chamonix Church
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Chamonix Church

4/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc when you take a trip to Chamonix Church. Discover the area's spas or seek out its ski slopes.

Top things to do in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

£176
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc Independant Flexible Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Independant Flexible Tour

£66
Per adult
Full-Day Guided Tour : Chamonix & Geneva Citytours
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Full-Day Guided Tour : Chamonix & Geneva Citytours

£130
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour

£84
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc-Paraglide-Aiguille du Midi(optional)
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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc-Paraglide-Aiguille du Midi(optional)

£246
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Transfer from Chamonix to Geneva Airport
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Private Transfer from Chamonix to Geneva Airport

£222
Per adult

Reviews of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62.698412698412696%
4 - Good
36
4 - Good 28.571428571428573%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 8.73015873015873%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Overall generally good to Ski in Chamonix and plenty on offer in the evenings too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

Great place for weekend ski breaks, 50 minutes from Geneva airport and lots of ski resort choices.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Very good skiing. Definitely need a car though as the ski areas are spread out. There are buses, but I imagine that is a pain. The city is great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Feb 2020

Very nice, go every year. Watch out for dog drippings as that is the only negative.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

The ski area was too small and not well-connected.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Too many $$$$ heads around in the winter.

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