Mont Blanc is among Europe’s most iconic peaks. This 15,781-foot (4,810-meter) playground for thrill-seekers attracts visitors for extreme skiing, ice climbing, paragliding and other exhilarating activities. For something a little more low-key, relax in sophisticated Chamonix, a base town for activities around Mont Blanc. Dine in chic restaurants, browse high-end boutiques and experience the town’s exciting nightlife scene.
Ride the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and ski the famous Vallée Blanche powder continuing onto the Mer de Glace glacier. This 12-mile (20-kilometer) run is one of the longest off-piste runs in the world. Arrange a guide for safe skiing.
Make the invigorating climb with ice picks and crampons to the summit of Mont Blanc. One popular route begins at the Tramway du Mont Blanc, then ascending from the Nid d’Aigle. This hike is geared toward seasoned mountaineers and should be undertaken with the help of a guide.
A lower altitude option is hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 106-mile (170-kilometer) circuit of the mountain, which crosses through France, Switzerland and Italy with highest elevations of about 8,700 feet (2,700 meters). The hike typically takes between 8 and 12 days to complete.
Try skiing at a number of excellent resorts surrounding Mont Blanc on both sides of the Chamonix Valley. Sunny Brévent-Flégère offers gorgeous views of Mont Blanc across the valley and a wide variety of slopes suitable for all abilities. For a greater challenge, head to Argentière-Les Grands Montets to take on some of the region’s steepest terrain.
At night, discover dining and nightlife in Chamonix. Find diverse restaurants, bars and a casino along the banks of the Arve River, beautifully contrasting against Mont Blanc and its neighboring peaks.
To reach Mont Blanc, take one of the regular buses to Chamonix that run from Geneva airport year-round. Alternatively, most trains coming from other regions of Switzerland and France stop in the nearby villages of Saint-Gervais or Martigny. The ski areas in the Chamonix Valley are linked by a bus system, which is typically free with a lift ticket. Enjoy your trip to this buzzing winter sports destination.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Les Houches hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Bellevue Cable Car, Prarion Gondola and Lake Gaillands. Bossons Glacier and Parc de Merlet are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located near the slopes, this Chamonix City Centre hotel is in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, Casino Barriere Chamonix and Chamonix Alpine Museum. Le Brevent Cable Car and Chamonix Church are also within 15 minutes.
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Les Bossons hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Bossons Glacier, Bellevue Cable Car and Parc de Merlet. Planpraz Tram and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in the mountains, this chalet is close to Parc de Merlet, Bellevue Cable Car and Bossons Glacier. Local attractions also include Prarion Gondola and Grands Bois.
Located near the slopes, this Chamonix City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Casino Barriere Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi Cable Car and Planpraz Tram. Planards Adventure Park is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
Located near the slopes, this Chamonix City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains and within a 15-minute walk of Centre Commercial Alpina, Planpraz Tram and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. Planards Adventure Park is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this resort is close to Parc de Merlet, Bellevue Cable Car and Bossons Glacier. Local attractions also include Aiguille du Midi Cable Car and Planpraz Tram.
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Les Bossons bed & breakfast is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Bossons Glacier, Parc de Merlet and Bellevue Cable Car. Planpraz Tram and Aiguille du Midi Cable Car are also within 3 miles (5 km).