Winter is coming, the slopes are calling, and the hot chocolate is waiting for you at the cafe at the top of the piste.
Yes, ski season is almost upon us, and the magical French resort of Chamonix is waiting for you.
Situated along the French border with Switzerland and Italy, this charming resort is one of the top destinations in the world, with slopes for every ability and every age.
A charming French town
In the shadow of the infamous Mont Blanc, the resort boasts a quaint, charming and traditional town centre, with shops, restaurant, bars and cafes galore.
No matter where you stay, be it chalet or hotel, everything is easily accessible with ski lifts shooting up the valley at various points around the town. Get the local piste map from Piste Pro on your mobile to find your way around the mountains hassle-free. The map will direct you around the 33 pistes and up the 21 ski lifts with ease. The famous snow park also makes for a great a family fun-filled morning out.
Try your hand at snowboarding, skiing, or snowshoeing – and make your way to neighbouring resorts like Le Tour and Les Houches.
Steeped in history
As one of the oldest ski resorts in France, Chamonix is steeped in rich history – and even hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
From the raclette and fondue to the local meats and fresh French breads and pastries, Chamonix is a culinary dream – and you’ll never be short of somewhere delicious to eat.
Hitting the powder
Expect fresh powdery snow and bluebird skies as you lap up the atmosphere in this magical town, which is one of the best ski resorts in the world.
Find the best slopes and route out your ski days using the piste map which will direct you to slopes suitable for every level.
With great bus and rail services, the resort is easy to access for any major airport in the vicinity. The resort has one of the highest cable cars in the world offering outstanding views across the Alpes and beyond.
On your rest day, why not try the rack-and-pinion railway, which goes from Chamonix to Montenvers at an altitude of 1,913 m. Once there, you’ll be greeted with breath-taking views of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses – a sight not to be missed. Here, you can take a tour of the magical ice caves, before returning to town for supper.
It’s a magical hideaway not to be missed.