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Chamonix Valley

Overview:

One name synonymous with skiing in France is Chamonix, Widely considered to be the extreme sports capital of the world, this sleepy town in the Southern Alpes attracts a myriad of different visitors. It is easy to see why when you take in the scenery surrounding this picturesque valley. Although the landscape lends itself to those looking for adventure on the edge, the same winter playground is accessible to travelers of all ages and experience levels.

If you wish to take the pace a little slower you could catch the cable car to the top of Mont Blanc and enjoy a meal on the observation deck. Here the view is truly awe inspiring I can assure you that you will not want to leave.

When the day draws to a close, relax and take in the atmosphere in one of the many bars or cafe's in the valley. The nightlife is just as varied as the visitors to this area with cafe's alongside traditional and themed bars from all over Europe, to the nightclubs for those who want to continue the festivities. There really is something for everyone.

Other Activities Include:

  • Climbing
  • Glacier Hiking
  • Cable Cars
  • Cycling
  • Snow shoes\hiking
  • Paragliding

For details on all of the activities above please refer to the Chamonix website: http://www.chamonix.com

Apres Ski:

When the lifts close Chamonix comes alive as skiers descend upon the valley. With 14 bars, several discoteques and over 80 restaurants; the businesses in Chamonix cater for all tastes and budgets.

The world famous spa town of Evian is only two hours by car. The village is set in some of the best wildlife and nature reserves in France and offers a traditional alpine village experience. Recently the town has expanded to include a luxury spa and hotels which blend into their sleepy surroundings. Perfect for a little rest and relaxation apres ski.

Dine at altitude, in one of the several restaurants located up the valley. Offering outstanding views and cuisine 'Le Panoramic' is a popular choice for skiers in the know. Or, for bragging rights travel to 'Le 3842' which is the highest restaurant in Europe.

Why not relax on les bossons chair lift, ascending to 1425m and explore one of the largest glaciers in Europe. En route take in the exceptional views of the valley and mountains a truly breath taking experience.

Resort Facts:

  • Snow Range: Unknown
  • Village Heights: Unknown
  • Highest Lift: 3842m
  • Longest run: 22Km
  • Slopes face: N S E W
  • Snow Cannons: Unknown
  • Maximum Height: 3842m
  • Largest vertical drop: 2807m

Piste and lift information:

  • Green runs: Unknown
  • Blue runs: 18
  • Red runs: 27
  • Black runs: 8
  • Total Lifts: 49
  • Drag lifts: 19
  • Chair lifts: 16
  • Cabin Lifts: 13

Winter activities:

  • Snowparks: 1

Ski hire and lift passes:

Lift passes for the Chamonix area will cost from 36 euros each day which rises to 205 euros for a week pass. An unlimited pass for the whole Mont Blanc area will cost slightly more.

Travel:

In the heart of the Northern Alps, Chamonix Mont-Blanc lies at the crossroads of three countries and benefits from an international communication network. Within easy reach of all major European capitals, Chamonix is only 25 minutes from both Italy via the Mont-Blanc Tunnel and Switzerland over the Col des Montets. A day's shopping in either country becomes a real pleasure.

For more information regarding busses in this area visit: http://www.sbb.ch/en

Accomodation:

Please visit our rental section for accommodation in this area, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Alternatively, hotels are available through our hotel partners please click here for further information.

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