In general Chamonix is a challenging resort and there is far more range for advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders as opposed to beginners and learners.
The Ski Pass Mont Blanc area houses Chamonix as well as other resorts so when visiting Chamonix you have access to a staggering 490 pistes and the opportunity to catch certain Lift Passes so you can explore the other resorts in the area, including Le Tour, Argentiere and St Gervais Mont-Blanc.
As well as these pistes there is also the famous 20km ski run that slaloms through some of the most astounding mountains and glaciers. And with 49 ski lifts at Chamonix, able to carry about 50,000 people every hour, so your time on the slopes won’t be spent waiting around but enjoying the incredible scenery and adventurous terrain. The town also has a Snow Park that play host to a number of competitions throughout the year too.
Restaurants in the area
The town is lively and offers around 100 restaurants and eateries to choose from. There are plenty of chances to indulge in some traditional cuisine including local cheeses, cured meat, potatoes and cream. For traditional savoyard dishes it’s worth dining out at Maison Carrier, Le Dahu Restaurant, and for a contemporary twist try Le Cap-Horn.
At the upper end of the fine dining scale, and the upper end of the scale in terms of prices too is the Albert Premier Restaurant located in the Hameau de Albert Premier hotel, La Baita Restaurant homed by the Hotel Prieure, and Casa Valerio is well known for it’s deliciously authentic Italian pizzas.
But, because Chamonix is such a well-known resort and equally popular, it caters to almost every taste and provides an array of different cuisines from all over the world; such as Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Indian.
Bars and clubs in the area
After the lifts close and the day of skiing and boarding comes to an end Chamonix boasts a great range of pubs, bars and clubs – some of which that are very much open and thriving right until the early hours of the morning.
Slalom bar is great for chilling out, unwinding and socialising with friends and other holiday-makers in a laid-back and cosy atmosphere.
Le Privilege has a similar vibe and can conveniently be found right in the centre of Chamonix town.Chambre 9 is a great place to head out to of an afternoon and you might even find yourself staying until closing. As well as being able to grab some lunch, and one of their highly recommended burgers, you can stay on for a lively atmosphere later in the evening and meet some of the locals and fellow skiers alike.For a taster of Chamonix’s wilder side in terms of nightlife then Wild Wallabies is a must; a hedonistic, high-energy spot. L’Amnesia Nightclub is also ideal for the party-goers and those in search of a fun-filled night out with a loud mix of Electro and House played all night long. Le Vert and Ice Rock Cafe are also firm favourites.
What the area has to offer and other ski apres
Chamonix doesn’t disappoint when it comes to ski apres – there’s so much to do in the area. There’s a cinema nearby, a casino, a leisure park, a bowling alley, a choice of museums and Geneva is only a hours drive away.
The Vox Cinema is relatively small, with a choice of three screens, but the films on offer are varied so whether you’re a family, a couple, or a group of friends it’s likely you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.
If you feel like splashing the cash, placing some bets, and working out your odds then head to the local Casino Barriere; home to gambling tables, slot machines, Black Jack and more.
Parc de loisirs de Chamonix is a leisure park at the bottom of Mont Blanc and is ideal for a fun-filled day out for the whole family. There are slides, play areas, toboggans, rides and much more.
There are some wonderful museums, libraries and galleries in the area; Musee des Cristaux – Espace Tairraz is a site museum exhibiting Mont Blanc’s stunning minerals. Musee Alpin is a beautiful building that’s home to all the records or Chamonix’s history and development.
La Vallee Blanche, Auberge du Bois Prin
The best time to visit
For a summer visit between July and September is perfect. For winter sports between January and March.