A Chamonix Mont Blanc Getaway
The Chamonix valley
Great tall peaks and rocky spires cloaked with glistening glaciers all year round shoot up on both north and south aspects to create the rather unique Chamonix Valley. To the north lies the beautiful mountain ranges of the Aiguilles Rouges, Brevent and Le Buet and to the South none other than the Mont Blanc Massif itself. These stunning mountain ranges offer exceptional viewpoints stretching the length of the Chamonix Valley, which are accessible to all reached either mechanically by use of the lifts or by one’s own steam in various forms throughout the year.
Whatever you decide it won’t be long before you find yourself immersed in the majestic beauty of the spectacular Mont Blanc Region.Â There is a reason why Chamonixâ€™s peaks are one of the most visited natural sites in Europe and continues to attract millions of visitors and thousands of mountaineers every year. Summiting Mont Blanc is a dream desired by many amateur mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Apart from the obvious off piste potential that the Chamonix Valley has to offer, explained in more detail on our Skiing information page, Chamonix is also the central European hub more many other sporting and cultural activities and events. The superb and uniqually steep spired granite hosting challenging and beautiful routes on all faces attracts climbers from all over the world.
With over 500 km of maintained hiking trails and a number of dedicated trail running paths from relaxed valley floor strolls through the forest beside the glacial rivers to exposed technical scrambling on high alpine traverses there is something to suit all abilities and tastes.
Chamonix is well established when it comes to good food with a number of Michelin starred restaurants and notable gourmet establishments to its name. Experience the traditional regional Savoyard food based on readily sourced local produce available of potatoes, cheese and cured meats in various forms. Relish a raclette, give into temptation for a tartiflette or fancy a Facon, all will be waiting for you. With the cosmopolitan and diverse nature of Chamonix you will also find a variety of other foreign inspired cuisine including Italian, Asian, Japanese, Indian and Mexican. For a more detailed insight into the best restaurants in the Chamonix Valley why not take a look at our Food and Wine Guide.
Chamonix Night Life
Chamonix may not what many consider a traditional apres ski scene on or at the bottom of the piste donning complete ski gear, boots and all but it makes up for this with effort and style in the villages and towns. Chamonix has one of the liveliest apres ski scenes around waiting for you as soon as you depart the slopes after a day at altitude. From dancing on the table madness on the Avenue Michel Croz, chic sophisticated wine bars of the Rue des Moulins and enough live entertainment to keep you occupied well into the early hours. For a more detailed guide to find out the best apres venue for you then check out our Chamonix Apres Guide.
Chamonixâ€™s Prime Locations
The Chamonix Valley is over 16km in length hosting tiny secluded hamlets such as Les Tines, to the charming village of ArgentiÃ©re, to the lively bustling town centre itself. Chamonix Chalets have a vast selection of luxury chalets and apartments on offer throughout.
Chamonix Centre you will predominantly find a selection of apartments in the thick of the action with only a handful of chalets. The large prestigious and sought after chalets can be found in the surrounding suburbs of Les Praz, Le Bois and Les Bossons boasting magnificent views, exclusive privacy and vast grounds to play in.
For the ski in ski out enthusiasts you will find slopeside delights in Les Houches and access to Chamonix popular Grands Montets Ski area from the village of Â Argentiere. If the serene quiet life is what you’re looking for a beautiful alpine lodge retreat is the traditional alpine farming lands of vallorcine and le tour are what you could be looking for. Search for your perfect Chamonix chalet or apartment with our online search tool here.