When we hear Chamonix, we immediately think Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe sitting at an impressive 4810 meters. Cham’ is a destination popular all over the world. In the streets of this high-mountain town (yes town, not resort) you’ll meet people from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this ‘summit meeting’ share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics. The ski area is too big to handle in a single visit and offers literally every type of skiing experience you can possibly imagine (including the ones you can’t). The town has everything you will ever need. Chamonix can be a budget self-catered destination or offer a fit for royalty experience. The resort really can be whatever you want it to be and has something to offer all year round. O and just in case you weren’t aware, 90% of the ski area is above 2000 meters.
Access to over 400km of piste with the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass and 145km of piste with Chamonix Le Pass | Access to Mont Blanc Glacier | Highest mountain in Europe | Highest ski run at 3842 meters | 90% of ski runs above 2000m | Huge selection of accommodation and all levels of luxury | Chamonix is a town and not just a resort, meaning it has so much more to offer in terms of restaurants, bars and clubs | Just over 1.5 hours from Geneva Airport | Glacier tunnel tour.
With the Chamonix ski pass, you have access to 145km of piste all accessible by lift from the heart of the town. With the Chamonix pass, you can reach top runs of 2765 meters and access all different levels of runs including off piste and brilliant treelined skiing. With the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, you may as well be in an entirely different resort. With this pass you have access to 410km of piste & 123 lifts. Including the l’aiguille du Midi life which will take you as high as 3842 meters.
The most important thing to remember here is that you’re not in a ski resort, you are in a ski town. The number of bars and clubs is incomparable to most other ski resorts. Whatever part of the town that you are in, you will find a number of excellent drinking spots and then late night clubs to continue the session. Whilst it might not be everyone’s cup of tea travelling to different parts of Chamonix, we highly recommend making the effort and experiencing everything Chamonix has to offer.
Chamonix is part of the Haute-Savoie region in the Rhone-Alpes. It is located in France, near the borders of both Italy and Switzerland. The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva Airport, which is 100km away and about an hour’s transfer.
Lyon Airport is 220km away and around a 2h30 transfer.
Alternative Ski Activities
As Chamonix is a town, there is a lot to do here, especially as it is located at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. Visitors can take a 2 stage cable car up to Aiguille du Midi at 3482m. From the top you can see the views of Mont Blanc and 360 views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. There is also the Tramway du Mont Blanc up to the Mer de Glace glacier at 1913m. You can even enter an ice cave carved into the Mer de Glace.
Chamonix caters for all levels of skiers and boarders but remember, this is not a ski-in / ski-out resort and you will have to travel to each ski area. The 5 different ski areas in Chamonix all offer something different, from the low resort base of 1,035m to the top lift at 3,842m. Gentle beginner’s runs, steep intermediate runs, ample off-piste and freestyle slopes, it has it all. Also included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass is the resort of Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland.
Is This Resort For Me?
Chamonix is a resort that some people will absolutely fall in love with to the point where you never want to consider another resort again. You have a big town offering everything you could possibly need in terms of accommodation, bars, restaurant and clubs. Then you have a ski area that offers both expanse and altitude in the bucket loads. However in order to really get the most out of the resort requires a bit of travelling around and for some this won’t be their cup of tea. Whilst the shuttle connections and lifts make light work of getting around Chamonix, having to travel up to the slopes (compared to most ski-in / ski-out resorts), might not be the first choice of some skiers. So if you’re one of those skiers that likes to have everything on your doorstep and the ability to ski straight back to your accommodation, then maybe this isn’t the resort for you. Nevertheless, we love Chamonix and even if it is just the once, reckon it is somewhere you most certainly need to visit during your skiing life.