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Coordinates: 45°55′23″N 6°52′11″E / 45.9230555556°N 6.86972222222°E / 45.9230555556; 6.86972222222

Commune of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix Valley seen from the south
Chamonix is located in France
Country France
Region Rhône Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Bonneville
Canton Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Intercommunality Pays du Mont-Blanc
Mayor Éric Fournier
Elevation 995–4,810 m (3,264–15,781 ft)
(avg. 1,035 m/3,396 ft)
Land area1 245.46 km2 (94.77 sq mi)
Population2 9,514  (2006)
 - Density 39 /km2 (100 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 74056/ 74400
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or, more commonly, Chamonix (French pronunciation: [ʃamɔni]) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. The commune's population of around 9,800 ranks 865th within the nation of France[1].

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix shares both the summit of Mont Blanc and the title of highest commune in France with its neighboring commune, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. The commune is well known and loved by skiers and by mountain athletes of all types. Mont Blanc, at a height of 4,810 metres, is the third most visited natural site in the world[2]. This lends the area a notably cosmopolitan atmosphere. With an area of 245 square kilometres, Chamonix is the fourth largest commune in mainland France.






The commune of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc includes 16 villages and hamlets. From north to south: Le Tour (1462 m[3]), Montroc, Le Planet, Argentière (1252 m[3]), Les Chosalets, Le Lavancher, Les Tines, Les Bois, Les-Praz-de-Chamonix (1060 m[3]), Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Les Pècles, Les Mouilles, Les Barrats, Les Pélerins, Les Gaillands, and Les Bossons (1012 m[3]).

Mountain sports

Chamonix is a popular winter sports resort town in France. As the highest European mountain west of Russia, Mont Blanc holds a special allure for mountain climbers, and Mark Twight has described the town as "the death-sport capital of the world" because Chamonix serves as an ideal playground for almost all types of outdoor activity, especially in their more extreme variants, such as ice climbing, rock climbing, extreme skiing, paragliding, rafting, and canyoning.

Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842 m). Constructed in 1955 it was then the highest cable car in the world. Together with a cable car system going up to the Point Helbronner (3462 m) from Entréves in the Aosta Valley (Italy) it is possible to cross the entire Mont Blanc Massif by cable car.

In the summer months Chamonix is a mecca for alpine mountaineers, drawn to the area by challenges like the north face of the Dru, the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi, traversing the Alps on the legendary GR 5 footpath or more accessible challenges like summitting Mont Blanc (by a number of possible routes).

Apart from high-mountain summer sports, Chamonix is also a destination for the hardcore mountain biker. As well as the obvious lift-assisted areas for Freeriders there are hundreds of kilometres of challenging hidden singletrack trails - often only found with the help of guides.

The west face of the Petit Dru above the Chamonix valley near the Mer de Glace

Chamonix is also a haven for advanced skiing and snowboarding. The Vallée Blanche glacier runs down from below Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Aiguille du Midi to the valley. This spectacular route can be skied or snowboarded, though care should be exercised due to crevasses. Aside from that, the valley has about six separate ski areas, including Le Brévent (a short but steep walk from the town centre), La Flégère (at Les Praz), Les Planards (ski area for beginners and early intermediates), Les Grands Montets (at Argentière) and Domaine de Balme (at Le Tours). Many of these provide challenging terrain, especially off-piste, with runs down to Switzerland.

There is also a ski resort at Les Houches.


The valley was first mentioned in 1091, when it was granted by the Count of the Genevois to the great Benedictine house of St. Michel de la Cluse, near Turin, which by the early 13th century had established a priory there. However, in 1786 the inhabitants bought their freedom from the canons of Sallanches, to whom the priory had been transferred in 1519.

In 1530, the inhabitants obtained from the Count of the Genevois the privilege of holding two fairs a year, while the valley was often visited by the civil officials and by the bishops of Geneva (first recorded visit in 1411, while St. Francis de Sales came there in 1606). But travellers for pleasure were very rare.

Horace-Benedict de Saussure monument at Chamonix. Beside him is Jacques Balmat.

The first party to publish (1744) an account of their visit was that of Dr. Richard Pococke, Mr. William Windham and other Englishmen who visited the Mer de Glace in 1741. In 1742 came P. Martel and several other Genevese, in 1760 H.B. de Saussure, and rather later Marc Th. Bourrit.

The growth of tourism in the early 19th century led to the formation of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix in 1821, to regulate access to the mountain slopes (which were communally or co-operatively owned), and this association held a monopoly of guiding from the town until it was broken by French government action in 1892; thereafter guides were required to hold a diploma issued by a commission dominated by civil servants and members of the French Alpine Club rather than local residents.

From the late 19th century on, tourist development was dominated by national and international initiatives rather than local entrepreneurs, though the local community was increasingly dependent upon and active in the tourist industry.

The commune successfully lobbied to change its name from Chamonix to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in 1916. However, following the loss of its monopoly, the Compagnie reformed as an association of local guides, and retained an important role in local society; it provided the services of a friendly society to its members, and in the 20th century many of them were noted mountaineers and popularisers of mountain tourism, for example the novelist Roger Frison-Roche, the first member of the Compagnie not to be born in Chamonix.

The holding of the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924 further raised Chamonix's profile as an international tourist destination.

By the 1960s, agriculture had been reduced to a marginal activity, while the number of tourist beds available rose to around 60,000 by the end of the 20th century, with about 5 million visitors a year.


Statue of de Saussure in town centre



The town of Chamonix is serviced by French Route Nationale 205 (RN 205), nicknamed the Route blanche[4], or "white route", due to its snowiness. This is an extension of French autoroute 40 (A40), similarly nicknamed the autoroute blanche, which ends at Le Fayet, a village in the commune of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains[5]. The 11.6-km Mont Blanc Tunnel originates here, linking Chamonix to Courmayeur in Italy[6]. Chamonix is linked to Switzerland by what used to be RN 506a. In 2006, it was converted to a Route Départementale 1506, with a part of it integrated into RN 205.


Chamonix is served by the metre-gauge St Gervais-Vallorcine Line, operated by SNCF. The line from Saint Gervais (on the standard-gauge rail network) to Chamonix opened in 1901; it was extended to Vallorcine in 1908. The line holds the record for the steepest gradient on any standard (i.e. adhesion) railway.

From Vallorcine, the rail route continues over the border into Switzerland, meeting the SBB network at Martigny. This latter section, a metre-gauge cog railway, is operated by Transports de Martigny et Régions SA. The train service from Vallorcine to Martigny is known as the Mont Blanc Express. Timetables on the St Gervais-Vallorcine and Vallorcine-Martigny sections are synchronized.[7]

The 5.1-km Montenvers Railway is a cog railway that provides access to the tourist site of Montenvers. Opened in 1909, its rail station was built right next to SNCF's Chamonix station on the St Gervais-Vallorcine Line line. In fact the two stations are directly linked[8]. Montenvers provides further tourist access to middle and high mountain areas.

Cable Cars

Chamonix has one of the highest cable cars in the world, which links the town to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842 m[9]. On the other side of the valley, another cable car links Chamonix to the viewpoint of Planpraz. This cable car is based on an older system built in 1920, modernized in 1979, and upgraded again in 2008. A second line links Planpraz to the summit of Le Brévent at 2525 m[10][11]. Many other cable cars exist in the valley, and are heavily used by skiers and residents alike.


The nearest airport to Chamonix is Geneva Airport. Just over one hour by motorway. Airport Transfers are available.

Buses also circle throughout the valley all year round[12].

Twin towns

Chamonix is twinned with:

In popular culture

  • The valley is mentioned in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, as the scene of an encounter between the doctor and his monster.
  • English author Jonathan Trigell lives in Chamonix; the setting for his second novel Cham.
  • James Salter's novel "Solo Faces", based on the life of climber Gary Hemming is set in Chamonix.
  • The valley is the set of the Alias episode "After Six". Sydney and Vaughan need to break into a chalet in Chamonix by getting through a lethal response system built by Toni Cummings, played by Vivica A. Fox.
  • Chamonix is a snow track on Sony's Gran Turismo 4.
  • Chamonix is a Chilean ice-cream brand, owned by Nestlé
  • Chamonix shares Mont Blanc with the Italian comune of Courmayeur and Saint-Gervais.
  • Chamonix is the stage name of Kurtis Mantronik for the Kurtis Mantronik Presents Chamonix EP 'How Did You Know' (2003)
  • The town and surrounding area is where The World Is Not Enough skiing scenes were filmed, and where the cast and crew stayed.
  • Ray Smuckles has his MasterCard on file with the government of Chamonix.

See also

Panorama of the Chamonix valley


  1. ^ Sources des données : INSEE - Chamonix: Données générales
  2. ^ Site officiel de la vallée de Chamonix - Classement mondial du Mont-Blanc en termes de fréquentation
  3. ^ a b c d "Chamonix Valley Website". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ Le Comité de préservation du village des Houches - Dossier publié le 12/05/2004 (PDF)
  5. ^ Site de l'association de défense des usagers de l'A40 et de l'A41 - Revue de presse
  6. ^ "Chamonix Valley Website". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Mont Blanc Express timetables for 2010". Retrieved 2010-02-10.  [in French]
  8. ^ Site de Christophe Jacquet spécialisé sur les trains du Mont-Blanc
  9. ^ Site de l'Aiguille du Midi - Histoire du téléphérique
  10. ^ "Map of the Brévent-Flégère area". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Summer timetables for Chamonix gondolas and funicular railways". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  12. ^ Site de Transdev , l'opérateur français de transport collectif de voyageurs en charge des Chamonix Bus

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Chamonix is a famous resort in the French Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc. Also it is credited with hosting the "I"First Winter Olympic games in 1924.

Chamonix is connected to the valley by a highway and a small railway line. It is also connected to Courmayeur in Italy by road via the tunnel under the Mont-Blanc [1], and Martigny in Switzerland by road and rail.

In the winter there are TGV lines that go directly to St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet), where you can switch to a small local train to ride up into Chamonix. There is also a TGV that leaves directly from Charles-de-Gaulle airport to Lyon, and you can transfer to St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) from there. Via St. Gervais, sleeper trains to Paris are also easily accessible.

The Chamonix valley can be considered everything between Servoz and the Swiss border, or the towns of: Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Les Praz, Argentiere, and Vallorcine.

If you plan to fly to Geneva and hire a car, the route to Chamonix is relatively straight-forward, covering a distance of 88 km. Chamonix is located 80 km southeast of Geneva, Switzerland, and driving time is about one hour via the Autoroute Blanche (A40) motorway. Chamonix is 226 km from Lyon and 612 km from Paris.

Geneva is the most convenient and accessible airport for tourists traveling to Chamonix. [2] run a timetabled daily service with departures every 45 minutes to Chamonix from Geneva Airport throughout the winter and summer seasons at 25€ per person.

  • Mer de Glace (Ice Sea), one of the biggest glaciers in continental Europe, accessible by the Montenvers rack railway. From the Montenvers Station one has great views on the glacier but also on the north Face of the Grand Jorasses, one of the three most famous North faces in the European Alps.
  • Aiguille du Midi cable car, one of the highest cable cars in the world, apart from a few in South America. In fact the Aiguille Du Midi starts at 1035 m and finishes at a staggering 3810 m! From the bottom to the top, it has the greatest vertical range in the world. Bring warm clothes. as the temperature is alway cold even in mid-summer. Don't miss the exhilirating 5 Km cable car ride over snow capped mountains from Aiguille du Midi on France to Helbronner on Italy. These are the closest viewpoints of Mont-Blanc and also provide different views of Mont-Blanc. A 3 Km stretch without pillars is the world's longest cable car ride without pillars.
France to Italy
France to Italy
  • Brevent cable car, on the other side of the valley, provides the best views of the Mont-Blanc massif. A round trip adult pedestrian (not skier) ticket is about €18. The other option is to take the cable car with a change at Planpraz from Chamonix.
  • In Les Houches you can take the Bellevue cable car (Telepherique de Bellevue) for another view of the Chamonix valley, with Mont Blanc to one side and the Brevent to the other. A short walk will allow you to see the other side of the mountain towards St. Gervais, Sallanches and the glacier de Bionnassay. In August 2005, a round-trip pedestrian adult ticket was €12.10.
  • Another option is to take the Montblanc Tramway from St.Gervais Le Fayet that goes upto Nid d'aigle. It stops at Bellevue on the way. There are beautiful views over the valley from Nid d'Aigle also.
  • Musée des cristaux, [3] (crystals museum), a very nice museum, exhibiting an impressive collection of crystals, mostly from Chamonix, but also from the rest of the Alps and worldwide. Created and maintained through a paternership between the city council and the local Mineralogical club [4], it is both very aesthetic and scientific, displaying pedagogical posters. You will find it just behind the Maison de la Montagne and the church.
  • You can take the Le Tour cable car to the Franco-Swiss border on the mountains and also for an hike to the Le Tour glacier.

If you consider taking the more than one cable car trips for sightseeing or skiing, you should seriously consider buying Mont-Blanc multipass [5]. You have passes for 1-10 days at very good prices. Also, the website provides very good information on possible activities and hikes from the cable car stops.

  • Compagnie des Guides (mountain guides), 190 place de l'Église, 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc, tel. 04 50 53 00 88, [6].
  • YokmoK Adventures, adventure travel company specialized in the Alps, [7].
  • Mountain Sanctuary, provide Mountain Retreats and Yoga holidays in Chamonix [8]


  • Vallée blanche (White Valley), glacier skiing. Needs a full day from the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The easiest route can be skiied by someone who is confident on red runs, although a guide is highly recommended due to the Glacier on which you would be skiing.
  • The Brevent and la Flegere are the easiest ski areas to get to from the center of town. You can walk to the ski lift at le Brevent, or take a shuttle from a number of different drop of points. Skiing for all levels, but mostly mid- to extreme ski.
  • Les Houches is the best family resort, and often has the best low-altitude conditions. It is the only ski area with slopes below the treeline, so it is a good place to go when there is a lot of fog.
  • Le Tour is at the far end of the valley, towards Martigny. It has many easier slopes for beginners, but also some out-of-bounds skiing if you are willing to hike up with your skis. It is also a good place to go if you don't like being cold, because most slopes are in the sun (although it can still be very windy).
  • The Grand Montets has the most extreme and highest altitude slopes, and can be accessed from the town of Argentiere.
Bionassay Glacier
Bionassay Glacier

Take the telepherique to the top of a nearby peak. Hike down, it's easy! Or try hikes between two telepheriques, for example:

  • between the Brevent and la Flegere
  • between the Mer de Glace and the Plan de l'Aiguille

Get a fantastic view on both the Mont-Blanc/Aiguilles de Chamonix range, and the ribbon of the Fiz limestone range:

  • Take the Brevent telepherique, then walk down the crest to the Bel-Lachat mountain hut, then walk down to the Rocher des Gaillands or (if slightly more courageous) to the Aiguillette des Houches and down, or
  • Walk up the steep lane from the Gaillands to Plan-Lachat, then Bel-Lachat, then on, up along the crest to the Brevent (about six hours and rather hot in summer: start early, but it is really worth the effort).

Several great glacier hikes exist. Even if you can't get right up to the glaciers and touch them, you can still get close enough to get some amazing views.

  • Glacier des Bossons - depart either from Les Bossons (at the base of the ski jump) by foot or by chair lift, or drive up to the entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel for a shorter, flatter hike. Warning, do not attempt to "touch" th glacier here, it is possibly the most dangerous place in the valley.
  • Glacier d'Tour - depart from the town of Montroc, near the ski resort "Le Tour".
  • Glacier de Trient - depart from the top of the Col de la Forclaz, in Switzerland (before descending to Martigny). One hour, flat.
  • Glacier de Bionnassay- depart from the top of the Bellevue cable car.

The first three could feasibly be done in one day if you are up early and have a car, but Bionnassay will require a half-day.

  • The town its self has a lovely collect on sporting, alpine and local shops. (including some fleece shirts for as little as €8, that's 2 for 16!)


It's France. The food is all good, though it can be quite expensive in the touristy places. Open a can of Ravioli from the supermarket and eat it with your freshly purchased Swiss Army Knife. If you've been hiking all day, it'll be the best meal you've ever had.

Other regional specialties (Quand meme!)

  • Fondue
  • Pierrade or Pierre chaude - a hot piece of slate on which you cook your own slices of meat at the table.
  • Raclette - like fondue, this is a multi-person event that involves more melted cheese, potatos and cold cuts.
  • Croute savoyarde - a toasted piece of bread soaked in white wine and then baked with melted cheese and possibly mushrooms or tomatos.
  • Tartiflette - potatos and bacon smothered with melted roblochon cheese.
  • Toasted goat's cheese salad with nuts.
  • Midnight Express, Rue du Docteur Paccard. Serves absolutely enormous and very tasty burgers (amongst other things) for around €7. Open every day from 11AM-2AM.

If you find you've had a bit more cheese that you would really like, there's a very nice Japanese restaurant, Satsuki.

For trendy, 'nouveau French', try these restaurants:

  • Munchie, Rue des Moulins.
  • Le Delice, Les Houches.
  • le Basilic, in Les Houches. For authentic French food (but not typical Savoyard).


Drinking in Chamonix is relatively expensive. Expect to pay around €6 in most places for a beer, though most places will sell pitchers for less. There are many happy hours during the late afternoon. The Microbrasserie de Chamonix (MBC) has different kinds of microbrews, in an American/Canadian ambiance (serves onion rings and hot wings, for example). Otherwise, most places serve standard pilsners, such as Heineken or 1664. Just ask for 'un demi pression' for tap beer, or a 'demi panache' for a mix of half beer, half Sprite, a refreshing alternative with less alcohol. A pint is called a "serieux" or for better value, order a "pitcher".

  • Chambre Neuf, 272 av. Michel Croz, Chamonix (Centre of town), +33-4-50-55-89-81, [9]. Open daily until 2am. Popular with the après-ski crowd and expats, Chambre Neuf offers a classy location for a tasty and reasonably-priced lunch, a bite to eat, or a happy-hour cocktail.  edit
  • Le Garage, 270, av. de l'Aiguille de Midi (Slightly out of the centre (walking distance) near the Aiguille de Midi), +33-4-50-53-64-49. Chamonix's largest nightclub may be a bit empty out of season (even though it's often the only late-night joint open) but it's still fun and a good place to mingle with tourists, expats and even a few locals!  edit
  • Le Tof, 58 Pl. Edmond Desailloud (Chamonix Sud), +33-4-50-55-95-19. Gay-friendly nightclub in Chamonix Sud. Good place for a boogie.  edit
  • Vagabond, 365 Av. Ravanel le Rouge (Chamonix Sud), +33-4-50-53-15-43. While the walk to 'the Vag' can be a chilly one in winter, you'll probably be met by a roaring fire, football on the TV and a fun crowd of regulars (expats) and backpackers staying in the adjoining hostel. A good place to watch sport or for a low-key midweek chat.  edit


Chamonix and its surroundings are stuffed with hotels, lodges and campings, ranging from basic and cheap to very luxe and expensive.

  • Prime Accommodation Chamonix [10] Self-catering apartments in Chamonix Mont Blanc. Fabulous alpine surroundings. Easy access to ski lifts and mountain railway. Sleeps 2-4. Ideal accommodation for couples, small families and groups of friends.
  • High Mountain Holidays [11] Self catered apartment & chalet specialist. From comfort to luxury, small to large. Over 10 years in the valley. Great service
  • Mont Blanc Lodge [12] Charming catered chalet. Sleeps 12, centre of Chamonix town but hidden in a quiet spot next to the park. sauna, Free WIFI
  • The Skier's Lodge [13] Comfortable catered chalet. Sleeps 20, hot-tub, sauna, swimming pool.
  • Maison Jaune [14] - High-end chalet with ski in/ski out, hot tub, sleeps 10.
  • Snow and Soleil [15] - A large portfolio of chalets and apartments in Chamonix.
  • Chalet La Foret [16] - Traditional chalet in Les Praz, which sleeps 10 on a self-catering basis, with hot tub and barrel sauna. It's just a short walk from the Flegere Lift.
  • Chalet in the Mountains [17] - fully equipped, self catered chalets, each sleeping up to 8 people or rent two together and its ideal for larger groups.
  • [18] - a good selection of quality self catered apartments and chalets for rent in the Chamonix Valley
  • Chalet Schuss [19] - Luxury ski in/ski out chalet with hot tub & sauna, sleeps 10.
  • The Farmhouse [20] - Luxury catered ski chalet with sauna and hot tub, sleeps 16.
  • Chamonix Apartment [21] - Annexe De l'Universe is a beautiful one bedroom apartment in the heart of Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • JKchamonix [22] self-catering apartments in Chamonix center.
  • Chamonix Apartment Rental [23] - A spacious one bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 4 people right in the heart of Chamonix Mont-Blanc
  • Chamonix Hostel [24] - The Vagabond is a cheap hostel in Chamonix with a bar attached.
  • Ventoria Travel [25] - Ventoria offers a number of self-catering apartments in Chamonix centre
  • Chamonix Catered Chalets [26] - Arctic Beaver provide catered and self catered chalets in Chamonix
  • Résidences MGM La Ginabelle, 0870 026 7144, [27]. Self-catering apartments designed for groups of 4 to 8 persons, the apartments are spacious, warm and fully equipped with everything. The residence offers ski in/ski out facilities, Wi-Fi access throughout and located at the heart of the Chamonix ski resort.  edit
  • Résidence Pierre & Vacances Chamois Blanc, [28]. The Pierre & Vacances Chamois Blanc residence in Chamonix is a small self catering residence with 42 apartments for up to 5 persons. Fully equipped with ed linen, towels and end of stay cleaning (except kitchen area and washing-up) included in the prices. The residence is located near the centre of Chamonix and offers direct access to the ski lifts.   edit
  • Résidence Pierre & Vacances Les Aiglons - Chamonix, [29]. The Pierre & Vacances Les Aiglons residence in Chamonix is in the Chamonix-Sud quarter, close to a large number of shops under arcades, and the pedestrian walkway. is only 300 m from the “Aiguille du Midi” cable car, which provides direct access to the exceptional 'White Valley' trail.   edit
  • Peak Retreats (Les Houches & Chamonix Accommodation Specialist), 0044 2392 839 310, [30]. A range of self-catering chalets, apartments and hotels in Chamonix, Argentiere and Les Houches. Accommodation sleeping 2-10, lift passes, ski school, equipment hire can be arranged. Bookable from the UK.  edit
  • Résidence Maeva La Rivière, [31]. The residence with its wooden facades is in the district of Chamonix Sud, 300 m from the Aiguille du Midi cable car and 5 minutes from the resort centre.  edit
  • Nomadic Ski, [32]. Offer luxury catered chalet holidays and short breaks in one of the world's premier ski and summer activity holiday destinations, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France  edit
  • Jackie (Needham), Chalet VertetBlanc (997 rooute des praz Chamonix), 0033 4 50 34 9786, [33]. Provider of luxury catered and self catered accommodation in Chamonix perfect for winter skiing or summer activities  edit
  • Ice&Orange Chamonix, [34]. Beautiful 500yr old rennovated farmhouse. Now luxury winter & summer ski chalet. Sleeps 16-24 in luxury with hot tub, restaurant standard food and fine wines.  edit
  • Chamonix Exclusive (Chalet Prarion), 0033 4 50 91 9934, [35]. Widely regarded as the premier luxury Ski In Ski Out chalet in the Chamonix Valley. The Chalet sleeps 10 and benefits from a slope side location, south facing decking, a luxury hot tub, HD cinema projection, fine dining, and 5 en-suite bedrooms.  edit

Stay safe

Climbing the Mont Blanc is popular among alpinists. The climb should however not be attempted by people lacking mountaing climbing experience and equipment, even using the easiest route (voie royale).

More generally, all high mountain hiking, climbing, and skiing, is potentially dangerous. Bad weather may turn an otherwise easy hike into a strenuous and possibly fatal journey ; weather in the mountains can change at short notice and you should always inquire about the latest forecast. Always carry a cell phone, should you need to call for rescue, though there is no guarantee it will work everywhere. Keep it turned off unless needed, so as not to drain its batteries needlessly.

After snowfalls, in some areas, avalanches can be expected — either natural or triggered in order to prevent further avalanching. Always inquire about avalanche hazards before embarking in hikes in the snow or off-track skiing. Even if you do not fear for yourself, please show consideration for the people who may be underneath you.

Altitude sickness may also be an issue. Using aerial lifts, one may get very fast to high altitude areas. For instance, when going up the Aiguille du Midi, you get lifted from around 1000m altitude (Chamonix) to 3840m in a very short time. You may experience shortness of breath and other symptoms.


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  1. A town in the département of Haute-Savoie.

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[[File:|thumbnail|Chamonix]] Chamonix is a French communes next to the Mont Blanc. It is located in the Haute-Savoie department. The population of the commune is about 10,000 people (1999 census). It hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1924.


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