France Ski Accommodation in Chamonix, France

Description

Chamonix is set in a valley amongst spectacular peaks, including the backdrop of Europe's highest mountain, the awesome Mont Blanc at 4808m. A fascinating and traditional ski resort, the cosmopolitan town centre offers a good range of attractions including a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants.

The Chamonix valley offers some of the best skiing and accommodation in the Alps.

The villages of Les Houches, Les Bossons, Les Praz and Argentiere within the valley are serviced by an efficient free bus service (with your lift pass).


Getting There


When to Go


Where to Stay



Getting around


Apres

Chamonix is unique, in that aside from being a ski resort it’s also a fully functioning mountain town, as popular with skiers in winter as it is with hikers in summer. As such, the variety of bars and winter après ski is superb. Right across all of the resort’s many separate villages and in Chamonix Centre, there are many different bars to choose from. The two best parts of town for après ski are of course the main town, where the liveliest bars and the latest clubs are to be found, and the more peaceful village of Argentiere which is home to a surprisingly good selection of welcoming bars.

Evolution 1904 is a good place to go for a more relaxed après ski experience. A warm welcome, tasty bar snacks, lively atmosphere and a good range of drinks await thirsty skiers here, and it gets nicely busy without feeling too crammed. It’s a popular choice amongst locals and visitors alike and is a good spot for visitors keen to find somewhere more local.

Munster Bar is a popular Irish Bar in Chamonix Sud. The Guinness flows freely and regular live sports coverage makes this bar a popular choice for visitors from Britain and elsewhere during big matches.
http://www.munsterbar.com/

Le Vagabonde in Chamonix town is a local pub legend, and draws a lively, friendly crowd for après ski beers each day and partying in the evenings. This is a bar steeped in history as it used to be a stopover point for stagecoaches en route to Switzerland. Boasting spectacular mountain views, a log fire, and a superb range of beers, wines and spirits at prices which won’t break the bank, Vagabond is now a lively and bustling après ski venue. http://www.gitevagabond.com/

The Rhododendrons bar sits near the Flegere cable car, perfectly located for a thirst-quenching beer after a hard day on the slopes! The sunny terrace is the perfect spot to drink in the late-afternoon sun with a beer in hand, whilst enjoying the live band that plays on into the evening. http://www.lesrhododendrons.com/bar-en.html

La Terrasse sits right in the heart of town and welcomes you to enjoy the terrace outside or sit in the warm, listening to the lively après ski bands. With a popular ‘happy hour’ from 4pm to 6pm and a well-stocked bar, La Terrasse is understandably popular. DJs play regularly later on in the evenings, making this a lively nightlife spot as well.

Micro Brasserie de Chamonix is the resort’s own wonderful brewpub, selling a wide range of high quality beers to a more discerning crowd. Ingredients are largely locally-sourced and the welcome here is friendly, so although it’s a little out of town it remains a popular venue!
http://www.mbchx.com/eng%20mbc%20home.htm


Eating out

As a proper mountain town in its own right, Chamonix offers a fantastic range of restaurants and eateries. Whether you’re looking for something basic, a local speciality or truly special meal, you’ll find it in Chamonix!

Munchies is a superbly located restaurant in the resort centre offering a blend of traditional Savoyarde, Scandinavian and even Asian cuisine. Steak frites are offered alongside more adventurous dishes like duck teriyaki, offering a varied and exciting menu! The restaurant sits near a few good bars in Chamonix centre, so it’s a good spot to dine before moving on for a few beers. http://www.streamcreek.com/munchie/munchie-in-english/

Le Cap Blanc is a sleek and modern sushi restaurant, a world away from the traditional Savoyard specialities generally expected in ski resorts. This Asian-inspired restaurant stands out from the crowd for its fresh and interesting menu and great value for money. The restaurant sits by the river in town centre so it’s easy to find and there’s a lot of good bars in the same area. http://www.caphorn-chamonix.com/en



Activities

For years now, Chamonix has had a reputation as an absolute Mecca for mountain activities of all descriptions, not just skiing. If you fancy a break from the piste or you just want to try something new, in Chamonix you will find a spectacular range of non-ski activities to try your hand at.

Helicopter Tours http://www.chamonix-helico.fr/?lang=en
There can be no better way of seeing the peaks, valleys, ridges and slopes of Chamonix than from the air, and the freedom that a helicopter tour offers is truly breathtaking. From valley floors all the way up to the highest peaks of this spectacular mountain resort, those who take a helicopter tour will find the thrill hard to beat.

Ski Joering http://www.chamonix.net/english/activities/skijoering.htm
This sport harks back to a bygone era, perhaps even before ski lifts, and involves strapping your skis on and harnessing yourself to the back of a horse! Once the only way to get up the hill without walking, ski joering is now just something a little different. It’s suitable for all ages and is a lot of fun!

Cross-Country Skiing http://www.chamonix.com/cross-country-skiing,29,en.html
This is a great way to experience the peaceful, beautiful and serene countryside around Chamonix on skis. It takes a good level of fitness but for those keen to give it a try, cross country skiing or ski de fond is a wonderful experience and a great way to feel closer to nature. The resort offers two major cross country ski courses, taking the back routes through thick pine forests as you explore everything the incredible countryside has to offer.

Ice Climbing http://www.chamonix.net/english/mountaineering/ice/icefalls1.htm
Most resorts that offer climbing have nothing more than an indoor climbing wall... but not Chamonix! Visitors to this mountain playground can hire all the gear themselves and try their hand at climbing proper frozen ice walls! There are more than 200 different routes in the area for all levels, though a guide is always recommended for safety.

Paragliding, swimming and watching ice hockey matches are some a few further examples of things to see and do off the slopes in Chamonix.



Ski School


Getting around


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Childcare

On the mountain, the pistes above Chamonix are not entirely well suited to beginner skiers, and parents taking the kids to the slopes need to choose location carefully if staying here. (La Tour has the best nursery slopes.) If you do bring children, you may find yourself in need of a few things to see and do if the weather closes in or if the kids decide they’d like a break.

This is where the resort excels because in Chamonix you’ll find an absolute wealth of off-the-slopes activities to keep the kids entertained.

Ice Caves http://www.chamonix.com/montenvers,81,en.html
The caves are incredible, and worth a look whatever the weather! They sit in Montenvers and the twenty minute railway journey up there is worth the effort in itself. The Mer de Glace is France’s largest glacier and sits at an altitude of 1913m above sea level. The ice caves, or grottes de glace as they are known locally, sit right inside the glacier and are well-maintained throughout the winter. They melt as the spring and summer come around then are completely remade each winter.

Dog Sledding http://www.chamonix.net/english/activities/dogsled.htm
Husky sledding is wonderful fun for adults and kids of all ages, and the thrill of zooming off into the back country led by a pack of these enthusiastic animals is a fantastic experience. Whether you opt to take the reins yourself or sit at the back to enjoy the ride, it’s a great way to see the stunning mountain scenery away from the slopes.

Tobogganning
Although Chamonix doesn’t have a specialised toboggan run as such (you may want to consider Courchevel or Val Thorens for that) it does have a number of spots where you can take the children in comparable safety for a spot of tobogganing. Near Chamonix town, the Savoy and Plenards areas both allow tobogganing and up in le Tour, the La Vormaine area is also a great place to try it out. If you’re staying at the other end of town in les Houches, the Le Tourchet area is another good spot to bring the children.

Swimming pool
The resort’s Sports Centre is the perfect place for an afternoon’s entertainment. You’ll find a 25 metre swimming pool alongside massage jets and waterslides, and if the kids are four years-old or younger they get in for free! http://www.chamonix-mont-blanc.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=474

Cinema
All the latest releases are screened here so it’s a good place to come if the weather closes in and the lifts shut, or just for an evening’s entertainment with the family. The cinema sits right behind the main square in Chamonix centre and offers three screens showing the latest offerings. You can check beforehand to see if the film you want is being screened in its original version, or dubbed in French with English subtitles here: http://www.cinemavox-chamonix.com/


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Equipment Hire


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Piste
Chamonix, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 4° C
Wind: 13mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 2cm
Snow Depth
Top: 330cm
Base: 55cm

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Ski Chalets in Chamonix

Ski chalets in Chamonix

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