Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is the world capital of Alpine sports, and considered the best place to ski in the Alps.
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Chamonix is undoubtedly one of France’s most iconic ski resorts. It is known as a base for many alpine sports, and boasts an incredible location. But that’s not all it has to offer! Here are our 5 reasons to ski Chamonix this winter!
An iconic destination, situated next to Mont Blanc
Chamonix is on many people's wish list: it’s a a dream come true: to see Mont Blanc for the first time! Of course there are many places where you can admire this famous mountain, even at a distance. But you will never feel as close as when you arrive at this legendary resort. It’s a real mountain sanctuary for alpine sports. Impenetrable and imposing, Mont Blanc straddles the French-Italian border, dominating the valley at a height of 4,809 metres.
Nestled at the foot of awe-inspiring mountains, Chamonix is surrounded by spikes and dizzying peaks. It goes without saying that this resort is loved by alpine sport lovers and other winter sport enthusiasts! Sharing the same passion, these tourists come from all over the world to blast down legendary slopes and courses, creating a cosmopolitan, eclectic ambience that adds to the natural charms of Chamonix.
The big thrill of the Aiguille du Midi
The Chamonix valley is one of the three most visited natural sites in the world. It’s hardly surprising as the resort lies so close to the highest summit in western Europe. But the best thing is that this mountain is not just for advanced skiers: you don’t need to be a pro to admire the highest summits in the Alps close up!
Chamonix has one of the highest cable cars in the world. This “sky train” links the town to the famous Aiguille du Midi, whose central peak reaches 3,842 metres, offering an incredible view of the summits of Mont Blanc. Even when you reach the top, the best is yet to come. Situated off the uppermost terrace, the “Step into the void” experience involves stepping onto a glass floor from which you can admire the view... with over 1,000 metres of air beneath your feet!
The Mer de Glace, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe
Running along the north face of Mont Blanc, the Mer de Glace is the fourth biggest glacier in the Alps. It has a surface area of 35 kilometres and is nearly 200 metres thick; its summit rivals the mountain peaks at an altitude of 2,000 metres. It’s easy to view this natural wonder from the Montenvers site, located just upstream from the end of the glacier.
Head up by taking the rack and pinion railway that climbs valiantly up the mountain. The detour is well worthwhile, from the view of the famous Mer de Glace to the many fun attractions offered: the transparent ice cave, igloo village, Glaciorium and themed snowshoe trails. It’s a great place for all the family!
The Vallée Blanche: A 23 km off-piste descent
Chamonix is known as “the place to ski” in the Alps! Aside from the incredible landscape and the huge and diverse skiing (from Chamonix you can access four different ski areas), the resort neighbours the famous Vallée Blanche, the longest off-piste ski route in Europe.
Surrounded by the most beautiful summits in the Alps, this glacial valley makes its way through the heart of the Mont Blanc mountains, offering a 23 km off-piste route over a 2,000 metre descent. It’s recommended to take a guide if you want to explore the Grand Blanc! Once prepared, you will descend over an incredibly pure white expanse: a great moment to experience at least once in your life!
Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass
There are so many wonders accessible by cable car, train, or on skis – why not access all of them! Those who want to discover everything without having to repeatedly return to the ticket office can purchase the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, offering access to all the ski areas in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley.
Not only do you get to enjoy hundreds of kilometres of slopes, the pass also gives you unlimited access to iconic sites: the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and the Vallée Blanche, the train from Montenvers to the Mer de Glace, the Mont Blanc tramway for pedestrians and the Les Houches ski area. Price: €293 per adult for 6 days. If you order a 6–9 day Mont Blanc Unlimited pass online, you even get one day free!