Many ski resorts describe themselves as iconic, but Chamonix is the real deal. Skiers and mountaineers have been visiting the towering peaks of Chamonix since the 19th century, making it the oldest French ski area.
Chamonix is pretty unique as it sits on the French side of the Italian-French-Swiss border. Therefore, staying there allows you to visit the other countries to see what they offer.
The valley is awe-inspiring, thanks to its imposing peaks and stunning glaciers. And you can get up-close and personal with Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain.
Chamonix Valley consists of 5 ski resorts that offer unique experiences. Chamonix isn’t well known for being beginner-friendly, but there are some nursery slopes to get you started. But, if you’re an intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder, you have a lot of terrain to explore, on and off-piste.
Most of the skiable terrain in Chamonix is off-piste, and you can have a lot of fun. But, you’ll get the most out of it if you book a guide who will probably take you to the classic Vallée Blanche route, which is a must-do during your visit.
As Chamonix is more of a town than a typical ski resort, you have all the associated amenities. If you want to be close to the bars and abundance of shops, you will benefit from staying in Chamonix itself. But, if you want a more tranquil experience, choose accommodation in Argentière or the family-friendly Les Houches. All of these villages have superb 4 and 5-star chalets and hotels.
Chamonix is a bustling town, brimming with bars and restaurants. You can have a taste of the alps in one of the many traditional restaurants or enjoy high-end cuisine from around the world. But before dinner, Chamonix offers plenty of après ski bars featuring live music, craft beers, and much more.