Are you looking for the best places where breathtaking scenery meet exciting winter sports? Whether you are looking for views that make your heart skip a beat, festivals, and events in the middle of nature or simply enjoying sports, Chamonix is the best place to do all that.
Chamonix is located in the Haute-Savoie region, in France and is one of the places with the highest reputation in the world. Its famous landmark is Mont Blanc itself (it’s pretty hard to beat that, right?)
Chamonix is such a favorite skiing destination that not only millions of tourists visit every year, but even instructors come here to provide their worth. The reason everybody loves this French Alps destination so much is the extensive system of adrenaline-pumping ski runs.
Don’t worry, though. You can still pick Chamonix for a ski getaway even if you are a beginner. It will be something you’ll count as an achievement for the rest of your life.
With that said, book your ticket, choose the right clothes, pack your bags, and let’s get ready for a wild weekend adventure.
What Makes Skiing in Chamonix an Insane Adventure?
Chamonix Valley has eight ski areas and resorts which vary in difficulty. However, regardless of whether you choose the most challenging slopes of the least complicated ones, you can expect the same level of quality on each one. That’s one of the reasons Chamonix is such a beloved destination for both pros and amateur skiers.
One of the top ski runs is Les Grands Montets. Keep in mind that this slope is only for the experienced skiers – the angle makes the route extremely tough, even though the snow is exceptional. It’s also one of the most crowded ones, for obvious reasons. Its altitude is around 3300m, and the 2000m vertical drop to Argentière can be any pro skiers’ ambition.
Le Domaine de Balme is another great option. This ski run is best suited for those who want to sweep through different levels. It’s a great place to practice your newly or older acquired skiing skills.
Les Houches is another excellent option, mainly known for the fact that the Kandahar World Cup is held here. So, if you’re looking for some motivation from some of the best skiers in the world, then maybe you should attend the cup when you’re not enjoying yourself on the slopes.
If You Want a Great Ski Getaway, Plan in Advance
The great thing about Chamonix is that there is something here to please any need and preference – from providing the necessary fun to offering life-changing challenges to those who are bold and experienced enough to accept them. Moreover, due to its great location, you can easily explore other areas in the French Alps, as well as crossing the border to Italy or Switzerland.
In case you get tired after all this skiing, you can always recharge your batteries by visiting around or just relaxing with a cup of hot tea in a nearby place. You’ll find everything you need in the blink of an eye.
My recommendation would be to hire a mountain guide if you feel like the options are too abundant and you don’t know what to choose. It’s easy to think that you’ve got everything under control when you’re planning your trip. But, once you get there, it can be pretty hard to decide where to start and what to do.
Another excellent idea would be to plan your trip with the help of an active holiday specialist, such as AlpineElements to ensure that you’ll have the best ski holiday of your life.
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Endless Fun on and Off the Pistes
Going on the most challenging routes, in a place well known for the quality of the snow and the challenges you might face is what makes any ski trip in Chamonix one of the craziest adventures you could ever take. If you’re up for it, you can always start planning right now.
However, if you are one of those people who are not very interested in skiing, you have to know that skiing is not the only thing you can do in Chamonix. This French Alps resort has a reputation for being as a massive playground for those who are looking for relaxation, fun and good memories, and for a good reason.
So, what can you do in a place that is best known as the epicenter of skiing in Europe (if not the world)?
Well, while skiing is, without a doubt, a top activity, there are plenty of other options for those who aren’t into this sport or just don’t know how to enjoy their apres-ski time.
Here are just a few ways you can turn your Chamonix holiday into a fun adventure.
You probably fell in love with the sight of Mont Blanc and snow covered mountains. How about a change of perspective?
With some courage, you could end up taking a leap from the top of the mountains and jump right into the dense clouds on top of Chamonix. Nothing can compare to the thrills of enjoying this gorgeous view from above.
- Rock Climbing
Maybe you’re more interested in knowing the mountains up close. If rock climbing is what you prefer, then Chamonix is the best destination for exploring your passion. Keep in mind that the slopes are very abrupt, so it is as hard to climb them as it is to ski on them.
River Arve has a strong current that will pull you through the tunnels of Mont Blanc. It will be full of thrill, excitement and a lot of water getting splashed around. If you’re more into water sports than winter sports, you are lucky – you can enjoy this throughout the year. Moreover, it’s not at all as crowded as the ski slopes.
- Via Ferrata
If you want something that’s similar to rock climbing only less complicated, then via Ferrata should be your pick. Don’t let the idea of “protected route climbing” fool you. Not only that this activity is challenging and provides a healthy dose of an adrenaline rush, but the beauty of the scenery can leave you speechless.
Being on the side of the mountain at such an altitude can make you feel overwhelmed, so make sure you’re ready for it before you jump in.
- Treetop Adventure
If you’re taking your family with you and you’re looking for a way to have fun, but without the extra dangers, this one is a safe option. Not only will you enjoy climbing around, but the whole network of ropes, nets, swings and bridges will make this a constant path of surprises and new challenges.
No matter if you’re a winter sports lover or you’re simply looking for a way to make your weekend memorable, you should visit Chamonix.
It’s going to make you look at skiing with different eyes and not only – you might have a hard time deciding which activity you like best.
A Note from Diane : Tim Baker is a freelance writer and author of this guest post. If you are interested in contacting Tim to learn more about his awesome travel adventures or writing, please email him at tim_bakers