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Chamonix has a magnificent
setting, nestling beneath Europe’s highest mountain…Mont Blanc, which
rises to nearly 16,000ft (4,807metres). From the surrounding high
mountains, glaciers sweep steeply down into the Chamonix valley.
The town of Chamonix itself sits at an altitude of 3,400ft (1,035m) and
has its own unique character with ‘an all year round’ season.
|Chamonix lies within the ‘Haute Savoie’
region of France, very close to both the Italian and Swiss borders. Lake
Geneva (Lac Lèman) lies just north of the region.
|Chamonix itself is not a quiet
village, but a bustling Alpine town with many shops and restaurants and
year round visitors. Chamonix hosted the 1st ever Winter
Olympics in 1924 and is now a Mecca for mountain and adventure sports and
The town does not rely solely on winter sports activity, it is famous as
the world centre for mountaineering and has a full year round programme of
events, plus many summer season activities. When
the winter sports season is over at the start of May and the snow starts
receding to the higher peaks, then the resort rapidly swings into the
summer and enjoys a long active season through to late Autumn. The heat of
summer contrasts sharply with the deep snows of mid winter. The only time
of year when Chamonix could be classed as ‘quiet’ is November when
many locals take their holidays - between the 2 long summer and winter
The Chamonix Valley is considered widely to be the most spectacular and
scenic ski area in the world, but it is also a great place for non skiers
with an excellent collection of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and a full
range of alternative activities.
What ever time of year you visit a highlight has to be a trip to the
highest cable car station in Europe, the ‘Aiguille du Midi’ at approx
12,679ft (3,842m) for truly breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps.
From the valley the views of the mountains towering above the resort
are memorable. The town squares and pavement cafes are usually bustling
and shoppers and sightseers sip their drinks and stare at the high
mountain scenery all around. It all adds up to a very agreeable and
typically French atmosphere.
On both sides of Chamonix lie several other villages within the valley
which are easily accessible and all have their own distinctive character,
such as Les Praz, Les Houches, Montroc and Argentière. Daytrips from
Chamonix are many and varied and the resort has excellent rail/road
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