Top tips for a Chamonix ski holiday

September 29, 2012

The location of Chamonix is ideal mainly because it is within just an hour’s driving distance from Geneva airport, where you can easily get a bus or a train to reach this iconic ski resort. Reaching Chamonix is also very easy via European motorway network. The neighboring countries of Switzerland and Italy are not more than at a 30 minute drive distance from the resort. As for lift passes, they cover the skiing areas of Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland.

As much as 90 per cent of Chamonix’s ski runs are located above 2000 meters, making it a perfect location for ski-lovers arriving here early or in late winter seasons. The highest peaks of of Grands Montets ski area go up to 3300m, providing outstanding snow conditions right from December till May.

No doubt, Chamonix is sometimes referred to as a Mecca for free-riders because it tempts every year some of the best skiers and boarders from all across the globe, allthough alot of Chamonix skiers seldom venture off piste. Every type of skier has something to enjoy here, and for family ski holiday the areas of Les Houches and Balme are really awesome and amazing. These areas offer some beautiful Chamonix chalets to rent at prices a little more reasonable than the main town.

To visit Chamonix, being a sports enthusiast is not an essential requirement. Almost 50% of the guests don’t even bother with skiing or snowboarding, but merely take pleasure in the fascinating atmosphere, the indispensable characteristic of this lively Alpine town. Pedestrians can enjoy shopping at the pedestrianised centre known for a wide variety of shops, cafés, and restaurants including two with Michelin stars. Renting a beautiful alpine chalet or ski apartment in Chamonix attracts all types of winter tourists and not just those on a ski holiday.

It is always great fun to enjoy a trip on the Montenvers Cog Railway that goes up to the Mer de Glace, or tackle the 3842 meters of altitude in the Aiguille du Midi cable car or simply use the free buses available in the valley, and discover the far-off villages and rural communities after spending a tiring day on the snowy slopes. You can make your ski holidays even more exciting by enjoying dog sledding, paragliding or ski touring in the snowy area of Chamonix. There is more than enough activities to tempt you out of your luxury chalet in Chamonix.

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