Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, more commonly known as Chamonix (formerly spelled Chamounix), is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. The commune’s population of around 8,900 ranks 1,089th within the country of France.
Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is known as the “gateway to the European Cascades.” The north side of the summit of Mont Blanc, and therefore the summit itself are part of the village of Chamonix.
- Chamonix is known as one of the premier mountaineering towns with its famous highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc (4,877 meters) just above town.
- Chamonix is close to the Swiss border. It has a thriving year-round tourist business with four ski resorts, several golf courses, lots of hiking and much more.
- Chamonix is only one hour away from Geneva international airport and a TGV ride from both Paris and Lyon.
An Authentic Alpine Town
Chamonix is a village resort where modernity and tradition live comfortably side by side, giving a unique vitality and character. Its colourful history and architectural heritage offer an extraordinary journey through time!
Chamonix is a vibrant town with a plethora of recreational activities and highlights all year round! Make your choice among a vast choice of cordon bleu restaurants, from local Savoyard cuisine to Michelin star gastronomy, attractive boutiques for shopping lovers, casino, spas, lively bars or sunny street cafés, perfect place for watching the world going by!
A Paradise for Sports Enthusiasts
An ideal destination in spring, summer and autumn with 45 outdoor activities. Adventure sport options include hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, biking, canyoning, river rafting, fishing, golf and more…. and an excellent sports and wellness complex!
Chamonix is a Mecca for all skiers with access to the most outstanding skiing from December to May. It offers a different way of skiing with each day a different panorama on the Mont-Blanc massif. The resort offers ski Adventure, ski Zen, ski safari in 3 countries and a host of activities for non-skiers such as Nordic-walking, dog-sledding, ski-touring, snowshoeing, ice climbing, scenic flights.
The perfect place for Nature lovers
Chamonix valley is a daily inspiration with unforgettable sightseeing excursions to discover high mountain scenery, majestic ice falls and glaciers. Explore the wonder of this incredible environment riding the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car up to the highest point in Europe with a sweeping 360 deg panoramic view of the Mont Blanc range.
Get on the romantic Montenvers rack and pinion train to Mer-de-Glace glacier (largest glacier in the Alps) and visit the Ice grotto, a very exciting experience!