Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, is a world-renowned ski resort town and one of the top destinations in France for skiers. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your next ski holiday in France, even if you’re coming from Italy or Switzerland!
Access to Chamonix
In fact, if you’re flying in specifically to ski, it’s actually easier to get to Chamonix from Geneva, as it’s only about 50 miles away (as opposed to 140 miles from Lyon and 380 miles from Paris) and there are several transportation services that go directly from the airport to Chamonix. That being said, you can get a TGV from Paris (including from Charles de Gaulle Airport) to Lyon, and from there you can transfer to St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) and on to Chamonix.
Skiing in Chamonix
Once you’re in Chamonix, it’s all about the skiing! No matter where you stay in town, there’s easy and instant access to the pistes (slopes). Le Brévent and La Flégère are closest, and has skiing for every skill level as well as spectacular Alps views. Beginners will want to head to Le Savoy, at the foot of Le Brévent, which has a gentle slope and is where ski classes convene for the little ones. Snowboarding, paragliding, winter hiking and other winter sports are also popular in Chamonix.
Of course, there are hundreds of miles of pistes for every level of skill, and all are accessible via one pass, called the Mont Blanc Unlimited. This lets you ski not only from Chamonix but throughout the three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland) that Mont Blanc calls home! The pass also gives you free or discounted access to transport and other benefits. There’s also “Le Pass” and “RapidCard” so you can choose a pass that fits your itinerary.
Other Activities in Chamonix
The fun thing about Chamonix, at least for this non-skier, is that there are plenty of other things to do in the area. From winter hikes to the Mont Blanc funicular to arts exhibitions, shopping, wine tastings, and spa retreats. Chamonix may not be the most budget-friendly winter trip to take in France, but it is a unique experience that is most definitely satisfying!