Chamonix ranks among the elite of contenders for the title of “world’s most famous ski resort.” Located at the foot of Mont-Blanc, it’s the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe (top elevation 4,810 m/15,771 ft). Chamonix is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15 km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel.
Chamonix Mont-Blanc more commonly, Chamonix is a commune in Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics. The commune’s population of around 9,800 ranks 865th within the nation of France.
Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix shares both the summit of Mont Blanc and the title of highest commune in France .
The commune is well known and loved by skiers and by mountain enthusiasts of all types. Mont Blanc, is the third most visited natural site in the world. This lends the area a notably cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Chamonix , the most famous ski resort in France, breaks every normal European rule for a resort. None of the trails drop directly into town, instead, the ski areas are spread along a valley almost 10 miles long. Only two of the areas are interconnected. Some lift lines can be long, especially for the Grand Montet. Buses are crowded and erratic but eventually arrive. The weather can change in a matter of hours from sunshine to a stormy whiteout. But what Chamonix does offer is perhaps the world’s best expert and advanced skiing on spectacular mountains rising more than 12,500 feet above the valley. And Chamonix itself has a strong Alpine flair. You won’t find the space-age structures that set the tone for so many of France’s other resorts. Mont Blanc creates an experience that is hard to beat.
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Small-town coziness is the rule, with plenty of restaurants, narrow streets for shopping and good hotels. This atmosphere can make one forget about the logistics of getting on the trails. But remember, to fully enjoy Chamonix, you’ll need a car or a bus to get to its slopes that are spread out for miles along the valley floor. In order to contribute to preserving the exceptional natural environment why not forget about your car and take advantage of the free public transport thanks to the guest card which can be obtained free of charge.
The bars are crowded with nature lovers from around the world . You can be surrounded by other skiers who are here not for the ritz and the glitz, but for the challenge and the exhilaration of testing themselves against Europe’s most spectacular slopes.
Mont-Blanc summit can only be reached on foot, involving a long and strenuous mountain route.
Climbing Mont-Blanc requires specific mountaineering training and a certain level of fitness. It’s strongly recommend to use the services of a professional mountain guide.