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Top Things to Do in Chamonix

Set at the foot of the famous Mont Blanc, Chamonix is a beautiful resort in France, offering some of the best ski terrain and winter scenery in the Alps. The ski area is magnificent, boasting more than 150km of pretty pistes. Spread across six different zones, visitors have access to a wide variety of slopes and ski terrain. These runs cater to all abilities and preferences, from cruisy blues to daring black descents. Chamonix is well-known for its vibrant town. The charming architecture consists of traditional chalets, ancient churches and winding streets. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and winter activities to explore. Here is our pick of the top things to do in Chamonix. 

Tandem Paragliding

Known as ‘parapenting’ in France, a paragliding flight is one of the top things to do in Chamonix. Take to the skies and soar above the French Alps, taking in the mountain peaks and observing tiny skiers as they descend the slopes below you. Chamonix is well-known for its beauty. On a tandem paragliding flight you will gain a whole new perspective on the resort. Observe its snow-kissed chalets and historical landmarks from new heights. Paragliding in Chamonix is particularly special due to its proximity to Mont Blanc. Come face to face with this impressive mountain as you glide through the sky. Your guide will handle all of the complexities, so all you have to do is enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

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A modern, Alpine hotel with stylish interiors and modern spa facilities. This hotel offers a sustainable stay, utilising heat pumps and solar panels.

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Paragliding in Chamonix

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Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a popular Alpine activity in the Alps. Learn how to control your own pack of huskies, understanding traditional commands and the individual personalities of these incredible animals. Once you feel confident, set off on a thrilling adventure through the snowy forests of Chamonix. Alternatively, you can hop on a sled with an experienced guide, so you can sit back and enjoy the experience. Not only is dog sledding one of the top things to do in Chamonix, but it is also truly special to witness the huskies in their natural environment.

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A magnificent chalet in Chamonix with a home cinema, a hot tub, and a sunny terrace for soaking up the sun and views of Mont Blanc.

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Dog sledding in Chamonix

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Spa Experiences

Chamonix is a great spot for a thrilling winter break, with an extensive ski area to cover during your stay. But as every seasoned snow sports enthusiast knows, skiing is quite the workout. Luckily, there are plenty of spas dotted around the resort, designed to soothe those sore ski legs. Spa experiences in Chamonix are magnificent. Bubbling hot tubs, warming pools, and sizzling saunas are the perfect places to escape the frost and take in mountain panoramas. Spoil yourself with a rejuvenating massage treatment and truly unwind after days spent exploring the French Alps.

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An impressive five-star chalet with an exclusive wellness area. Completely relax and dip between the swimming pool and sauna.

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Spa in Chamonix

Photo Credit: Hotel Mont Blanc

Après Ski

There is no shortage of après ski spots in Chamonix, from exclusive bars for enjoying a vin chaud to slopeside parties filled with table stomping and beer jugs. Whatever your après ski preference, there is plenty of choice. La Folie Douce is the most renowned place to enjoy a post-ski tipple. With establishments peppered around the French Alps, its parties are famed for live music, cabaret dancers and Champagne extravagantly delivered to you on a zip line. There is a good variety of bars and clubs that keep the party going until the early hours. If you are looking for a more relaxing après ski experience, there are plenty of laid-back bars and restaurants in the town to enjoy an evening aperitif.

Stay At:

A renowned hotel in the heart of Chamonix, with views of Mont Blanc and ski-in ski-out access.

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Après ski in Chamonix

Photo Credit: See Chamonix

Mer de Glace & Montenvers Cog Railway

The charming cogwheel train is one of the top things to do in Chamonix. This striking red train takes adventure seekers on a beautiful journey through the mountains, to the famous Mer de Glace. Here you can explore majestic ice caves and marvel over mountain crystals recovered from the region. Grab a tasty meal at Restaurant Le Panoramique de Glace and take in the magnificent views of the glacier. On special occasions, the modern carriages are replaced with traditional ones. Railway enthusiasts flee to Chamonix for this antique train experience.

Stay At:

A stylish chalet sleeping up to 14 people. Groups can enjoy the heated outdoor pool and cosy cinema room.

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Cog Railway in Chamonix

Photo Credit: Mont Blanc Natural Resort

Ice Skating

If you fancy swapping your skis for skates, Chamonix is the place. Experience the outdoor ice rink, Les Houches, for some winter fun with your family and friends. The ice rink is big, so there is space for novice skaters and professionals alike. During the day, enjoy mountain panoramas as you whisk across the rink. By night, skate under the stars and let the moonlight guide your path. The Olympic indoor ice rink, R. Bozon, is home to ice hockey champions and French curling teams, you might be able to watch a game or match during your stay.

Stay At:

An envied location in the heart of Chamonix with easy access to the town and slopes.

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Ice skating in Chamonix

Photo Credit: Chamonix.net

Museums

If you are curious about the history of Chamonix and Mont Blanc, there is an array of museums for your perusal. From historical galleries to Alpine museums and crystal collections, there is plenty to learn about this fascinating town.

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A chic, south-facing chalet with a prime view of Mont Blanc. Guests can enjoy the 10m indoor pool with a swimming current.

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Museum in Chamonix

Photo Credit: Chamonix.net

To find out more about the top things to do in Chamonix, call our ski experts on 020 7471 7700. 

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