Set beneath the dominant Mont Blanc, lies the lively town of Chamonix, one of the oldest and most versatile ski resorts in France. With a resort height of 1035m, and a top lift of 3842m, it offers exceptional ski terrain both above and below the tree line, making it ideal for early and late season skiers too. Just over an hour from Geneva, Chamonix is perfect for weekends as well as longer breaks.
Located just over an hour from Geneva, the Chamonix Valley is home to no fewer than five ski areas. The villages of Servoz, Les Houches, Argentière and Vallorcine, and many smaller resorts, together with Chamonix itself make up one of the world's finest ski destinations all on one lift pass, and on the bucket list of every expert skier. At the base of Western Europe’s highest peak Mont Blanc (4810m), Chamonix attracts skiers and mountaineers all year round and is perfect for both families and the more adventurous. There's an abundance of runs catering for all types of skier and snowboarder, but it's particularly good for the more advanced or expert, with kilometres of powder and off piste terrain. One of the most thrilling being the world famous 20km Vallée Blanche glacier run, which even intermediates can ski, although we recommend a guide.
The town of 'Cham' as it’s affectionately known is both charming and cosmopolitan. The pedestrianised centre is characterised by its Victorian architecture - a reminder of when the British began to visit. Today it is full of shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés, making it good to visit both day and night.
With a superb location at the base of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, at the foot of Mont Blanc, the Hotel Heliopic is a great choice for a ski holiday in the world famous resort of Chamonix. Great facilities include a Spa by Nuxe and indoor pool.
GBP £1,300 per person
Hotel Mont Blanc
Standing resplendent in the heart of Chamonix in the French Alps, the chic Hotel Mont Blanc has brought a new level of skiing luxury to Chamonix since it was acquired by the Taittinger family in 2013.
GBP £1,500 per person
Ice Climbing in Chamonix
Scale the frozen heights of Chamonix and channel your inner Arctic explorer by venturing to the ice falls with a professional mountain guide. No experience is necessary, just a head for heights and the spirit of adventure.
Snowshoeing in Chamonix
No skills needed for snowshoeing. Escape the lift queues and busy restaurants to experience the breathtaking views and go exploring without the need to ski.
Montenvers Railway, Chamonix
Take the famous little red train along the rack and pinion railway from Chamonix to Montenvers at 1913m high. Here you can visit the imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.