Chamonix ski holidays are famous around the world. Known as the home of Alpine skiing, Chamonix accommodation is always in great demand during the winter months especially, yet during the summer months there is still a real buzz as visitors flock to Chamonix apartments for the wealth of summer sport on offer. Chamonix is an area of the French Alps, very near the Swiss border, hidden in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest mountain peak. The Chamonix ski resort was the host of the first Winter Olympics, and is one of many resorts in the area offering a huge variety of skiing styles suited to all levels of ability. However, if it is not a Chamonix ski holiday you are looking for, there are a huge number of reasons to take a holiday rental chalet, winter or summer.
Things to do on a Chamonix holiday
Chamonix ski resorts have a huge variety of snow conditions, pistes and facilities for snowsports. Chamonix skiing holidays are absolutely top quality, with almost endless pistes of all standards and huge swathes of backcountry to explore. Throughout the Chamonix ski domain are a range of internationally recognized ski schools, so whether you have skied for many seasons or are touching skis or a snowboard for the first time, you are sure to have a fantastically enjoyable and rewarding ski holiday from Chamonix accommodation. A Chamonix lift pass gives you a vast amount of flexibility, skiing one of many different areas in the domain; Brevent & Fegere (central domain with a vast range of ski conditions), Les Grands Montets (largest domain with biggest range of descent combinations), Domaine de Balme - Vallorcine (learner’s paradise), Le Vallee Blanche (off-piste haven) and Les Houches (forest domain with long intermediate runs).
Chamonix is also famous for other sports when the snow melts and the lush green meadows become awash with colour. Hiking, mountaineering, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking are hugely popular in the area, using the extensive ski lift network and enjoying Europe’s most appealing mountain landscapes. Golf, horse riding, fishing, canyoning, paint balling, white water rafting and even tennis can all be enjoyed form s self catering Chamonix rental apartment too. Facilities are also in place for indoor sports, with heated swimming pools, ice rinks, climbing walls and spas.
Whether you decide to take Chamonix accommodation in winter or summer, you are guaranteed both magnificent sporting facilities and excellent nightlife. Chamonix ski holidays are particularly well known for the active and entertaining nightlife on offer, and there is always something going on to get involved in.
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Places to holiday in Chamonix
Argentiere’s glacial scenery sits under the peak of Mont Blanc. A ski holiday to Argentiere is best for experienced skiers, as the rugged off-piste presents a challenge for good skiers, and the pistes here are fearsome! However, the après-ski is great, meaning that an apartment here is more than purely a chalet to hang your skis!
Near to Argentiere is the family resort of Les Houches. There are slopes for the more novice of the family members, but the downhill course is considered second only to Kitzbuhel for technical difficulty.
Travel to Chamonix
For cheap flights to Chamonix, it is best to shop around. British Airways, BMI, Ryanair, easyJet and other providers all have deals from most UK airports to Annecy Airport (NCY) or Geneva (GVA), just over the Swiss border.