Winter and summer activities
Chamonix Mont Blanc is the home of winter sports and hosted the first ever Winter Olympics Games back in 1924. Chamonix is so much more than a ski resort, being a substantial sized mountain town nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc. Because of this amazing location there are activities to do all year round, in fact some local residents will tell you there is so much more to do in the summer than the winter and with high average temperatures what’s not to like!
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Chamonix offers five ski areas (Le Tour; Grand Montets; La Flégère; Brevent and Les Houches) as well as the off-piste heaven of the Aiguille du Midi along with the neighbouring resorts of Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland.
All ability levels are catered for so you are sure to find some challenging skiing to suit your needs throughout your stay. The vast majority of the skiing is above 2,000m and the snow record is good even in early and late season. With the highest peaks in Western Europe looming over the valley, the scenery is second to none.
The season begins in mid November (snow dependent) with partial opening of Grands Montets and continues through to the start of May. However, if ski touring is your thing the best time to come can be between March and June when the touring routes come into their own.
Outside of downhill skiing there are plently of other activities including ice climbing; cross country skiing; dog sledding; snow shoeing; ski touring; ice skating; glacier walking; cable car rides (Aiguille du Midi and Grand Montets); scenic train rides (Montenvers Mer de Glace) and much more.
There are plenty of world class events to taking place throughout the winter from the Mont Blanc Challenge in early December – the first ski mountaineering race of the season, to the Freeride World Tour competition which, in 2015, was the opening event of the series, through to the Chamonix Adventure Festival towards the end of the season in March.
Chamonix in the summertime is truly a lovely place. The atmosphere is much more relaxed and the cafe and restaurant culture comes outside. The centre of the town provides plenty of opportunity for ‘Al Fresco’ dining and socialising in the warm sunny conditions that you can expect in mid summer. Along with all the activities you can participate in there are plenty to spectate at too, with the Marathon du Mont Blanc weekend in June and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in late August for the arm chair ultra runners amongst you, to name but two. Then there are plenty of cultural events to keep you amused; in 2015 we have the CosmoJazz Festival at the end of July, the Fête des Guides on the 15th August, 1865 and the Age of Alpinism taking place throughout the summer from 1st June to the 30th September, as well as many other cultural events for you to enjoy.
Being at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is a haven for alpinists with many options for climbing throughout the valley as well as glacier walks and hiking together with trail running and mountain biking. Chamonix enjoys a fantastic summer climate of hot sunny days sometimes coupled with a gentle mountain breeze, and you can expect the occasional welcome thunder storm to clear the air.
At Chamonix Lodge Hostel we have a slackline in the garden to keep you amused in the afternoons, together with hammocks to help you unwind in, alongside the hot tub and the sauna. The garden space lends itself perfectly to tinkering with your mountain bike after a long day riding or for beers and a BBQ in the early evening before you head out to enjoy the social scene of Chamonix.
The number of activities you can participate in while in Chamonix is world renowned and we work with a local partner, Evolution 2. If you want to book onto any specific activities, please have a look at their summer or winter programmes to read what is on offer. To book an activity please contact them by phone on +33 (0)4 50 55 53 57 or by email on email@example.com – please tell them you are staying at Chamonix Lodge Hostel.