After several consecutive days of skiing or snowboarding Chamonix’s notorious terrain, you’re bound to tire. Thanks to a storied winter-sports and mountaineering history Chamonix is brimming with plenty of off-mountain things to do sure to provide plenty of entertainment, enjoyment and relaxation. Chamonix’s shops provide top-of-the-line, high- performance ski, snowboard and climbing equipment, making it an ideal place for gear junkies to shop.
If you’re looking to simply unwind and rejuvenate your fatigued muscles, the Chamonix Sports Centre provides access to several pools, saunas and hot tubs for a reasonable price.
Chamonix offers tourists several museums that feature educational exhibitions regarding the region’s culture. Musee Alpin takes visitors through the area’s skiing and climbing culture, specifically early summits of Mont Blanc. You’ll be blown away at how early the first ascents took place. Musee Montagnard, in Les Houches area, offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s mountain life in the past.
As one of the world’s favorite year-round meccas for outdoor recreation, you’re sure to find some Chamonix outdoor activities to suit your preferences. You can organize any number of excursions with one of Chamonix’s guiding operations. In addition to heli-skiing and off-piste tours, you can Nordic ski tour, ice climb and tandem paraglide. Ask one of our knowledge European Mountain Vacation Specialists more about which guiding company will match your outdoor interests.
A ride up the famed Aiguille du Midi cable car is like nothing on earth and yields incredible photos of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Vallée Blanche on sunny, clear days. There are two cable cars that ascend more than 9,000 feet in about 20 minutes, making this experience a convenient and quick activity. Get a lower perspective of the Vallée Blanche by boarding the Train du Montenvers. After a 25-minute ride, guests reach the bottom of the Mer de Glace, which translates to the sea of ice and is France’s largest glacier. Take the tour of the Grotte de Glace to see the ever-changing ice caves and into the heart of the glacier. And, if you’re legs aren’t completely tired, or you’re looking to experience the region’s beauty from a different perspective, Chamonix’s 25 miles of cross-country trails will also please.
To learn more about things to do in Chamonix call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.