|ski area:||Chamonix Valley|
|height at summit:||3840m|
In the shadow of Mont Blanc, one of the most famous and spectacular resorts in the world.
Regarded by the French as the home of mountain sports, Chamonix is one of France's most visited towns - dominated by the natural landmark of Mont Blanc.
Amongst its 5 ski areas are some of the most challenging and internationally-renowned runs - the off piste Vallee Blanche for example, or the Grands Montets at Argentiere.
Views and scenery are stunning, the extent and variety of the terrain is unparalleled.
Chamonix is renowned for its off-piste and backcountry possibilities. The town and ski area are regularly featured in extreme freeride films.
Chamonix is livelier in the summer than the winter, with visitors from all over the world coming to take in the spectacular views and scenery, and to try the wealth of activities available. It is a good base from which to explore the area - places worth a visit include Annecy (the principal town of Haute Savoie), Geneva, Yvoire and Evian on Lake Geneva.
Winter activities include:
Summer activities include:
|Eating out:||excellent choice of eating places. Typical savoyard menus, chinese, mexican, indian, the choice is endless. Particular mentions: the Micro Brasserie - Canadian style eaterie with good atmosphere, large portions and home-brewed beer. Casa Valerio - very Italian, excellent pizzas, great pasta and seafood dishes. Le Caveau - wonderfully eclectic menu|
|Apres ski:||good for party animals. BIG choice of bars, with tempting happy hour prices, nightclubs include Le Garage and the swanky No Escape.|
|Non skiers:||fitness centre with indoor pool, sauna, gym. Bowling, ice skating (indoor), climbing wall. Pretty, charming town centre. Chamonix is one of the most visited towns in France - both winter and summer.|