Top Things to do in Chamonix in Summer

As the ski areas close and the snow starts to melt away, Chamonix transforms into a bustling town full of visitors, who come here mostly to admire the views. But it’s not just the views that attract people here, after all Chamonix is known for being a hub for extreme sports & outdoor activities.

During the summer months there are so many things to do here. You can be as active or as relaxed as you like on a visit to Chamonix; take a trip on the cable car to the highest gourmet restaurant in town at the Aiguille du Midi, take a ride on one of two rack & pinion trains or simply enjoy people watching one of the many restaurants terraces in the valley. For the more adventurous of you, you could climb Mont Blanc, fly over glaciers in an unforgettable helicopter ride, go for a glacier hike on the longest glacier in France, try one of the via ferrata courses or you could spend days in the back-country on some of Chamonix’s iconic mountaineering routes staying at mountain refuges along the way.

Take a look through our list of the best things to do in Chamonix this summer, and if you haven’t booked your holiday yet, we’re sure there will be plenty to tempt you to do that right here… Timetables, prices and more information can be found via the links below.


Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix’s number 1 tourist attraction is the Aiguille du Midi, which you can visit on a two-stage cable car. You’ll be whisked up to 3842 metres above sea level, where you can get panoramic views of Mont Blanc from the terraces and look back on the Chamonix Valley, way down below. From here you can watch skiers and mountaineers descending the arete onto the infamous Valley Blanche or heading up to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc. At the mid-way change over for the cable cars, you can go parapenting (more on this below).

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Step into the Void

Also at the Aiguille du Midi is a thrilling experience “Step into the Void” where you can step into a glass box, suspended 1000 metres above a drop over the rock faces below. You can access this via the summit elevator at the very top of the Midi for some truly unforgettable views (if you’re brave enough!)

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Panoramic Mont Blanc Gondola

Also at the Aiguille du Midi, you can take a trip across to Italy, soaring over the glaciers on the Panoramic gondola. It’s only open in summer and if you’re looking to do something a bit different, take the up and over experience – Start on the Aiguille du Midi Cable car, head across on the Panoramic gondola to the top of Helbronner on the Italian side and descend into Courmayeur on the Skyway Monte Bianco Cable car. Then pick up a bus in Courmayeur and head back into Chamonix via the Mont Blanc tunnel.


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Montenvers Train & Mer de Glace

Experience the best views of France’s longest glacier at the Montenvers – Mer de Glace site. Take the iconic rack and pinion train from Chamonix centre all the way to the top at 1913m, from where you can descend by cable car and around 400 steps to visit the ice cave within the glacier. There are a couple of restaurants, a mountain refuge and a gift shop up here as well as a glacier exhibit and  crystal gallery. From here you can access the Mer de Glace for ice climbing, mountaineering routes, glacier walks and a number of hiking routes (more on these below).


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Tramway du Mont Blanc

Chamonix has another famous rack and pinion train line, this time down in Les Houches, connecting the town of St Gervais with this part of the Chamonix Valley. The Tramway du Mont Blanc normally opens for summer in mid June, and plenty of mountaineers use it to access one of the start points for summit attempts on Mont Blanc. It’s more popular for non-mountaineering visitors to take a ride to enjoy the fantastic views, or to access some of the many walking routes in this area.


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Climbing, Mountaineering, Bouldering & Via Ferrata

The Chamonix Valley offers climbers and alpinists of every level of skill and experience something to tackle, and it’s renowned as a place that offers some of the best climbing in the world. There are plenty of places to go bouldering, ice climbing, trad climbing and there are a couple of family friendly crags with sport climbing routes at Gaillands and down in Les Houches.  Les Houches also has an indoor climbing wall that you can access on rainy days or if you are just looking to practice indoors. There are in the region of 100 routes ranging up to 22 metres in height and from 4 to 8c in grade.

There are a couple of Via Ferrrata routes to try out too, one at Flégère and one down in Passy. You can hire harnesses and special carabiners at most sports shops in Chamonix and going with a guide is totally optional. The Climbing World Cup comes to Chamonix each summer too, with lead & speed climbing competitors battling it out to become champions – an event not to miss!


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Hiking / Mountain Walks

The Chamonix Valley is interlaced with lots of walking routes, from the valley floor up to higher altitude paths, taking you to stunning mountain lakes, the edge of glaciers, waterfalls and stunning ridge walks. Two of the most famous (and therefore most popular) long distance hiking itineraries to do here are the Tour du Mont Blanc, which circumnavigates Western Europe’s highest mountain, and the Haute Route, which links Chamonix to Zermatt in Switzerland. There are plenty of family friendly, less difficult walks to do too, for example taking you for a stroll along the Arve river or up to a small hillside cafe (Floria) near the valley floor.

Have a chat to one of the guide companies we work closely with to enquire about prices and availability for walking guides – Chamonix Experience / Evolution 2 Chamonix. Or simply pick up a map and trail information from the tourist office, or ask any of our team members for advice.


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Trail Running

Chamonix is a mecca for trail runners, who come here in their droves to experience high altitude trails and to compete in some of the toughest and longest races in the world. Each year the UTMB (which is actually made up of 5 different length races), The Marathon du Mont Blanc (consisting of 8 different races) and the Trail des Aiguille Rouges (2 races) bring runners here from every corner of the globe. Of course if you’re not at the level of running Ultra Marathons, you can still enjoy the many trails around the Chamonix valley at your own pace. A couple of our team are seasoned trail runners, so please ask us if you’ve got any questions.


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Bungee Jumping

If you’ve got a head for heights and want to see what it feels like to drop 90 metres into a tree-lined gorge, then head to nearby St Gervais where you can bungee jump off the viaduct. You can take the train, bus or drive to get there. (Please note if you’re taking the train you’ll have to pay the full fare from Chamonix to St Gervais, as your guest card only allows free travel to Servoz).


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Mountain Biking

Chamonix has two dedicated bike parks, one in Les Houches and one at Le Tour, plus lots of natural trails and paths, taking you into neighbouring Switzerland or to other hamlets in the Chamonix Valley like Servoz & Vallorcine. If you’re tempted to try mountain biking for the first time or are looking for family friendly trails, there are plenty of options for those too. You can hire bikes from Legend CHX, Slash, Zero G & Intersport and MTB guides with Evolution 2 Chamonix. Ask us if you’ve got any questions about Mountain Biking in Chamonix.


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Skydive

Jump out of a perfectly good helicopter over Mont Blanc at a height of around 5000 metres above sea level. Skydiving is definitely an experience you won’t forget in a hurry with the incredible mountains of the Mont Blanc massif filling your vision and you’ll get photos and/or a video to remind you of your experience.


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Road Cycling

Hire a bike from one of the many hire shops in the Chamonix Valley and explore some of the classic routes around the area. If you’re bike touring through the area, we have some great apartments for you to stay in, some of which have their own garage where you can store your bikes securely overnight.


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Horse Riding

You can actually ride horses all year round in Chamonix (although it’s obviously a lot warmer in summer) with trekking experiences available from half days up to several days long. Discover hidden corners of the Chamonix valley with friends, family or colleagues. One of our team is an experienced horse rider, so if you have any questions, please ask us!


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Rafting, Canyoning & Watersports

The river Arve that runs through the centre of Chamonix offers all kinds of water-based activities, including rafting, hydro-speeding and canoe rafting. The rafting in Chamonix is on low -level rapids, so is family friendly and not very intimidating, but if you’re looking for more high-adrenaline rapids, you can nip through the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy, where the Dora Baltea river and grade 4 white water awaits. Canyoning is also really popular in summer, it’s a great way to explore parts of the Chamonix valley that you may not have been to before as well as a nice way to cool off from the heat of the summer sun.


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See the Chamonix valley from a totally different perspective, 1000 metres above the ground on a tandem paragliding flight. After a short running take off, the wing lifts you and your pilot from the ground and you fly across the valley to enjoy some truly spectacular views. There are various take off points around the valley and different prices may apply for each location. If you’re lucky you may be allowed to take the controls..


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Glacier Walks

Summer is the time to hire a guide and head out onto one of Chamonix’s many glaciers. Explore the Mer de Glace, the Albert Premier glacier or the Valley Blanche up close and learn about glaciers in the Chamonix Valley from your guide. They can help you organise any additional equipment you might need too. Speak to our friends at Chamonix Experience or Evolution 2 for more information.


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Helicopter Flights

Soar over Chamonix’s glaciers and see the impressive mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif from the comfort of a 6-seater helicopter. Flights of 4 different durations are available, each one taking slightly different routes around the mountains. It really is an unforgettable experience. You’ll find the CMBH helicopter base at the foot of the Grands Montets ski area where there’s also a lovely restaurant in the woods (La Cremerie du Glacier) to grab a bite to eat and a drink.


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Treetop Adventure Courses

Chamonix has three different treetop adventure courses to choose from, each with routes of varying difficulty and heights; The Accro Park in Gaillands, The Magic Forest in Les Tines and the Forest of Mont Blanc in Les Houches (Coupeau). Equipment can be hired on site and there’s also a snack restaurant next to the Gaillands park.


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Gorges de la Diosaz

One of Chamonix’s many natural wonders, the Gorges de la Diosaz are a short train ride away in the pretty village of Servoz (you get free train travel to Servoz with your carte d’hote guest card). A wooden walkway takes you deep into a natural chasm in the earth, past plunging cascades and dripping rock formations. It’s suitable for young children but not advisable with a pram or pushchair, or for those who are less mobile as there are lots of steps.


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Tennis & Squash

There are plenty of places to play tennis around the Chamonix valley. At the central sports centre there are 2 covered tennis courts, 2 squash courts and 8 clay courts. In Les Houches there are 6 outdoor tennis courts and in Servoz there are two.

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Beach Volley Ball

Also at the main Chamonix tennis centre is a Beach Volley ball court which you can play on by the hour. Find current information & prices.


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Paradis des Praz

A woodland paradise, perfect for families with small children can be found behind the golf course in Les Praz. There’s a safe paddling lake with rope swings and stepping stones, pony rides, playground, kiosk serving snacks and drinks, signposted hikes.
It’s free entry, although you are encouraged to buy refreshments from the kiosk if you want to make use of the picnic tables and toilet facilities.


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Watch Chamonix’s local hockey team Les Pionniers compete in an evening hockey match at the ice rink in Chamonix centre (dates in red are played in Chamonix). Tickets can be bought on the door and it makes for an alternative and fun night of entertainment. Or head out onto the ice yourselves for a skate; you can hire skates on site for a small fee and little children can borrow the balance penguins for stability. Discounts are available with your carte d’hôte travel cards.


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Dr Zhivago Horse & Carriage Rides

Take a trip around the centre of Chamonix, or further into Les Praz on ‘Dr Zhivago’s’ horse drawn carriage. This charmingly decorated carriage has become a much loved attraction in the centre of Chamonix and offers a relaxing way to explore the local area. You’ll find him parked up outside Brasserie L’M and you pay him directly for a trip.


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Enjoy some pampering treatments, a restorative massage or a spa day at one of Chamonix’ many hotel spas like the Aiglons, the Heliopic or the Park Hotel Suisse. Nearby you can also enjoy thermal springs and thermal baths in St Gervais and across the border in Italy, at the Pre St Didier resort.


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Alpine Coaster

The Alpine coaster in Chamonix’s leisure park is great fun for all ages and can be found next to Planards beginner ski area. At over 1300 metres long, you can go as fast as you dare on the sleds as it’s up to you when to use the brakes. Go solo or share a sled with a friend.

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Children’s Leisure Park

On the same site as the alpine coaster is a leisure park designed with kids in mind. It has slides, trampolines, mini motorobikes, a water splash, a giant swing, a loop the loop, mini diggers, a carousel and lots of outdoor games to keep the children entertained. There’s a restaurant and bar on site too.


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Outdoor Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre

Chamonix has a 50 metre outdoor swimming pool plus a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, a separate children’s pool for children of 6 months to 3 years old, water slides and massage water jets. Join a water aerobics class, come for a swim or to use the gym inside the leisure centre. Or if you’re staying with us at Apartment Beausite you’ll have access to a roof top pool that’s just for residents, with direct views of Mont Blanc. A short drive down the valley will bring you to Lake Passy, where you can paddleboard, enjoy a BBQ on the beach, sunbathe & swim. There’s a special area roped off with lifeguards at one end but the rest is for open water swimming.


 

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Photography & Discovery Walks

Discover hidden areas in the Chamonix valley and learn about its history with photographer and guide Teresa Kaufman. Learn some top photography tips along the way as you take interesting photos of the locals, flora and fauna.


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St Bernard Breeding Kennels 

Learn about this iconic breed of mountain dogs at their breeding kennels in Servoz, not far from the centre of Chamonix. A typical visit last an hour and there’s a souvenir shop on site so you can take home your very own furry friend.


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Merlet Animal Park

Keeping on the theme of animals, up above Les Houches is the Merlet animal park that you can visit to see lots of local wildlife. They have marmottes, ibex deer, chamois, mouflon goats, llama, roe and fallow deer. It typically opens from the beginning of May to the end of September.


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Golf

Chamonix’s golf club lies in view of Mont Blanc in the village of Les Praz. It’s an 18 hole course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr and features numerous bunkers and water hazards. We have a number of fabulous chalets not far from the golf course; Chalet Capricorne, Chalet Betaix, Chalet Amelie or Chalet Olivier.


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Paintball & Laser Game

There are a couple of places where you can lay shoot-em-ups in the forest in the Chamonix valley, at Bois du Bouchet (minimum 12 years old to take part) and Les Tines (minimum 10 years old). Laser Game is similar but instead of firing paint pellets you shoot lasers with an infrared sight gun so you get less bruises…


 

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Casino

Chamonix has its own casino where you can enjoy a mixture of traditional table games as well as electronic roulette and around 70 slot machines. It’s open all year round and contains a bar and restaurant.


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Art Galleries

Chamonix has lots of art galleries and workshops, from traditional landscape painters and photographers, to retro decorations to more modern and pop-art style work, sculptures, postcards and prints. A few of the hotels and restaurants also feature art works that you can take home as a momento of your time here. There are also occasional art classes that take place throughout the year.


 

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Markets

In the centre of Chamonix at Place Mont Blanc, there’s a regular Saturday market that takes place year round, from 07:30 to 12:30. Markets also take place in Argentiere every Sunday and every Wednesday in Les Houches in the summer months and occasionally one pops up in Chamonix Sud too.


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Wine tasting / Cocktail tasting / Whisky tasting

Cha Cha Cha” has in the region of 800 wines plus a great election of whiskey, rums and other spirits which you can buy to take home, or try before you buy on one of their popular tasting evenings. Or just pop in to enjoy a glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere.


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Shopping

Chamonix has a great selection of outdoor clothing and gear specialists, as well as high-end clothing retailers, shoe shops, supermarkets, souvenirs and homeware. We’re not going to list them all here, but take a stroll down Chamonix’s pedestrinaised shopping area and you’re sure to find something to tempt you into a purchase or two.


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Day Trips – to other parts of France / Italy / Switzerland – Take a day trip from Chamonix to explore some of the best of the surrounding area;

France Lake PassyAnnecy, Yvoire

Italy Courmayeur, Aosta

Switzerland Verticalp funicular & railway, Martigny, Montreux, Large Hadron Collider (CERN)


 

If this has convinced you that coming to visit Chamonix in summer is a good idea (and why wouldn’t it?) take a look at our great choice of chalets and apartments, which you can book directly online for week-long stays. For short breaks and longer duration holidays, please contact us for a quote

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Order your Ski passes for winter 2018-19!

Early bird passes, ski 1 day for free & other great ski deals…

Winter is coming and we’ve got some great deals for you on ski passes.
Prices for the 2018-19 season have been published & we’re now ready to start taking your orders.

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Enjoy massive savings on Mont Blanc Unlimited ski passes when you buy them through us before 30th November 2018. You must be skiing within selected dates for the discounts to apply > Early Bird details & pricesOrder your ski passes.


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Buy Mont Blanc Unlimited or Chamonix Le Pass ski passes from 6-9 days you can ski one day for free! e.g. for 6 day passes you pay the price for 5 days, for 7 days you pay for 6… > Ski 1 day for freeOrder your ski passes.


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First snow prices:

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There are also offers for skiing early (first snow) or late in the ski season (spring skiing), special deals for families with 2 children or more and discounts for veterans. Find all of the main season prices for 1-21 days here. Order your ski passes.

Spring Skiing prices:

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When do the Chamonix ski lifts open? If the snow arrives early we could see higher parts of the ski area opening on weekends in November or the first week in December. This year’s opening dates are yet to be released but when they are you’ll find them here.

Read more about the different types of ski pass available & what’s suitable for you, plus information on ski insurance, travel discounts and other activities included with the MBU pass.


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New for winter 2018-19! 

La Folie Douce is coming to Chamonix this winter. Enjoy a different taste of après ski at the foot of the Brévent ski area, opening in December 2018.

With any MBU pass from 3- 21 days, you get one entry to the brand new Chamonix QC Therme Spa which opened this summer.


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Why Chamonix?

Apart from the incredible ski terrain & impressive mountains, there’s plenty to do here during the winter months. Take a look at this video for some inspiration and don’t worry if there are members of your group who don’t ski.. we’ve got that covered too! Read up on our list of over 30 things for non skiers to do on a winter trip to Chamonix.

If you’ve got any questions about this year’s ski passes, please email us on info@mountain-base.com. If you know which passes you’d like to order please use this order form & we’ll get back to you to confirm the order as soon as we can.


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Last remaining Season Lets for Winter 2018-19 | Les dernières locations saisonnières pour l’hiver 2018-19

Winter is fast approaching and we only have a small number of season rentals left…

L’hiver approche à grands pas. Rechercher nos 3 dernières locations saisonnières…

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Chamois Blanc apartment is situated across the road from the Chamonix Sud bus terminus, making it the ideal place to get to all of Chamonix’s ski areas. It sleeps 2-3 people and is fully equipped with everything you’ll need for the season, including a washing machine, TV and a covered parking space. Chamois Blanc appartement en français.


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Petit Ours Mazot is the perfect home from home, sleeping 2 people and furnished to a really high standard, this snug little property is standalone which makes it pretty rare in the seasonal rental market in Chamonix. Its location is ideal, in a quiet residential neighbourhood not far from the hospital and just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. Petit Ours Mazot en français.


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Aiguille apartment is in a great location overlooking the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi lift. It sleeps 2-3 people and is only a short walk to the nearest bus or train stop in Chamonix Sud. Appartement Aiguille en français.


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Christmas & New Year Chalet Offers |Bons Plans pour Noel et Nouvel An

Last remaining chalets for Christmas & New Year | Derniers chalets pour Noël et le nouvel an

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We have a number of superb chalets on special offer for the last few remaining dates for this Christmas and New Year. Head to our Special Offers page to see which properties are still available.


Nous avons un certain nombre de superbes chalets en promotion pour les dernières dates de Noël et du nouvel an. Retrouvez tous les détails sur notre page ‘ Bons Plans

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To book these offers please contact us directly, quoting MBSO18/19| Veuillez nous contacter avec la code promo : MBSO18/19

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Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc 2018

In just a few weeks time, Chamonix will be filled to the brim with ultra-runners and spectators for the biggest event of the year, the UTMB or Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.

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For those of you not familiar with this event, it’s actually made up of not one, but seven trail running events of varying length and difficulty. Each race has a set number of participants that are allowed to enter, and for the big races, the runners will have had to score points from completing other qualifying races to allow them to enter.

This year’s UTMB takes place from 27th August – 2nd September 2018

The Mont Blanc Massif is the central point around which the races take place and its steep valleys and mountains are incredibly challenging, which is what brings the world’s best ultra runners back here year after year. Never mind taking a week to walk the Tour du Mont Blanc, these races circumnavigate Europe’s highest mountain in the fastest times humanly possible.

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The Races

UTMB®: The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – This is the big daddy of all the races which sees crowds of people lining the streets of Chamonix to see the runners set off. A lot of this race takes place overnight, spanning three countries, with the winner crossing the line in around 19 hours. The remainder have up to 46 hours to get their tired legs over the finish line, which is where the cheering fans really help to keep them going to the end.

171 km & 10,000 m of vertical gain – 2300 runners – Starts on Friday at 18:00 in Chamonix – 46:30 hours max Video


TDS®: Sur Les Traces des Ducs de Savoie – This race starts in Italy just on the other side of Mont Blanc and takes in the Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valleys, which once upon a time formed the Savoie state (hence the name). Setting off from Courmayeur they head south and over the border into France before turning north towards Les Contamines and back to Chamonix. Expect to see the winners arrive back in Chamonix around 14.5 hours after setting off.

122 km & 7300 m of vertical gain – 1600 runners – Starts on Wednesday at 06:00 in Courmayeur – 33 hours max Video

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CCC®: Courmayeur Champex Chamonix – The CCC follows a lot of the same route as the UTMB race, but starts in Italy before crossing into Switzerland and back to Chamonix. Even though it’s 70km shorter than the UTMB, it’s still a huge challenge with a lot of vertical. The winner will cross the finish line in around 10 hours.

101 km & 6100 m of vertical gain – 1900 runners – Starts on Friday at 09:00 in Courmayeur – 26:30 hours max Video


OCCOrsières Champex Chamonix – Middle of the road in terms of length and vertical this race sets off from Orsières in Switzerland and passes through Trient before heading back into the Chamonix valley. The winner will take just 5 hours to cross the finish line in this ‘medium’ sized ultra race.

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MCC*New for 2018* Martigny-Combe Chamonix – This race is a new addition for 2018 and has been set up to allow volunteers on some of the other races the chance to take part in a race, then carry on to support their team/race later in the week. The winner is expected to take around 3 hours to finish.

40km & 2300 m of vertical gain – 1000 runners – Starts on Monday at 10:00 in Martigny-Combe – 10 hours max


PTL®: Petite Trotte à Léon This is a unique adventure race which stands apart from the other UTMB races in that it’s the biggest in length, there are no way-markers on the route and it can be run as a pair or three runners together. Teams navigate their way through some really challenging mountain paths and scrambles and it literally takes days to finish. In 2017 the winners completed the whopping 300km course in 117 hours, so they definitely earn a big cheer when they cross the finish line!

Approximately 300 km & 25000 m of vertical gain – A non-stop effort for 300 runners – Starts on Monday at 08:00 in Chamonix – 151:30 hours max Video


YCCYouth Chamonix Courmayeur – As the name suggests, this race is for budding young athletes aged from 16-22 to get a taster of big trail running competitions.

15km & 1200 m of vertical gain – 300 runners – Starts on Wednesday at 10:00 in Courmayeur – 4 hours max


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Where to watch?

If you want to see runners at the start line, the PTL and the UTMB are the only two races that start in Chamonix centre (you can find the other start points in the list above). The main hub of all the action is around the inflatable arch near the Mairie and tourist office in the centre of Chamonix, which acts as the start line for these two races and the finish line for all of them.

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After the runners have set off there are plenty of opportunities to see them on the mountain. Flégère, Le Tour, Les Houches or Vallorcine are good places to go to see them running past. Take a look at the 3D route videos to see where each of the races go to help choose your position to watch.

Probably the best place to enjoy the whole atmosphere of the event, is in the centre of Chamonix as the runners head back towards the finish line. Since the various races all culminate with the runners crossing the finish line under the inflatable arch, this is the most popular place for everyone to head to. Find a bar or restaurant along the final few hundred metres and you’re sure to be right in the middle of all the action. There will be runners crossing the line pretty much all week long, so you’ve plenty of time to come and cheer some of them on.

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UTMB 2019 Dates & registrations

Next year’s edition of the UTMB will take place from 26th August to 1st September 2019. Registration opens from 18th December 2018 and can only be done online via the UTMB website. This is where you’ll also find all the criteria for taking part and how much it costs to enter each race.

We’ve already got prices for chalets and apartments for next year live on our website, so you can book your accommodation for UTMB 2019 now! Get in touch with us via the usual channels, via the new live chat feature on our website, or send us an enquiry for any additional information.

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Chamonix’s new QC Therme Spa – Opening Summer 2018

“Wellness is coming” to Chamonix this summer, with the opening of the new QC Therme spa, which is set to open on 10th August 2018.

The opening of this new spa, which is operated by the same company that runs the popular Pre St Didier Spa in Courmayeur, has seen a fair few delays. It was originally due to open last summer, then was put back to winter and now finally it appears they’re ready to open the doors.

What to expect

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The company says that “the spa echoes the philosophy of ancient Imperial Rome, which placed water at the centre of satisfying body and spirit” and will offer visitors waterfalls that will apparently make you think of being in a rainforest, whirlpools and hydrojets, all heated to between 34 and 36 degrees Celcius (93-96 degrees F).

There’s also  a salt room, saunas, steam baths, sensory tubs, relaxation rooms and an olfactory space where you can stimulate your sense of smell with a choice of perfumes and scents.

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They will also be offering massages, which you can choose to enjoy as a couple or on your own. Choose from Ayurvedic massage, sports massage, a long massage of up to 75 minutes or tailor your own treatment to suit a specific need.

What’s on the menu?

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No spa would be complete without a delicious and nutritious food offering, and you’ll be able to graze on carefully planned meals and snacks at lunch time (12:00 – 15:30) or in the evenings (19:00 – 21:00). Expect to pay separately for lunch, but if you’re going for an evening spa session, the “Aperiterme” apero is included in the entry price.

You can find the spa just behind the main Chamonix Sports Centre and swimming pool, with views of Les Bossons glacier and the Mont Blanc Massif. For opening times, dates and prices visit the QC Therme Chamonix website where you’ll also find links to follow them on their social media channels.

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Renting & riding bikes in Chamonix

Chamonix has a great network of mountain bike trails, which are easily accessible and suitable for beginners and families, to downhill and riders who are more fond of technical, rocky trails.

Chamonix tourist office have produced a handy pocket sized map outlining around 20 dedicated MTB trails, from Vallorcine all the way to Servoz. It includes information on the mountain biking code of conduct, emergency phone numbers and information on trails and how they are graded. In simple terms the trails are graded like pistes – green for easy, blue for intermediate, red for more difficult trails and black, the hardest level.

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There are a number of liaison trails that you can follow too, linking one part of the valley to the other, or across into Switzerland. You can also use the local trains to get around with your bike. Each carriage allows a maximum of 5 bikes and travel is free with your “carte d’hote” or guest card, which we give to all our guests on arrival. In July & August there are also special bike buses laid on – look for V1 and V2 on the Chamonix bus timetables. These are also free with the guest card.


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Where can you rent a bike in Chamonix?

We work with a number of local suppliers who rent all kinds of bikes; bikes for children, downhill bikes, cross country or enduro bikes, town bikes, road bikes and electric mountain bikes. Check out their websites below for prices and how to book.

Sanglard – E-bikes for adults & children

Legend CHX – All mountain, road bikes, enduro, E-bikes, downhill, fatbikes, children’s bikes

Slash Chamonix – All mountain, road bikes, E-bikes, bike trailers

Intersport Chamonix – Children’s bikes, hard tails, fatbikes, enduro, E-bikes, road bikes

Zero G – Mountain bikes, E-bikes, children’s bikes


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Good sources of local MTB information

Check in on some really in depth information from local riders on all the best places to ride, and some secret trails that aren’t included on the trail map from the tourist office!

Chamonix Bike Blog

Chamonix MTB reports

Facebook groups to join – CHX Bike / Chamonix descent mountain biking


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Where to get your mountain bike fixed / serviced?

OK you may not have destroyed your bike like Kerry McGarry did at Redbull Rampage, but if you need a service, some parts replaced or some good advice on what to do, here are a few of the local bike maintenance shops we use:

Double D bikes– Les Praz

Slash Chamonix– Chamonix centre

Happy riding!


 

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